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Mighty Joe Young (1998)

A legendary fifteen-foot tall mountain gorilla named Joe is taken to an animal sanctuary in California by a zoologist and a young woman whom he grew up with. A poacher from the past returns to seek vengeance on him.

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Dr. Baker
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Dr. Ruth Young
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Young Jill Young
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Jason
Liz Georges ...
Jason's Mother
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Storyline

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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Survival is an instinct.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Box Office

Budget:

$90,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,602,042, 27 December 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$50,632,037
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Bill Paxton was 20 years older than Charlize Theron when the movie was shot. She was only 23. See more »

Goofs

When Joe pushes Stressar's truck upside down and people witness the accident a woman gets out of her car and puts her left hand on the roof and looks to see if everyone is okay but in the shot after Joe pushes his way out of the trailer the woman disappears and a young guy gets into the car and leaves. See more »

Quotes

Cecily Banks: [has just gotten word that Joe had arrived at the zoo] Okay, people! Elvis is in the building!
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Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Charlize Theron/The Black Keys (2014) See more »

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Calliope Music
Written and Performed by Richard Gibbs
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Great adaptation of the classic 1947 film
7 July 1999 | by 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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