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Writers (WGA):
Gerald Di Pego (screenplay)
Gerald Di Pego (screen story)
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Release Date:
4 June 1999 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
One man's mind is another man's mystery. See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 win & 2 nominations See more »
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A very, very good film, with great script, acting, and emotional depth. See more (235 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Anthony Hopkins ... Ethan Powell

Cuba Gooding Jr. ... Theo Caulder

Donald Sutherland ... Ben Hillard

Maura Tierney ... Lynn Powell

George Dzundza ... Dr. John Murray

John Ashton ... Guard Dacks

John Aylward ... Warden Keefer
Thomas Q. Morris ... Pete

Doug Spinuzza ... Nicko

Paul Bates ... Bluto

Rex Linn ... Guard Alan
Rod McLachlan ... Guard Anderson
Kurt Smildsin ... Guard #1

Jim R. Coleman ... Guard #2

Tracey Ellis ... Annie
Kim Ingram ... Lester Rodman

Paul Collins ... Tom Hanley

Marc Macaulay ... Foley

Jim Grimshaw ... Boaz
Gary Bristow ... Federal Marshal

Rus Blackwell ... Government Aides

Bruce Borgan ... Government Aides

Louanne Stephens ... Marjorie Powell
Ajgie Kirkland ... Captain Kagona
Chike Kani Omo ... David
Christopher John Harris ... William

Ivonne Coll ... Dr. Marzuez
Pat McNamara ... Dr. Josephson

Vivienne Sendaydiego ... Catherine

Roger Floyd ... Gilbert
David Deever ... Man in Car (as Dave Deever)
Tim Goodwin ... Helmet Man
Kevin Michael Moore ... Prisoners

Alex Kalognomos ... Prisoners
Jimmy Dipisa ... Prisoners
Manwell Hendrix ... Prisoners

Kevin McNally ... Prisoners
Joe Tacke ... Prisoners
Bertram Wallace ... Prisoners
John Travis ... Bartender Mike
Dave Anthony ... Gorilla Performers
John Munro Cameron ... Gorilla Performers

Jay Caputo ... Gorilla Performers
Garon Michael ... Gorilla Performers

Misty Rosas ... Gorilla Performers

David St. Pierre ... Gorilla Performers

Verne Troyer ... Gorilla Performers
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
M.J. D'Bella ... Nurse

Tory Kittles ... Prisoner

Robert Paisley ... Uniform Cop
Brian Ashley ... Prisoner (uncredited)
Quintin Bennett ... Student Doctor (uncredited)
Joy Christino ... Airline Passenger / Hospital Visitor (uncredited)
Thomas Joe Craig ... Doctor (uncredited)

Jon Freda ... Cameraman (uncredited)
Anthony L. Fuller Jr. ... Guard (uncredited)

Jeff Greer ... Prison Guard (uncredited)
Linda Harmon ... Singer (uncredited)
Victor Iemolo ... Prisoners (uncredited)
Dono Langley ... Prisoner (uncredited)
Kevin McGuire ... Prisoner (uncredited)
Tyrone C. Wiggins ... Soldier (uncredited)

Directed by
Jon Turteltaub 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Gerald Di Pego (screenplay) (as Gerald DiPego)

Gerald Di Pego (screen story) (as Gerald DiPego)

Daniel Quinn (novel "Ishmael") (suggestion)

Produced by
Barbara Boyle .... producer
Brian Doubleday .... co-producer
Gail Katz .... executive producer
Richard Lerner .... co-producer
Wolfgang Petersen .... executive producer
Christina Steinberg .... co-producer
Michael Taylor .... producer
Hunt Lowry .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Danny Elfman 
 
Cinematography by
Philippe Rousselot (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Richard Francis-Bruce 
 
Casting by
Renee Rousselot 
 
Production Design by
Garreth Stover 
 
Art Direction by
Chris Cornwell 
 
Set Decoration by
Larry Dias 
 
Costume Design by
Jill M. Ohanneson  (as Jill Ohanneson)
 
Makeup Department
Christine Beveridge .... hair designer: Anthony Hopkins
Christine Beveridge .... makeup designer: Anthony Hopkins
John Blake .... makeup supervisor
Stacye P. Branche .... hair designer: Cuba Gooding Jr. (as Stacye Branche)
Stacye P. Branche .... makeup designer: Cuba Gooding Jr. (as Stacye Branche)
Daniel Curet .... hair stylist
John M. Elliott Jr. .... makeup department head
Selena Evans-Miller .... assistant makeup artist
Lee Grimes .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Bill Johnson .... unit production manager
Natalie Thompson .... unit production manager: Jamaica
Maxine Walters .... unit production manager: Jamaica
Yvonne Yaconelli .... production supervisor
Ron Lynch .... executive in charge of production (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Andrew Bernstein .... second assistant director
William M. Elvin .... first assistant director
Charissa Forth Kane .... second assistant director: dayplayer (as Charissa Forth)
Dylan K. Massin .... assistant director
Marten W. Piccinini .... first assistant director: second unit
Jack Steinberg .... second second assistant director: Los Angeles
Garreth Stover .... second unit director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Fred Apolito .... propmaker
Carla Bailey .... scenic artist
Pedro Barquin .... stand-by greensman
Joan Bernier .... scenic artist
Mark Bradley .... model builder
Jeff Brown .... greensman
Craig Byrom .... rigger
James Clyne .... concept artist
Kirk Corwin .... property master
James P. Crapser .... construction gang boss
Stitch Crisp .... assistant property master
Cosmas A. Demetriou .... set designer
Marcie Friedman .... art department coordinator
Mark Garner .... set designer
Daniel J. Gillooly .... greens coordinator
Stephanie Girard .... set designer
Dale Haugo .... lead scenic artist
Michael Hendrick .... set dresser
Lance Larson .... assistant property master
Al Lewis .... art department assistant
Robert Loring Jr. .... greens foreman
Fidelma Magill .... set buyer
Mark A. Mancinelli .... plaster foreman
Frank McEldowney .... greensperson
Shannon Mullins .... propmaker
Raquel Anita Parke .... set dresser
Dan Pemberton .... construction coordinator
Gayatri Persad .... art department coordinator: Jamaica
Jack Reeves .... scenic artist
Christopher Scheetz .... construction foreman
Vanessa Spady .... construction estimator: Los Angeles
Tim Steinouer .... on-set dresser
Dave Trevino .... lead painter
Justin Walker .... labor foreman
Andrew Wert .... assistant property master
Daniel Williams .... utility foreman
Jim S. Williams .... co-leadman
Don Dalstra .... carpenter (uncredited)
George P. Gakoumis Jr. .... plasterer (uncredited)
Shannon Hart .... buyer (uncredited)
Bryan McBrien .... greens department (uncredited)
Jeff 'J.Mac' McDonald .... swing gang (uncredited)
Dan Stewart .... carpenter (uncredited)
Joe Suggs .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
David W. Alstadter .... foley mixer
Kelly Cabral .... sound supervisor
Kevin Cerchiai .... boom operator
Toby Dalsgaard .... sound recordist: gorilla
Peter J. Devlin .... sound
Nerses Gezalyan .... sound mixer
Rob Hill .... adr artist
Jennifer L. Mann .... adr editor
Mel Metcalfe .... re-recording mixer
Mark Ormandy .... additional sound
Terry Porter .... re-recording mixer
Scott Sanders .... sound effects editor
David Stanke .... assistant sound editor
Wylie Stateman .... supervising sound editor
Lauren Stephens .... dialogue editor
Lauren Stephens .... sound editor
Jon Title .... sound designer
Scott Warren .... boom operator
Jeffrey Wilhoit .... foley artist
Greg Zimmerman .... foley recordist
Dean A. Zupancic .... re-recording mixer
Stephen W. Potter .... stage engineer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Darin Bouyssou .... key silicone technician: Stan Winston Studio
Jeremy S. Brock .... special effects technician
John Calpin .... special effects crew
Jim Charmatz .... key artist: Stan Winston Studio
David Covarrubias .... key mechanical effects designer
Lynette Eklund .... fabricator
Lance Gilmer .... special effects technician
Ken Gorrell .... special effects technician
Lindsay MacGowan .... art department: Stan Winston Studio
Lindsay MacGowan .... art/mold technical department: Stan Winston Studio
Lindsay MacGowan .... puppeteer
Shawn Mack .... special effects technician
Shane Mahan .... effects supervisor: Stan Winston Studio
Bob Mano .... animatronic designer: Stan Winston Studio
Keith Marbory .... special effects supervisor
Tony McCray .... art/mold technical department supervisor
Kevin McTurk .... puppeteer
Paul Mejias .... special effects artist and puppeteer
Bruce E. Merlin .... special effects foreman
James L. Roberts .... special effects coordinator
John Rosengrant .... co-supervisor: Stan Winston Studio
Alan Scott .... effects supervisor: Stan Winston Studio
Kirk Skodis .... animatronic designer: Stan Winston Studio
Lynne Watson .... special effects hair
Stiles White .... production coordinator: Stan Winston Studio
Stan Winston .... special character effects
 
Visual Effects by
Daniel Arkin .... visual effects editor: DQI
Jeff Burks .... visual effects supervisor: DQI (as Jeffrey Burks)
Steward Burris .... senior animator
Michael Curtis .... digital compositor
Kurt Herbel .... creature effects
Rory Hinnen .... lead compositor: DQI
John Huikku .... 3D matte painter: DQI
Brian Lutge .... CG artist: DQI
Kim O'Donnell .... compositor: DQI
Jeff Olm .... compositor: DQI
Amy Pfaffinger .... compositor: DQI
Doug Sherman .... information services: DQI
Erika Wangberg Burton .... visual effects producer: DQI (as Erika Wangberg)
Gina Warr .... compositor: DQI
Teresa Williams .... CG artist: DQI
Dean Wright .... visual effects executive producer
Matt Mueller .... survey lead (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Tom Akos .... stunts
Jennifer Baca .... stunt performer
Billy Bates .... stunts
Chick Bernhard .... stunts (as Chick Bernhardt)
Nick Brandon .... stunts
Barry Brazell .... stunts (as Barry Brazzel)
Lisa Bucaro .... stunt performer
Lisa Walcott Bucaro .... stunt performer
Jay Caputo .... stunts
James M. Churchman .... stunts
Shawn Fornari .... stunt player
Michael Gaines .... stunts
Alex Green .... stunt double: Mr. Hopkins
Larry Holt .... stunt performer
David Horner .... utility stunts
Matt Johnston .... stunts (as Matt D. Johnston)
Keifus Mathews .... stunt performer
Derrick L. McMillon .... stunts
John Moio .... stunts
Michael Newman .... stunt performer
Bill Orsini .... stunts
William Scharpf .... stunts (as Bill Scharpf)
Luis J. Silva .... stunt performer
Erik Solky .... utility stunts
Todd Rogers Terry .... stunt double
Tierre Turner .... stunt double: Cuba Gooding Jr.
Jim Vickers .... stunt coordinator
Jimmy Waitman .... utility stunts
Michele Waitman .... stunts
John Zimmerman .... stunts
Jodi Lyn Brockton .... stunts (uncredited)
Cort Hessler .... stunts (uncredited)
Christie Sanders .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
James Babineaux .... assistant chief lighting technician
Tim Bourque .... crane operator
Xiomara Comrie .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
David Deever .... 24 frame video operator
David Deever .... video assist operator
Donald Dowd .... video tape operator
Shiloh Eck .... grip
Jack English .... gaffer
Scott Graves .... set lighting technician
Bruce Hazen .... electrician
Joe Humphreys .... generator operator
Robert Ikeda .... grip: Orlando (as Bobby Ikeda)
Wayne Kosky .... grip
Richard Lannaman .... second assistant camera
Bob Leitelt .... key grip: additional photography
Rick Maddux .... lamp operator
Robin Melhuish .... first assistant camera
Anastas N. Michos .... camera operator (as Anastas Michos)
Ted Morris .... camera operator: "b" camera
Brian W. Nordheim .... a camera 1st a/c los angeles unit
David B. Nowell .... aerial photographer (as David Nowell)
Ken Palladino .... rigging electric
Wally Pfister .... additional camera operator
Humberto Recio .... electrician
Pamela Rittelmeyer .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (as Pam Rittelmeyer)
Renee Schuyten .... camera loader
Mike Shaheen .... video playback operator
Charles Smith .... best boy grip: Los Angeles
Don Steinberg .... second assistant camera
Egon Stephan Jr. .... first assistant camera (as Egon Stephan)
C. Ashley Sudge .... dolly grip
Durk Tyndall .... grip
Durk Tyndall .... rigging grip
Michael J. Walsh .... electrician
Marc Wostak .... lamp operator (as Marc Wostack)
Richard Brooks Burton .... additional camera operator (uncredited)
Richard Brooks Burton .... aerial camera assistant (uncredited)
Michael Thomas Dunn .... lighting assistant: Orlando (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Karen Gilman .... casting associate: New York
Meredith B. Robinson .... casting assistant
Irish Stewart .... extras casting (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
John Casey .... costume supervisor
Alix Friedberg .... key costumer
Rebeka L. Roberts .... costume ager/dyer
Jerry M. Ross .... wardrobe
Richard Schoen .... costumer
Barnaby Smith .... set costumer
Jeanie Sturgeon .... additional costumer
Kerrie Karcewski .... costume dyer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Howard Davis .... assistant editor
Toby Francis-Bruce .... apprentice film editor
Claudia Guerrero-Zalokar .... assistant editor
Gloria Kaiser .... color timer
Robert C. Lusted .... first assistant editor (as Robert Lusted)
Humberto Ramirez Jr. .... post-production intern (as Humberto Ramirez)
Jim Schermerhorn .... assistant editor (as James Schermerhorn)
Mary Beth Smith .... negative cutter
Jennifer Spenelli .... assistant editor: Avid (as Jennifer Mangan)
 
Location Management
Carl Coleman .... location assistant
Jeff Lovely .... location coordinator
Jennifer Radzikowski .... assistant location manager
Dave Knight .... additional location assistant (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Pete Anthony .... conductor
Bob Badami .... music editor
Steve Bartek .... orchestrator
Dick Bernstein .... temp music editor
Michael Boustead .... assistant music editor
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist
Elin Carlson .... chorus
Monique Donnelly .... singer
Danny Elfman .... score producer
Sean M. Hickey .... music preparation
Lisa Jaime .... music editor
Shawn Murphy .... score mixer
Jennifer Nash .... additional music editor
Kathy Nelson .... executive in charge of music: Buena Vista
David Slonaker .... orchestrator
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn
Jon Robert Hall .... singer (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Ron Bledsoe .... transportation office coordinator
Danny Mortenson .... transportation captain
Ron Parsell .... driver
R. Randy Pines .... transportation coordinator
Doug Wilson .... driver: cast
 
Other crew
Michael Alexander .... animal wrangler
Jonathan Auzenne .... production assistant
John C. Bush .... video/computer graphics
Keith Butler .... stand-in
Richard Castro .... payroll accountant: additional photography
David Covarrubias .... puppeteer: gorillas
Stacy De La Motte .... set production assistant
Tom Ferda .... set medic
Craig Glaser .... craft service
Scott Graves .... script supervisor
Amie Griffith .... assistant: Stan Winston
Michael Grigsby .... accountant
Bill Hill .... assistant accountant
Lisa Marie Hill .... construction accountant (as Lisa M. Hill)
Lisa Marie Hill .... construction accountant
Michael Humbert .... stand-in
Larry Jessup .... stand-in
Thomas Johnston .... script supervisor
Afnahn Khan .... production assistant: Los Angeles
John Brian King .... title designer (as Brian King)
Missy Lantz .... assistant production office coordinator
Amy Leigh Johnson .... unit publicist
Marc Mann .... midi preparations
Marc Mann .... midi supervisor
Brian McNulty .... technical research advisor
Brynn McQuade .... set production assistant
Montez A. Monroe .... production coordinator: Jamaica
James Moran .... set production assistant: aerial/second unit
Kris Olson .... production coordinator
Brandon Reim .... production assistant
Jodi Reiner .... assistant: Anthony Hopkins
Ken Shields .... production accountant
Lisa G. Shillingburg .... assistant accountant
Kirk Skodis .... puppeteer: gorillas
Cherie Smid .... monkey trainer
Lee Smith .... security coordinator
Allen E. Taylor .... production controller
Jim Vickers .... fight choreographer
Sam J. Waters .... stand-in: George Dzundza
Cheeba White .... production assistant
Jackson Wickham .... production assistant
Mark N. Woods .... remote head technician
Robert 'Bobby Z' Zajonc .... aerial coordinator
Carla Aucoin .... production coordinator (uncredited)
Aaron Huffman .... assistant to producer (uncredited)
Darren T. Knaus .... gorilla vocals (uncredited)
Jason Murphy .... production assistant (uncredited)
Derek W. Tow .... set production assistant: day player (uncredited)
John W. Wheeler .... projectionist (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Jeff Burks .... with loving memories of (as Jeffrey Burks)
 

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Rated R for some intense violent behavior
Runtime:
126 min
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Missy Lantz was so disturbed by the on-set intensity of the film that she asked to be removed from the production.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: Ethan tells Theo he will call him 'Tabibu Joua', which is Swaheli, and will remind Ethan of his home in Africa. Swaheli is an artificial language spoken along the East coast, and inland in East Africa. The mountain gorillas, however, live in Central and Western Africa, where Swaheli is not spoken...See more »
Quotes:
Ben Hillard:You help the ones you can.See more »
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References Gorillas in the Mist (1988)See more »

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33 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
A very, very good film, with great script, acting, and emotional depth., 14 May 1999
Author: Tina L. Vierra from San Rafael, CA, USA

A friend and I saw a sneak preview of INSTINCT last night. The film stars Anthony Hopkins and Cuba Gooding Jr. and looked like a thriller about an anthropologist who went to Africa and wound up living with gorillas instead of just studying them. It was much more.

Hopkins' character, Dr. Ethan Powell, is accused of the murders of several Africans. Having been held in a Rwandan prison for a year, he's then extradited to the U.S. and put in a lovely prison in the insane department. Donald Sutherland (looking mighty fine!) is a noted professor of psychiatry at a nearby University, and Gooding is his pet resident, Dr. Theo Calder. When Sutherland's department is asked by the feds to do a psych evaluation, Gooding as Calder researches the case and begs to be allowed to do the work. Calder has been shown at this point to be a brilliant, ambitious resident with a sterling career ahead, and so Sutherland gives him the chance.

What develops from there is a wonderfully written, exquisitely acted story, interweaving the sessions with Powell and Calder with the life of the prison and its insane inmates. Further woven into the fabric is the story of what happened to Powell in Africa. In the African scenes, Stan Winston's work on the apes is incredibly realistic and never cartoonish. Danny Elfman's score (I don't always like Elfman, but did enjoy the Batman score) is also a beautiful accompaniment to these scenes, though a little heavy in other parts of the film.

It's hard to explain the refreshingly intelligent and moving and thoughtful script of this film. Issues such as what is really civilized behavior, the pack as family mentality, and humanity vs. inhumanity are explored with depth but never with a heavy hand. The performances of Hopkins and Gooding are exceptional. Gooding did a great job with the other film I'd seen him in, JERRY MAGUIRE, but the depths of emotion and the layered aspects of his performance in INSTINCT are incredible.

My friend said after we'd left the theater last night that this came very close to being a Great Film. And she's right. It had a great script and brilliant performances by all, fully realized characters (even the secondary ones), good plot. Where it falls a little, I think, is in the direction. Jon Turteltaub is a competent director who has done films I've enjoyed, such as WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING and PHENOMENON. But in this case, with everything it had going for it, Turteltaub didn't hold the strings tight. The pacing is off in a few places, and a whiff of a subplot involving Gooding's character in a romance with Maura Tierney as Hopkins' daughter fails because you can feel it waffling. Should we leave this subplot in or pull it out? Since they couldn't decide, it leans both ways from scene to scene. This speaks to me of weakness in the director.

But INSTINCT is a very, very good film. Highly recommended. And those of you who are prone to weep, bring your hankies.

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