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Instinct (1999)

 -  Drama | Thriller  -  4 June 1999 (USA)
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When a noted anthropologist who left society to live in the jungle is imprisoned for murder, it's up to young psychiatrist to get through to him.

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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>

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Nothing is more savage than civilization. See more »

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

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4 June 1999 (USA)  »

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Ishmael  »

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Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£147,559 (UK) (17 September 1999)

Gross:

£147,559 (UK) (17 September 1999)
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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 »

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In the end credits, David B. Nowell's credit for aerial photography is misspelled as "aeriel". See more »

Quotes

Ethan Powell: [Farewell letter to Dr. Caulder] Dear Theo, I'm sorry I'm not there to say good-bye. You were right. Freedom is not just a dream. It's there on the other side of those fences we build all by ourselves. Thank you forgiving me hope and for giving me back my daughter. And I thank you, Theo, for sharing this journey with me. Your friend, Ethan.
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GREAT! everyone NEEDS to see this film!
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This is one of the all-time BEST thinker movies out there. Shows amazing life principles. Everyone needs to have the opportunity to see this film.

One of the best performances I've seen Hopkins OR Cuba Gooding, Jr. in. Great perfomances, great plot, wonderful idea!


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