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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.

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Nominated for 5 Oscars. Another 6 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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... Dian Fossey
... Bob Campbell
... Roz Carr
... Sembagare
... Dr. Louis Leakey
Constantin Alexandrov ... Claude Van Veeten
Waigwa Wachira ... Mukara
... Brendan
... Larry
... Kim
Konga Mbandu ... Rushemba
... Howard Dowd
... Photographer
Peter Nduati ... Batwa chief
Helen Fraser ... Mme. Van Vecten
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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>

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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 »

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Biography | Drama

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$22,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$24,720,479

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$61,149,479
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Da Lench Mob titled their debut album "Guerillas in tha Mist." See more »

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After Dr. Leakey has instructed Dian Fossey about the jeep, a man in a beige suit beckons him to the plane. In the next shot with Leakey near to him, he is suddenly wearing sunglasses, but in subsequent shots after they've run to the plane and turn around one last time, the sunglasses are gone again. See more »

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Rushemba: Mukara was here this afternoon. He is very angry with you. He says you are telling people there's typhoid on the mountain. The government needs money from the tourists. They get very mad if you scare these people away. Mukara also said last week you shot a tourist in the meadow.
Dian Fossey: Now, that is not true. I shot way over their heads.
Dian Fossey: They are not going to turn this mountain... into a goddamn zoo!
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Referenced in Very Important Pennis: Very Important Pennis: Part 1 (1996) See more »

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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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great compelling biopic
16 November 2013 | by See all my reviews

Dian Fossey (Sigourney Weaver) brow beats Dr. Louis Leakey into letting go into the jungle to research mountain gorillas. She's joined by a local guide Sembagare and a National Geographic photographer Bob Campbell (Bryan Brown).

It's a well biopic from director Michael Apted of an amazing woman and an amazing life. The performances are first class. Sigourney Weaver is able to project a certain self confidence in the character.

The other thing I want to mention is the realism of the gorilla suits. It is hard to tell the difference between the real thing and the suits. It's of the utmost importance because we wouldn't want to be hampered by 'Planet of Apes' retreads.


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