Mighty Joe Young (1998) - Plot Summary Poster

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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>
  • Suffering from the same tragedy at such young ages, Jill and Joe form an unbreakable bond. Joe, being a fifteen foot tall gorilla, Jill can only do so much to protect him from greedy poachers. In hopes of keeping him safe, Jill reluctantly moves Joe to an animal sanctuary. Things only become more difficult for Joe when an evil from the past tries to claim revenge.

    - Written by Tanquanae Blacknall
  • The movie opens with poachers attacking a group of gorillas. Animal preservationists fight the poachers, which ends with one gorilla and a young girl's mother dead. In the melee, a particularly large gorilla baby attacks the head hunter and bites his thumb and forefinger off. The films immediately passes into the future and the young girl has grown up to be Charlize Theron and the gorilla has grown to be 15' tall and weighs 2000 pounds. The two are best friends who play together. When poachers again appear, a representative (Bill Paxton) of a California wildlife refuge convinces her to transfer the gorilla she has named Joe Young to the refuge. Of course, once there the former hunter shows up seeking revenge. Terrorizing the gorilla without letting his human handlers know, the gorilla goes on a rampage across Los Angeles.

    - Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>
  • 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.

    - Written by Andy Mauger


Charlize Theron plays Jill Young who as a child has witnessed the death of her mother and the mother of Joe...

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