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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

Taglines:

In a land of beauty, wonder and danger, she would follow a dream, fall in love and risk her life to save the mountain gorillas from extinction. See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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)

Opening Weekend USA:

$366,925, 25 September 1988

Gross USA:

$24,720,479

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$61,149,479
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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

The scene in which Dian orchestrated the mock hanging of a poacher and another where she burned poachers' huts are fictitious. See more »

Quotes

Dian Fossey: Fourth and fifth digits webbed. I know you.
Dian Fossey: Nice ring, Van Vecten. Zoo sale profits?
Van Veeten: Miss Fossey, where did you see your first wild animal? In a zoo, wasn't it?
Dian Fossey: You like this ring? You wanna keep the hand it's on?
Dian Fossey: If I see or hear or smell you anywhere near my gorillas you'll be writing with your other hand, and I'll have an ashtray.
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It's A Good Day
Written by Peggy Lee & Dave Barbour
Performed by Peggy Lee
Courtesy of Capitol Records Inc. Special Markets
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Dian Fossey, guerilla conservationist
5 August 2017 | by Mr-FusionSee all my reviews

Biopic seems to be the go-to description for "Gorillas in the Mist", but that's a misconception. It only focuses on Fossey's time in the mountains of Africa, and there's an awful lot of material that's glossed over (character motivations, primarily). It's a frustrating script in that respect.

But the movie succeeds where it has to, mainly in the scenes with Sigourney Weaver (superb in the role) spending time with the gorillas and earning their trust. Weave exudes tremendous heart, and despite the movie's problems, it can be extremely touching.

It's a testament to her talent.

7/10


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