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Gorillas in the Mist (1988)

Gorillas in the Mist: The Story of Dian Fossey (original title)
PG-13 | | Biography, Drama | 7 October 1988 (USA)
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The story of Dian Fossey, a scientist who came to Africa to study the vanishing mountain gorillas, and later fought to protect them.

Director:

Michael Apted

Writers:

Harold T.P. Hayes (article), Dian Fossey (work) | 3 more credits »
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Nominated for 5 Oscars. Another 6 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sigourney Weaver ... Dian Fossey
Bryan Brown ... Bob Campbell
Julie Harris ... Roz Carr
John Omirah Miluwi ... Sembagare
Iain Cuthbertson ... Dr. Louis Leakey
Constantin Alexandrov Constantin Alexandrov ... Claude Van Veeten
Waigwa Wachira Waigwa Wachira ... Mukara
Iain Glen ... Brendan
David Lansbury ... Larry
Maggie O'Neill ... Kim
Konga Mbandu Konga Mbandu ... Rushemba
Michael J. Reynolds ... Howard Dowd
Gordon Masten ... Photographer
Peter Nduati Peter Nduati ... Batwa chief
Helen Fraser Helen Fraser ... Mme. Van Vecten
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Storyline

Sigourney Weaver stars as Dian Fossey, in this true story about Fossey's study of gorillas, and her efforts to stop the decimation of the endangered apes. Written by Ray Hamel <hamel@primate.wisc.edu>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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At the far ends of the earth she found a reason to live, and a cause to fight for. See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 October 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gorillas in the Mist See more »

Filming Locations:

Zaire See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$24,720,479

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$61,149,479
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Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Sembagare (John Omirah Miluwi), is based on Rosamund Carr's former house boy Sembagare Munyamboneza who set up the Imbabazi orphanage with her in 1994 after the Rwandan Genocide. See more »

Goofs

Diane did not try to convince Leakey to send her to Africa, nor did she volunteer to remove her appendix, quite the opposite: In 1966, Leakey contacted Fossey and urged her to study gorillas in the wild as an experiment. At first Fossey was reluctant citing her lack of experience, but eventually agreed upon further coercion. To test her enthusiasm Leakey asked Fossey to have her appendix removed in the pretense of health measures which she then did. See more »

Quotes

Dian Fossey: I need eight more Halloween masks - only red ones. Or ones with red hair.
Bob Campbell: I won't even ask why, but I'll try to get some for you in Nairobi.
Dian Fossey: What else will you do in Nairobi?
Bob Campbell: What do you mean?
Dian Fossey: Nothing. Never mind. It looks bad for flying.
Bob Campbell: It'll pass.
Dian Fossey: I don't think so.
Bob Campbell: Those puddle jumpers can fly in anything.
Dian Fossey: I know these storms. You shouldn't be flying. I'm right about this.
Bob Campbell: Yes, you are right. I will be seeing my wife.
[...]
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Connections

Featured in The Universal Story (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Sugar
Written by Maceo Pinkard & Sidney D. Mitchell & Edna Alexander
Performed by Peggy Lee
Courtesy of MCA Records
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one amazing woman
22 April 2003 | by Trinity_4See all my reviews

I disagree with comments that Dian Fossey isnt a heroine.

Whether or not,in real life, she was a loner or unsociable, she was

an amazing woman and someone we should remember. Her tactics in the films arent condemable, when she scares th

child she doesnt hurt him she just stands with a mask and roars,

leaving it up to the child to think shes a witch. As for her apparent disrespect for marriage vows jut saying that it

complete c**p.She falls in love with him she cant help that the

simple fact that heart wants what the heart wants. Also it takes 2 to

tango. When she pretends to hang the poachers she didnt actually kill

them she used scare tactics. She came to love the gorillas as her own kids, so when she saw

Digit with his head cut off she reacted in unpredictable ways.She

never brutally murdered anyone or thing and she didnt kill for

money. Dian Fossey is one of the true heros of the 20th century. Also Sigourney Weaver is great in this role and should of won the

Oscar. 10 out of 10 stars


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