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After Mighty Joe Young is brought to America for safety reasons, he escapes and rampages through Hollywood, spurred by tormentors out for revenge.

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The baby gorilla left in her care grows up to become a hugely tall and broad specimen by the name of Joe, living in the mountains as a mostly unseen legend among people who live there. Along comes an eco-minded emissary from a California sanctuary, who talks the jungle girl into providing safe haven for Joe at the L.A. facility. The transition is not without discomfort, but everything is aggravated via a conspiracy of poachers to get Joe into their own greedy hands! Written by Anthony Pereyra <hypersonic91@yahoo.com>

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Rated PG for some menacing action violence and mild language | See all certifications »

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25 December 1998 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$90,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£450,947 (UK) (26 March 1999)

Gross:

£4,307,343 (UK) (18 June 1999)
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Trivia

The melody being played on the boardwalk is "Beautiful Dreamer," the favorite of Joe in the original film. See more »

Quotes

Jill Young: So, this is L.A., huh? Everything looks the same. How do you know where you are?
Greg O'Hara: It's easy. The ocean's that way, the mountains are that way, Mexico's that way, and Canada's thataway. You don't have to worry about the rest; you'll never see it through the smog.
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Referenced in Attack of the 50 Foot Monster Mania (1999) See more »

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Windsong
Written by James Horner and Will Jennings
Choir Direction/Arrangement by Lebo M.
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Great adaptation of the classic 1947 film
7 July 1999 | by (Barry, Texas USA) – See all my reviews

Mighty Joe Young is terrific family fare, and one of the better movies of 1998. It is based on the immortal classic from 1947 of the same name about a young woman and her faithful 20-foot tall, 2,000-pound gorilla named Joe.

Great special effects featuring Joe are the real highlight of the film, especially the animatronics and CGI which truly bring Joe to life.

There are also good performances, especially from Charlize Theron as the young woman, Jill, and Bill Paxton, fresh from Titanic, as the scientist who loves her.

But, the real star is the title character, the Mighty Joe, who brings a wonderfully gentle screen presence, and is the true hero of the film.

Highly recommended for children of all ages.


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