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Instinct (1999)

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.

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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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One man's mind is another man's mystery. 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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$80,000,000 (estimated)

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$10,390,387 (USA) (4 June 1999)

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$34,098,563 (USA) (27 August 1999)
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Loosely based on the book "Ishmael" by Daniel Quinn. See more »

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

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Lynn Powell: [to Dr. Calder] You know, it's all right if you need to hold onto somebody for a minute.
[seeing he's not ready to]
Lynn Powell: It's all right if you don't.
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References Alien (1979) See more »

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Instinct and Fight Club - Is there any relation?
19 October 2001 | by (Brazil) – See all my reviews

Instinct is one of the most amazing films ever produced. Its unique way of criticizing men´s quest of total domination of all kinds of situations and values conflict could never be made by amateurs. Just like Fight Club, it is not possible to watch it and not think about our condition, about our values, our REAL needs. Those who have already read Herbert Marcuse's "Unidimensional Man" or even Capra will certainly notice some relation between them, and see that the idea of these movies is incredible. Unfortunately I do not have enough knowledge to extract everything that these films can offer, but it is not necessary to be a genious to get the "greatness" of theses films.


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