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Merian C. Cooper (story)
Ruth Rose (earlier screenplay)
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Release Date:
25 December 1998 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
Survival is an instinct.
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win & 2 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Charlize Theron ... Jill Young

Bill Paxton ... Professor Gregory 'Gregg' O'Hara

Rade Serbedzija ... Andrei Strasser

Peter Firth ... Garth

David Paymer ... Harry Ruben

Regina King ... Cecily Banks

Robert Wisdom ... Kweli

Naveen Andrews ... Pindi

Lawrence Pressman ... Dr. Elliot Baker

Linda Purl ... Dr. Ruth Young

Mika Boorem ... Young Jill Young

Geoffrey Blake ... Vern

Christian Clemenson ... Jack
Cory Buck ... Jason
Liz Georges ... Jason's Mother

Richard Riehle ... Commander Gorman
Cynthia Allison ... News Reporter
Ken Taylor ... News Reporter

Ray Harryhausen ... Gentleman at Party

Terry Moore ... Elegant Woman at Party

Judson Mills ... Impatient Driver

Tony Genaro ... Boxer Shorts Man
Flo Di Re ... Bambi's Owner
Kaylan Romero ... Street Kid
Hernan Ruiz ... Street Kid
Jenilee Deal ... Street Kid
Matt Deal ... Street Kid
Bethany Bassler ... Cabriolet Girl

Vicki Davis ... Cabriolet Girl

Deborah Kellner ... Cabriolet Girl

Marguerite Moreau ... Cabriolet Girl

Tracey Walter ... Conservacy Guard

Larry Brandenburg ... Animal Control Duty Officer

Damien Leake ... Cop
Neil Kopit ... Cop (as Neal Kopit)
Janet Eilber ... Concerned Mother

Wiley M. Pickett ... Police Sharpshooter (as Wiley Pickett)
John Bower ... Carjack Man (as John T. Bower)

Hannah Swanson ... Toddler
Laurie Kilpatrick ... Toddler's Mom

Richard McGonagle ... Panda Owner

Reno Wilson ... Poacher
Theodore R. Hartley ... Society Man

Dina Merrill ... Society Woman

Lily Mariye ... Ticket Clerk

John Alexander ... Mighty Joe Young

Verne Troyer ... Baby Joe

John Munro Cameron ... Joe's Mother Gorilla

David St. Pierre ... Joe's Father Gorilla

Debbie Lee Carrington ... Other Gorilla
Denise Cheshire ... Other Gorilla
Darren T. Knaus ... Baby Joe (voice) (as Darren Knaus)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jonathan Adler ... S.W.A.T. Member (uncredited)

Bhagavan Antle ... Party Guest Grabbed By Joe (uncredited)

Juan Canopii ... Stand In For Robert Wisdom (uncredited)

Rick Cramer ... Police Pilot (uncredited)
Kacee DeMasi ... Security Guard (uncredited)
Rachel Duhame ... Kid (uncredited)
Michael Haddad ... Carnival Worker (uncredited)

Arden James ... Tourist (uncredited)

Robert M. Johnson ... Zoo Keeper (uncredited)
Antonio Magrane ... Terrified Carnival Goer (uncredited)

Jewel McDonald ... Preacher Wife / Vendor (uncredited)

Kenn Medeiros ... Pedestrian (uncredited)
Bree Miller ... (uncredited)

Marilyn Monrovia ... Carnival Patron (uncredited)

Scarlett Pomers ... Charlotte (uncredited)
Greg Schaum ... Ferris Wheel Operator (uncredited)

J.T. Sherwood ... Security Guard (uncredited)
Sarah Gordon Swidron ... Girl in Car (uncredited)
Sharice Zulo ... Carnival Patron (uncredited)

Directed by
Ron Underwood 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Merian C. Cooper (story)

Ruth Rose (earlier screenplay)

Mark Rosenthal (screenplay) &
Lawrence Konner (screenplay)

Produced by
Jim Chory .... associate producer
Michael Fottrell .... co-producer
Ted Hartley .... producer
Tom Jacobson .... producer
Gail Katz .... executive producer
Mark Lisson .... co-executive producer
Jackie Rubin .... associate producer
Gary Stutman .... co-executive producer
Ralph Winter .... supervising producer
 
Original Music by
James Horner 
 
Cinematography by
Donald Peterman (director of photography) (as Don Peterman)
Oliver Wood (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Paul Hirsch 
 
Casting by
Pam Dixon 
 
Production Design by
Michael Corenblith 
 
Art Direction by
Charles Daboub Jr.  (as Charlie Daboub)
Tom Southwell 
Dan Webster (supervising art director)
 
Set Decoration by
Merideth Boswell 
Greg Wolfson 
 
Costume Design by
Molly Maginnis 
 
Makeup Department
Richard Arguijo .... mold maker
Rick Baker .... special makeup effects
John Damiani .... key makeup artist (second unit)
Connie Grayson Criswell .... wig maker (as Connie Grayson)
Voni Hinkle .... hair stylist
Suzanne Kontonickas .... hair stylist
Deborah K. Larsen .... makeup department head
Frances Mathias .... hair department head
Shari Perry .... hair stylist
Wendy Robin .... assistant makeup artist
Matt Rose .... special makeup effects artist
Laine Rykes .... makeup artist
Joseph Yuss Simon .... special makeup effects artist
Eddie Yang .... special makeup effects artist
 
Production Management
Zane Weiner .... unit production manager: preparation
Sara E. White .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
George Bamber .... first assistant director: helicopter unit
Frank Capra III .... first assistant director: additional photography
Jim Chory .... assistant director
Christian Clarke .... second assistant director: Hawaii
David Hallinan .... second assistant director
Robin Jorden .... apprentice assistant director
Terry Leonard .... second unit director
Matthew B. Locey .... second assistant director: second unit, Hawaii
Justin Moritt .... second assistant director: second unit
Todd Y. Murata .... second assistant director (helicopter unit)
Nicholas Wolfert .... additional second assistant director
Nicholas Wolfert .... second second assistant director: second unit
Wainani Young-Tomich .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Alice Baker .... assistant set decorator
James R. Barrows .... set dresser
Mark W. Brown .... props
Timothy Burgard .... storyboard artist
Martin Charles .... graphic designer
Tony Chavez .... propmaker
Larry Clark .... paint supervisor
Vincent D'Aquino .... greensman
Scott Ejercito .... property assistant
Scott Ejercito .... props assistant: Hawaii
Ray Harvie .... storyboard artist
Al Hobbs .... set designer
Jeffery J. Jenkins .... paint foreman
Kent Johnson .... art department coordinator
Sherman Labby .... production illustrator
John Marano .... set dresser
Ryan T. Mennealy .... set dresser
Miehe .... art department assistant (as Marco Miehe)
Hope M. Parrish .... property master
Frank Piercy .... paint gang boss
Tommy Samona .... lead man
Terry Scott .... construction coordinator
David B. Sharp .... special property fabricator
Patte Strong-Lord .... set designer (as Patte Strong)
Anthony Syracuse .... propmaker gang boss
Gaylene West .... set propmaster: second unit
Liloa Wong .... greensman
Chris Zimmerman .... stand-by painter
Andrew M. Siegel .... set dresser (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
David W. Alstadter .... foley mixer
Brydon Baker III .... boom operator
Sandy Buchanan .... adr recordist
Kelly Cabral .... sound supervisor
Toby Dalsgaard .... sound recordist: gorilla
Dino Dimuro .... sound effects editor
Cody Dorkin .... adr sound
Richard Dwan Jr. .... adr editor
Richard Dwan Jr. .... dialogue editor
Ryan Ferro .... boom operator (second unit)
Gregg Frazier .... boom operator: re-shoots
Richard Bryce Goodman .... sound mixer
Catherine Harper .... foley artist
Randy Kelley .... sound effects editor
Tony Lamberti .... sound effects editor
Gregg Landaker .... sound re-recording mixer
Jennifer L. Mann .... adr editor
Steve Maslow .... sound re-recording mixer
Frank D. Menges .... sound mixer: second unit
Mark Ormandy .... additional sound
Kelly Oxford .... foley supervisor
Kelly Oxford .... supervising foley editor
David Stanke .... assistant sound editor
Wylie Stateman .... supervising sound editor
Lauren Stephens .... dialogue editor
Lauren Stephens .... sound editor
Jon Title .... sound designer
Jeffrey Wilhoit .... foley artist
Aynee Osborn .... foley recordist (uncredited)
Douglas J. Schulman .... production sound mixer: re-shoot (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Rick Baker .... creature designer
Craig Barnett .... special effects technician
Roland Blancaflor .... special effects technician
Lawrence Decker .... special effects technician
Mike Elizalde .... mechanical department: Cinovation/Rick Baker Crew
Grey Hill .... mold technician: Cinovation Studios
Steven James .... mechanical department: Cinovation Rick Baker Crew
Thomas D. Krausz .... miniatures fabricator
Kent W. Luttrell .... mechanical special effects
Jim McPherson .... sculptor
Jeff Miller .... special effects foreman
Erik Muenker .... technical assistant
Sylvia Nava .... hair technician: Rick Baker/Cinovation Studios
Carolyn Oros .... special effects technician
Doug Passarelli .... special effects technician
Gary Pawlowski .... mold maker
Edward T. Reiff Jr. .... special effects technician
Yoichi Art Sakamoto .... special effects
John Shea .... seaming and patching department
Aaron Sims .... designer/sculptor: Rick Baker/Cinovation
Bill Sturgeon .... creature production supervisor
Gary Yee .... mold maker
Dennis King .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Vincent Montefusco .... special effects: 2nd unit-pyro/PT (uncredited)
Randy Simper .... animatronics specialist: Cinovation/Rick Baker crew (uncredited)
Beecher Tomlinson .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Frank Annunziata .... production assistant: Dream Quest Images
Jeffrey Arnold .... digital compositor
Chris Bailey .... animation supervisor
Steve Baker .... animator
Wayne Baker .... visual effects assistant camera
Craig Barron .... visual effects supervisor: Matte World Digital
Travis Baumann .... digital compositor: CFC
Jon A. Bell .... digital artist (as Jon Bell)
R. Christopher Biggs .... 3D motion matching (effects animation)
Carey Burens .... visual effects editorial assistant
Steward Burris .... senior animator
Rob Burton .... head of technology: DQI
Marc Canas .... scanning/recording
Jessi Chang .... digital effects artist
Robert Chapin .... visual effects
Leila Chesloff .... technical assistant
Michael Corcoran .... visual effects creature developer
Theresa Corrao .... visual effects coordinator
Kevin Culhane .... animator: DQI
Douglas Cumming .... assistant art director: visual effects
Michael Curtis .... digital compositor
Julie D'Antoni .... Visual Effects Production Assistant
Russell Darling .... systems development: ILM
Mohammed Davoudian .... digital artist
Vince De Quattro .... technical director
Doug Delaney .... scanning and recording
Dan Deleeuw .... associate visual effects supervisor
Krystyna Demkowicz .... executive in charge of production: Matte World Digital
Teunis deRaat .... character technical director
Matt Dessero .... digital artist
Rob Dressel .... supervising animator
Kevin Edwards .... key grip
Mary K. Fanto .... visual effects art department coordinator
John Fielden .... video assist
Julie Fischer .... digital effects coordinator
Karl Formander .... digital compositor
Carl N. Frederick .... CG supervisor
Carl N. Frederick .... associate visual effects supervisor
David Fuhrer .... digital artist: CFC
Alex Funke .... visual effects director of photography
Paul Giacoppo .... digital creature model supervisor
Michael Gleason .... visual effects editor
Edward A. Gutentag .... visual effects assistant camera
Kyle J. Healey .... digital technician
Rebecca Heskes .... viewpaint artist
Jep Hill .... digital compositor
Elizabeth Hitt .... visual effects coordinator
Dennis Hoffman .... visual effects executive producer
Cynthia Hyland .... effects compositor
David P.I. James .... visual effects production manager (as David James)
Patrick Jarvis .... digital painter: ILM
Daniel Jeannette .... animation supervisor
Sean Jenkins .... software development: DQI
John Johns .... visual effects video engineer
Kent Johnson .... visual effects production supervisor
Chris Keene .... computer graphics modeler
Blaine Kennison .... compositing supervisor
Kyle Kirkland .... systems admistrator
Daryl Klein .... digital compositor
Russell Koonce .... computer graphics artist
Paul Kulikowski .... digital compositor
Grace Lan .... visual effects editorial: ILM
David Lauer .... digital compositor
Forrest Leathers .... visual effects art director
Hal Lewis .... modeler
Adolph Lusinsky .... CG lighting artist
Dawn Martin .... visual effects editorial
Jeff Matakovich .... visual effects supervisor: Optical Illusions
Jason McDade .... character animator
Andrew McPhillips .... digital artist
Daniel Miller .... digital compositor
Michael Miller .... digital compositor
Jim Mitchell .... visual effects supervisor
Saki Mitchell .... lead compositor: Dream Quest
Sarah Moore .... digital compositor: Buena Vista Imaging
Matt Mueller .... matchmover: DQI
Julie Nelson .... character animator
Ken Nielsen .... computer graphics artist
Tony Noel .... digital compositor
Brett Northcutt .... digital matte artist
Daniel Novotny .... visual effects model maker
Masi Oka .... CG technical assistant: ILM (as Masayori Oka)
Michael Olague .... visual effects crew
Jeff Olm .... digital compositor: DQI
Jeff Pyle .... modelmaker
Liz Ralston .... executive production manager: Dream Quest Images
Michael Ramirez .... digital artist
Natasha Rand .... CG artist
Kristina Reed .... digital effects producer
Paul Rivera .... digital composite supervisor: Mate World Digital
Francine Rokaw .... visual effects artist
Angie Russell .... visual effects producer (as Anjelica Casillas)
Joe Salazar .... digital compositor
Marc Scott .... digital compositor
Stephen Sfetku .... first/second assistant camera: visual effects unit
Doug Sherman .... data manager
Mark Siegel .... texture painter
Janek Sirrs .... visual effects
Robert Skiena .... animator
Danny Speck .... technical supervisor
Tom St. Amand .... character animator: ILM
Robert Stadd .... visual effects producer
Chu Tang .... technical director: 3D lighting
Danny Gordon Taylor .... CG animator
Patrick Taylor .... digital artist: facial set-up coordinator
Eric Texier .... digital artist
Morgan Trotter .... CG artist
Dan A. Walker .... digital compositor: Dream Quest Images
Robert Weaver .... sequence supervisor
David Weitzberg .... digital assistant artist: ILM
Larry Whitaker .... digital animation supervisor
Rob White .... technical administrator
Makul Wigert .... production assistant
Marc Wilhite .... CG technical support
Aaron Wince .... visual effects video engineer
Dean Wright .... visual effects executive producer
Steve Yamamoto .... animator
Joseph Yanuzzi .... visual effects editor
Hoyt Yeatman .... visual effects supervisor
Paal Anand .... CG technical support (uncredited)
Allen Battino .... art department supervisor (uncredited)
Stella Bogh .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Philip Carter .... production assistant: DQI (uncredited)
James Healy .... digital systems administrator (uncredited)
Jeffrey Martin .... character rigging: A/W Professional services (uncredited)
Bryan McBrien .... visual effects greens foreman (uncredited)
Kristen Millette .... technical support (uncredited)
Geoff Richardson .... digital compositor: Matte World Digital (uncredited)
M. Zachary Sherman .... digital effects artist (uncredited)
Raleigh L. Swick II .... digital 3D modeler (uncredited)
Gary Young .... model builder (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Bobby Aldridge .... stunt driver
Tony Lee Boggs .... utility stunts
Joey Box .... utility stunts
Troy Brown .... stunts
Jacob Chambers .... stunt driver
R.J. Chambers .... stunts
Eugene Collier .... stunts
Doc Duhame .... stunts
Jared S. Eddo .... stunts (as Jared Eddo)
Annie Ellis .... stunts
Colin C.L. Fong .... assistant stunt coordinator
J. Armin Garza II .... stunts
Troy Gilbert .... stunts
Gilley Grey .... stunts
Kevin L. Jackson .... stunts (as Kevin Lamont Jackson)
Cinda-Lin James .... stunts
Melvin Jones .... stunts
Shawn Kautz .... stunts
Paul M. Lane .... stunt driver
Malosi Leonard .... stunts
Matt Leonard .... stunts
Terry Leonard .... stunt coordinator
Jimmy Lewis Jr. .... stunts (as James M. Lewis Jr.)
Eric Mansker .... stunts
Dwayne McGee .... stunts (as Warren Dwayne McGee)
Jimmy N. Roberts .... stunt double: Naveen Andrews
Shawn Robinson .... stunts
Pat Romano .... stunts (as Patrick Romano)
James Ryan .... stunts
Lynn Salvatori .... stunts
Anthony G. Schmidt .... stunts (as Anthony Schmidt)
John-Clay Scott .... stunts
Walter Scott .... stunts (as Walt Scott)
Mike Smith .... stunts
Nancy Thurston .... stunts
Tim Trella .... stunts
Christopher J. Tuck .... stunt coordinator: L.A. River Unit (as Chris Tuck)
Christopher J. Tuck .... stunts (as Chris Tuck)
Jim Wilkey .... stunts
Keith Woulard .... stunts
Michael Adams .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Kevin Beard .... stunt driver: Bill Young driving team (uncredited)
Chris Blackwood .... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Bucaro III .... stunts (uncredited)
Leigh Hennessy .... stunts (uncredited)
Kevin N. Johnston .... stunts (uncredited)
Shawn Lane .... stunt double: Geoffrey Blake (uncredited)
Jalil Jay Lynch .... stunts (uncredited)
Brian Joseph Moore .... stunts (uncredited)
Hugh Aodh O'Brien .... stunts (uncredited)
Jimmy Romano .... stunts (uncredited)
Kevin Scott .... stunts (uncredited)
Tim Werner .... stunts (uncredited)
Bill Young .... precision driver coordinator: Bill Young 's Driving Team (uncredited)
Nancy Young .... stunt double: Ms. Theron (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
John Agalsoff Jr. .... video assist operator
Michael Anderson .... best boy grip
Audie Aragon .... dolly grip
Chris Bangma .... assistant camera: SpaceCam
Adam Barth .... video assist operator
Hans Bjerno .... camera operator: SpaceCam
Steve Chase .... grip
David R. Christensen .... best boy electric
John Colorado .... grip
Steve Craft .... assistant camera
Lowell Crisp .... electrician
Tony X. Deale .... rigging grip
Damon Doherty .... grip
Frank Dorowsky .... rigging gaffer
Paul A. Edwards .... camera operator
Rudy M. Fenenga Jr. .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Scott Floren .... key grip: second unit (as Scott F. Floren)
Mark Gerasimenko .... assistant camera
Paul Gonsoulin .... film loader
Dylan Goss .... aerial camera operator (as Dylan M. Gross)
Bill Green .... grip
Anthony D. Guzman .... rig electrician
Frank Hughes .... rigging gaffer
Kent Johnson .... additional photographer
Eric K. Jones .... assistant camera
Scott C. Keys .... rigging electric best boy
Ronald R. Koch Jr. .... electrician: second unit
Michael Lambert .... dimmer board operator
Wayne Marshall .... rigging electric
Jeff Murrell .... gaffer: second unit
Douglas Olivares .... camera operator
Jay Peterman .... first assistant camera: "a" camera, second unit
Keith Peterman .... director of photography: second unit
Paul Plannette .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Derick Pritchard .... lighting technician
Louis Ramos .... gaffer: visual effects unit
Steve Reinhardt .... assistant chief lighting technician: second unit
Dennis Seawright .... first assistant camera
Don Selsor .... grip
Tim Sheridan .... assistant camera
Gregory W. Smith .... Steadicam operator
Gregory W. Smith .... camera operator: "b" camera
Joshua E. Smith .... lighting technician
Gary Stark .... electrician
Michael Strong .... rigging grip
Scott Whitbread .... camera loader
Jerald L. Wilson .... rigging electrician
Mark Gutterud .... assistant camera: Hawaii (uncredited)
Peter Jensen .... Steadicam operator (uncredited)
Michael P. May .... camera operator (uncredited)
Jason Selsor .... rigging grip (uncredited)
 
Animation Department
Rob Dressel .... supervising animator
Bill E. Miller .... animator
Dave Mullins .... animator
Steve Nichols .... animator
 
Casting Department
Cash Oshman .... crowd casting
Vanessa Portillo .... extras casting (uncredited)
Scott Rhodes .... extras casting (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Laura Alvarez .... costumer
Claire Flewin .... specialty costumer
Mary C. Lane .... key costumer
James Lapidus .... costume supervisor
Helen Monaghan .... wardrobe supervisor: second unit
Susan Roberts .... costumer
Scheris Shephard .... set costumer
Valerie Zielonka .... costume supervisor
Kanani Wolf .... costumer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Erik C. Andersen .... assistant editor
Gordon Antell .... assistant editor: lightworks
Mike Bellamy .... final colorist
Travon Brumfield .... apprentice editor: film
Adrian Kays .... assistant editor: main title
David Orr .... color timer
Bart Rachmil .... assistant editor
Joe A. Riley .... post-production coordinator
Gina Hirsch .... apprentice editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Ron Aston .... musician
Bob Badami .... additional music editor
Bob Bornstein .... music preparation
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist
Sandy DeCrescent .... orchestra contractor
Michael Fisher .... musician
Benoit Grey .... music proof reader
Tony Hinnigan .... musician
James Horner .... conductor
James Horner .... orchestrator
Kenneth Karman .... additional music editor
Brian Kilgore .... musician
Edie Lehmann .... singer
Kazu Matsui .... musician
Barbara McDermott .... assistant music editor
Maria Newman .... musician
J.A.C. Redford .... orchestrator
Simon Rhodes .... music scoring mixer
Jay B. Richardson .... musician
James Thatcher .... musician: French horn
Ian Underwood .... musician
Bob Zimmitti .... musician
 
Transportation Department
William Ballard .... transportation captain
John Characky .... driver
Alberto Coto .... driver
Steve Mann .... picture car coordinator
Dennis Marchant .... picture car fabricator/mechanic
Stan Mataele .... driver
Kenneth A. Owen .... picture car mechanic (as Ken Owen)
Timothy P. Ryan .... transportation
Gary Shephard .... transportation coordinator
Larry Shephard .... transportation coordinator
Jerry Sidwell .... transportation
Bruce Smith .... transportation
Gary Thomas Williams .... driver: Mr. Underwood (as Gary 'Little G' Williams)
Bill Young .... precision driver coordinator
 
Other crew
Ellen Adolph .... production accountant
Bhagavan Antle .... animal trainer
Rick Baker .... creature designer and producer: Mighty Joe Young
Kevin A. Canamar .... supervising set medic
Matthew Cassel .... location manager: re-shoots
Titus Y.H. Chong .... production assistant
Gary Michael Clark .... first assistant accountant
Dave Coennen .... production assistant (as David Coennen)
Kyle Cooper .... title designer: main title sequence
Janna Crawford .... gorilla fabricator
Michael Culbert .... assistant: Bill Paxton
Mike Currie .... set production assistant
Stacy De La Motte .... set production assistant: second unit
Cheryl Eckelberg .... stand-in: Ms. Theron
Jon Eichelberger .... survey
Mike Elizalde .... puppeteer
Louis Farah .... construction medic
Randi Feldman .... script supervisor: second unit
Lori Freitag-Hild .... compositor: main title
Jurgen Heimann .... mechanic: Cinovation Studios
Robert M. Johnson .... animal trainer
Robert Karpman .... location manager: Los Angeles river unit
John C. Kruize .... accountant: second unit
Deborah Landis .... photo double
Kevin LaRosa .... aerial coordinator (as Kevin La Rosa)
Greg Lazzaro .... key location manager
Daryl C. Lefever .... assistant accountant
Abbie Ludwig .... production coordinator: additional photography
Larry Madrid .... animal coordinator
Sherry Marshall .... production coordinator
Randy McKenney .... extras coordinator
Haley McLane .... additional script supervisor: animatronics unit
Bob Merrick .... production assistant
Neal Naito .... production assistant
M. Michelle Nishikawa .... production coordinator: Los Angeles
Shaun O'Banion .... production assistant: second unit
Deborah J. Page .... location manager
Mariko Phillips .... production assistant: 2nd unit, Hawaii
Yvonne Ramond .... construction accountant
Joe A. Riley .... production secretary
Eric Rivera .... craft service
Angie Ryan .... accounting assistant
Bob Schoofs .... stand-in: Mr. Paxton (as Robert Schoofs)
Jeffrey Schwartz .... production assistant
Mark Setrakian .... principal puppeteer
Steve Sherman .... puppeteer
Bill Sturgeon .... puppeteer
Patience Thoreson .... script supervisor: second unit
Judi Townsend .... script supervisor
Anne Trop .... assistant: Ron Underwood
Kazuhiro Tsuji .... principle artist: Cinovation Studios
Ken Twohy .... production assistant
Edgar Wallace .... original idea
Chad Waters .... cosmetic supervisor: Cinovation Studios
Jennifer Wellings .... extras coordinator
Benjamin Winter .... production assistant
Charles Zuendel .... production assistant
George Brown .... production assistant (uncredited)
Manny Chavez .... production safety supervisor (uncredited)
Keith D. Fisher .... dispatcher (uncredited)
Matthew Howard .... adr loop group (uncredited)
Kenneth Hunter .... location scout (uncredited)
Marcel Valcarce .... artist: main titles (uncredited)
 

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MPAA:
Rated PG for some menacing action violence and mild language
Runtime:
114 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Canada:PG (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Chile:TE | Finland:K-10 | France:U | Germany:6 (cut) | Germany:12 (w) | Iceland:L | Peru:PT | Portugal:M/6 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:All | Spain:T | Sweden:11 | UK:PG | USA:PG (certificate #36273)
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Trivia:
Like most films during the 1990's that features creature effects, Joe was created through the mixture of practical and digital effects. For the majority of the film, Joe was portrayed by creature suit performer ('John Alexander') who wore a radio-controlled animatronic gorilla suit created by special makeup effects artist (Rick Baker) and his crew at Cinovation Studios. In order to achieve those scenes, Alexander would often act on miniature sets that were surrounded by blue screen in which visual effects house DreamQuest Images would composite him into footage that was shot before. While in the beginning of the film when Joe was an infant he was performed by (Verne Troyer). For certain scenes, the filmmakers used three full-sized animatronics (one in quadraped, one sitting down, and one in a dead position) also created by Baker's crew. For the scenes where the digital Joe was used, visual effects houses DreamQuest Images and Industrial, Light, & Magic would work on different scenes using the same model provided by Baker. Many of these performances were achieved by key-frame animation, but when the digital Joe was running and jumping was motion capture data that they captured from an infant chimpanzee.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): In Gregg's first appearance he refers briefly to a map, then orients himself with a magnetic compass, while resting the same arm on the steel hood of his Humvee.See more »
Quotes:
Jill Young:[Gregg is holding out his hand to shake on their deal that Jill is in charge of Joe if they go with him to L.A] That's not how we make deals around here. You have to get bitten by a Mahooky Spider, you'll get a fever and delusions. You'll start to say things. Then if you're intensions prove true... we trust you.
Greg O'Hara:[pausing] If I get bit and prove true, you'll come with me?
Jill Young:Yep. What do you think?
Greg O'Hara:[staring at her] I think that's the biggest load of crap I've ever heard.
Jill Young:[smiles] maybe you're not such a fool after all.
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Movie Connections:
References Wagon Master (1950)See more »
Soundtrack:
Beautiful DreamerSee more »

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25 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
Endearing movie, way better than expected, 12 February 2001
Author: quin1974 (quin@hideout.demon.nl) from Den Haag, The Netherlands

King Kong must be one of the greatest animals ever to grace to silver screen, he sure is the biggest primate to do this. But there is a good runner up: Joe. Once before filmed in 1956 also as `Mighty Joe Young', this story of a gorilla with a defect in his genes which causes him to grow out of proportions into a 2000 lbs primate, is a great one.

The story begins with little Jill Young and her mother as they are in the jungle observing a group of gorilla's. Little Jill instantly bonds with Little Joe, a baby gorilla. At night the group of gorilla's is attacked by poachers and Jill and her mother go out there to the jungle to protect them. To no avail, because in the end both Jill's and Joe's mother are killed. Twelve years later Jill (Theron) is still with Joe and Joe has grown into this enormous gorilla weighing over 2000 lbs. Paxton comes to the jungle to investigate a myth of a giant primate protecting the area of the mountain where Joe lives. Joe and Paxton meet, poachers come to hunt him down and Paxton and Jill decide to take Joe to a preserve in California so he can have a more quiet life. But danger is not gone, even in California old enemies come to hunt him down, and Joe ultimately has to undertake a very brave action...

This is the outline of a very well crafted piece of cinema, family entertainment at its best. The script is very well written, the characters are likable and convincing. You have the hero and the heroine, the villain and luckily the moronic sidekicks have been left at home this time. Joe is a lovely character, although a lot of him has been done with CGI, he is still very convincing. A lot of work has gone into creating the right facial expressions to give him a human touch. The story unfolds at rollercoaster speed, never lets off steam and constantly plunges the audiences into new surprises and endearing situations.

Ron Underwood did a great job at recreating this story on screen. The performances are way above average, even Theron is good for once. Paxton is his Paxton self. The art direction is fine as well. The sets are well designed, if somewhat "Disney" at times. The special effects were awesome and state-of-the-art. Although some of the scenes could be recognized as being CGI, this was not very bothersome, there have been worse attempts at this genre.

A lovely picture for the family, if maybe not for the smallest of the family, some of the scenes can be quite frightening for some. One must be a very big cynical grown-up not be moved by the final scenes at the fairground.

9/10

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