MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 862 this week

Instinct (1999)

 -  Drama | Thriller  -  4 June 1999 (USA)
6.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.5/10 from 24,386 users   Metascore: 43/100
Reviews: 227 user | 101 critic | 23 from Metacritic.com

When a noted anthropologist who left society to live in the jungle is imprisoned for murder, it's up to a young psychiatrist to get through to him.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (screen story), 1 more credit »
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: October

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they are excited to see in October.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 24 titles
created 29 Oct 2010
 
a list of 25 titles
created 16 Nov 2010
 
a list of 42 titles
created 13 Dec 2011
 
a list of 35 titles
created 12 Mar 2012
 
a list of 47 titles
created 13 Jul 2013
 

Related Items

Search for "Instinct" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Instinct (1999)

Instinct (1999) on IMDb 6.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Instinct.
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Edge (1997)
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A billionaire and two other men are stranded, unequipped, by a plane crash in a dangerous wilderness. How many will survive to be rescued?

Director: Lee Tamahori
Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Alec Baldwin, Elle Macpherson
August (1996)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Chekovs Uncle Vanya, transposed to turn-of-the-century North Wales, where the peace and tranquillity of a country house is disturbed by the arrival of the estates tyrannical owner and his ... See full summary »

Director: Anthony Hopkins
Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Leslie Phillips, Kate Burton
Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A widowed mother and her son change when a mysterious stranger enters their lives.

Director: Scott Hicks
Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Anton Yelchin, Hope Davis
Drama | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

When a disgraced former college professor has a romance with a mysterious younger woman haunted by her dark twisted past, he is forced to confront a shocking secret about his own life that he has kept secret for 50 years.

Director: Robert Benton
Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Nicole Kidman, Ed Harris
Slipstream (2007)
Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

Aging screenwriter Felix Bonhoeffer has lived his life in two states of existence: in reality and his own interior world. While working on a murder mystery script, and unaware that his brain is on the verge of implosion, Felix is baffled when his characters start to appear in his life, and vice versa.

Director: Anthony Hopkins
Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Stella Arroyave, Christian Slater
The Trial (1993)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Joseph K. awakes one morning, to find two strange men in his room, telling him he has been arrested. Joseph is not told what he is charged with, and despite being "arrested," is allowed to ... See full summary »

Director: David Hugh Jones
Stars: Kyle MacLachlan, Anthony Hopkins, Jason Robards
Proof (2005)
Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The daughter of a brilliant but mentally disturbed mathematician, recently deceased, tries to come to grips with her possible inheritance: his insanity. Complicating matters are one of her father's ex-students who wants to search through his papers and her estranged sister who shows up to help settle his affairs.

Director: John Madden
Stars: Gwyneth Paltrow, Anthony Hopkins, Hope Davis
Bad Company (2002)
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

When a Harvard-educated CIA agent is killed during an operation, the secret agency recruits his twin brother.

Director: Joel Schumacher
Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Chris Rock, Peter Stormare
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.4/10 X  

An eccentric, East German inventor/defector travels to Los Angeles to sell a prototype revolutionary new car that runs on vegetables and produces no pollution, but he runs into one madcap ... See full summary »

Director: Jon Turteltaub
Stars: Thomas Gottschalk, Billy Dee Williams, Dom DeLuise
The Innocent (1993)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A young engineer is sent to post-WWII Berlin to help the Americans in spying on the Russians. In a time and place where discretion is still a man's best friend, he falls in love with a ... See full summary »

Director: John Schlesinger
Stars: Isabella Rossellini, Anthony Hopkins, Campbell Scott
Titus (1999)
Drama | History | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

This film is an adaptation of the Shakespeare play "Titus Andronicus." Titus returns victorious from war, only to plant the seeds of future turmoil for himself and his family. Who says revenge is sweet?

Director: Julie Taymor
Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Jessica Lange, Osheen Jones
Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A down-and-out writer sells his soul to the devil in exchange for fame and fortune.

Director: Alec Baldwin
Stars: Virl Andrick, Ray Aranha, Kaniel Arocho
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Thomas Q. Morris ...
...
Paul Bates ...
...
...
Kurt Smildsin ...
...
Tracey Ellis ...
Edit

Storyline

Nearly two years after having gone amiss in Africa, renowned anthropologist Dr. Ethan Powell is caught committing a crime and subsequently imprisoned in a Florida mental institution, where aspiring psychiatrist Dr. Theo Calder takes over his important case. Dr. Powell, who has been with a group of gorillas during all that time, is not talking at all and seems to be living in a dreamworld. Very slowly, Dr. Calder manages to reach Ethan Powell and starts finding out why Ethan killed two of the poachers. Yet Theo's case is not just about why the murders have happened, but also about how Dr. Powell became the being he is in the first place. With Ethan's silence broken, Theo is introduced into a world beyond common human comprehension: The true nature of being. He learns that mankind's control of everything is a mere illusion and that the true values of existence can't be found so easily. Ethan changes Theo's view of things forever. Written by Julian Reischl <julianreischl@mac.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Nothing is more savage than civilization. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some intense violent behavior | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

4 June 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ishmael  »

Box Office

Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£147,559 (UK) (17 September 1999)

Gross:

£147,559 (UK) (17 September 1999)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

| |

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

After takes with Cuba Gooding Jr., Anthony Hopkins would routinely say "Show me the money!" in reference to Cuba's character in Jerry Maguire (1996). See more »

Goofs

When Theo goes to visit Lynn at her home it is late at night, yet once inside the house, daylight is coming through the windows. See more »

Quotes

Theo Calder: I'm Dr. Caulder. You've been charged with one count of murder, and found incompetent to stand trial.
Pete: She had a demon in her for a while, my neighbour Mrs Karsh.
Theo Calder: Mm-hmm.
Pete: It would come and go. Nobody saw it... except me.
Theo Calder: What did it look like, the demon?
Pete: Um... Did you ever see Alien with Sigourney Weaver?
Theo Calder: It looked like a giant insect?
Pete: No. It looked like Sigourney Weaver.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Conversations with Jon Turteltaub (2000) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Powerful and intelligent assessment of the human condition
2 January 2001 | by (Westport, CT.) – See all my reviews

On any level, this film has to be considered one of the most incisive and painful commentaries on the human condition. Above the acting (superior performances), above the direction, above all the production values is the constant message that we as a race are marching toward an open grave pit. For all our possessions, for all our wealth, for all our so-called achievements, we have yet to learn to respect the intelligence of nature and to act accordingly. "Instinct" is in every living organism and to deny one's own instinct is to go against the natural order. The prison system in this country doesn't work because it is used to destroy man's spirit instead of supporting it. Until we learn how to live in harmony and love with all the other living organisms, we will continue to destroy what we seek to build. Don't buy those Christmas presents - support your wildlife fund. We don't need things, we need spiritual reconnection with the earth we live on. Dr. Powell, as played by Anthony Hopkins, is one of the most highly evolved beings ever seen in a movie. To the writer I am grateful for his creation, to Mr. Hopkins I am grateful for giving us a character to emulate. This movie has made a lasting impression on me. I hope it does the same for everyone who sees it. Open your heart because if you don't, then you will create your own inner prison and live a messy life that the rest of us will have to clean up.


34 of 40 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Cuba Gooding makes me vomit a little bit bh64
this movie is underrated... npyx
compared to Ishmael andersskitson
Best scene of the movie Spsh4
tissues (spolier) krazykiki_1
His murder arrasjoseph
Discuss Instinct (1999) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page