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The Ghost and the Darkness (1996)

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A bridge engineer and an experienced old hunter begin a hunt for two lions after they start attacking local construction workers.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Henry Cele ...
Kurt Egelhof ...
Indian Victim
Satchu Annamalai ...
Worker #1
Teddy Reddy ...
Worker #2
Raheem Khan ...
Worker #3 (as Rakeem Khan)
Jack Devnarain ...
Nervous Sikh Orderly
Glen Gabela ...
Orderly #1


Sir Robert Beaumont is behind schedule on a railroad in Africa. Enlisting noted engineer John Henry Patterson to right the ship, Beaumont expects results. Everything seems great until the crew discovers the mutilated corpse of the project's foreman, seemingly killed by a lion. After several more attacks, Patterson calls in famed hunter Charles Remington, who has finally met his match in the bloodthirsty lions. Written by Jwelch5742

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Plot Keywords:

lion | bridge | hunter | engineer | railway | See All (71) »


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence and gore involving animal attacks | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

11 October 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Geist und die Dunkelheit  »

Box Office


$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$9,215,063 (USA) (11 October 1996)


$38,553,833 (USA) (7 February 1997)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


William Goldman's inspiration for Charles Remington was Burt Lancaster. See more »


Patterson climbs the tree to escape a lion that has blood which appears and disappears from its face. See more »


[first lines]
Samuel: This is the most famous and true African adventure.
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Crazy Credits

The beginning of the end credits is shown with a photograph of the real bridge as background. See more »


Remake of Bwana Devil (1952) See more »


Hamara Haath (Our Hands Unite)
Written and Produced by George Acogny
Performed by The Worldbeaters with The Johannesburg Choir, featuring Rahat Fateh Ali Khan
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A success in originality, story telling, and terror.
13 December 1998 | by See all my reviews

The Ghost and the Darkness is an excellent film. It has the ingredients of a landmark movie. The story is based on fact. There was a bridge being built in Tsavo in 1898. There were two man-eating lions there who killed 130 people for no reason. And I believe there was something more behind the intentions of these lions. Evil can and does exist anywhere. Undoubtedly in humans, and, probably more than we'll ever know, in animals. The Ghost and the Darkness is a reminder how vulnerable we are to nature's fury, and that we should never under-estimate the potential of any animal.

In closing, I'll say that this movie is perfectly directed, superbly scored, and beautifully filmed, and to the adventurous and open-minded viewer, a movie with lasting satisfying and chilling effects.

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