Universal and Warner Bros. were both making biopics of Dian Fossey at the same time and both were competing to gain access to film the gorillas in Rwanda. The Rwandan government refused access to film the gorillas until the two studios could come to an agreement. It was decided, at this point, that Warner and Universal would merge their two projects into a single film. See more »
The scene in which Dian orchestrated the mock hanging of a poacher and another where she burned poachers' huts are fictitious. See more »
very fine movie "based on" the life of Primate expert Dian Fossey
this movie is based on the life of Dian Fossey and her work with the gorillas in a remote part of Africa."based on" usually means that some of the content is true and parts of it are fictionalized for dramatic effect.for sure Dian Fossey did work with gorillas in Africa and was instrumental in the increase of their population.some of the details may have been altered,but the gist of the story is true.i thought it was a very entertaining,touching and heartbreaking story.i think Sigourney weaver did a great job as Dian Fossey.she really brought some passion to the character.the movie was also thought provoking and i actually became angry more than a few times about some of the incidents that occurred.i find it rare to become so actively involved with a movie nowadays.for me "Gorillas in the Mist" is at a strong 8/10
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