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Gorillas in the Mist (1988)

Gorillas in the Mist: The Story of Dian Fossey (original title)
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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:

They were beautiful 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)

Gross USA:

$24,720,479

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$61,149,479
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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

The gorilla suits used in movies up to this time had obvious anatomical differences from real gorillas; for instance, the wearer's real eyes were seen, forcing modification to the face. For this film director Michael Apted wanted to use real gorillas where possible, but some shots would have to use gorilla suits, so the difference would show. Rick Baker met the challenge and created gorilla suits good enough that Apted could do what he wanted. See more »

Goofs

Simba's newborn son is very dark with lush fur, and quite active. Newborn gorillas are usually pale with sparse hair, and are quite helpless and unable to move around much. The baby gorilla shown is at least a few months old. See more »

Quotes

Dian Fossey: You mean we go now?
Dr. Louis Leakey: Yes, to make it by sundown.
Dian Fossey: Dr Leakey, I just spent 35 hours on 4 different airplanes. I should at least take a shower.
Dr. Louis Leakey: No one will mind dear.
Dr. Louis Leakey: There. I've put something in there for you.
Dian Fossey: Thank you, that's very nice of you. You forgot the rest of my luggage.
Dr. Louis Leakey: No room. They'll be sent up next fortnight with the rest of the gear.
Dian Fossey: Now wait a minute! I quit my job, left my fiancé, to say nothing of my appendix and flew halfway around the world. Those cases contain my hairdryer, my...
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Connections

Referenced in Captain Planet and the Planeteers: Dirty Politics (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

September in the Rain
Written by Harry Warren & Al Dubin
Performed by Peggy Lee
Courtesy of Ray Avery's Jazz Archives
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A story of survival, heart break and Gorillas in theMist
5 November 2000 | by matay19See all my reviews

This amazing film inspired me to do something, to somehow involve myself in the rescue attempt of one of Mother Natures most cherished possesions, Animals.

This inspiring tale is a true story and is based in the Congo region of Africa, where Dian Fossey (Sigourney Weaver), is sent to find more information about the little known, Mountain Gorillas.

Dian starts as a bystander pleading to be sent for the trip to Africa in-order to help in some way or form. And boy does she finish wrapped in the core of the Mountain Gorillas chance of survival.

Dian Faces love, war, and poachers and beats them of one by one as her courage and determination prevails, she is truly an icon, a lady to be remembered.

This is made possible by the outstanding performance of Sigourney Weaver who amazingly succeeds in portraying this strong willed; complex character. Sigourney is an fantastically gifted actor and shows us this in this movie.

A must see, a winner, Go Sigourney!


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