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Set in 1898, this movie is based on the true story of two lions in Africa that killed 35 people over a nine month period, while a bridge engineer and an experienced old hunter tried to kill them. Written by Adil Siddiqi <adil@virginia.edu>

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

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11 October 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Geist und die Dunkelheit  »

Box Office

Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

ITL 3,820,999,000 (Italy) (27 December 1996)

Gross:

$38,553,833 (USA) (7 February 1997)
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According to the book 'The Devil's Candy', in 1990 Brian De Palma was attached to direct. He was turned down by the studio after the failure of The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990). Kenneth Branagh was also approached after the success of Henry V (1989). See more »

Goofs

When Robert Beaumont asks Col. Patterson to build the bridge, the world map behind him shows countries like India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and various African countries which were obviously not separate countries in 1896. See more »

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[first lines]
Samuel: This is the most famous and true African adventure.
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The beginning of the end credits is shown with a photograph of the real bridge as background. See more »

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Iye Oyeha
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Lyrics by George Acogny
Produced by George Acogny
Performed by The Worldbeaters
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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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