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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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Constantin Alexandrov ...
Waigwa Wachira ...
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Larry
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Howard Dowd
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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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7 October 1988 (USA)  »

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$22,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$24,720,479

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$61,149,479
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As later stated by one of the costumers, the baby gorillas who interacted with humans were not gorillas but chimpanzees who were made up in black-face and given peaked fur hats to more closely resemble gorillas. This is because the use of actual baby gorillas would have put the filmmakers in serious danger from the adult gorillas. It was also noted that, for a number of reasons, the crew kept its distance from the gorillas when not filming them. One day, when preparing to shoot a scene, the actors and crew were hanging around and paying little attention to a stuntman who casually climbed into his gorilla suit. The suit was extremely realistic, even featuring internal forearm extenders. In the upcoming scene the gorilla to charge, which required the stunt man to run on all fours using the ungainly arm extenders. Being dressed and ready, the stuntman then performed a practice charge. No one had paid any notice to the fellow until that exact moment. When he did the practice charge, he scared the cast and crew, causing a number of them to flee, as they thought that an actual gorilla was going after them. It took a few minutes for everyone to calm down and recognize the humor of the situation. See more »

Goofs

When Dian offers a Snickers bar to a young boy in exchange for information, it is obvious by the way the wrapper tears that it has a plastic wrapper. In 1966 Snickers bars were wrapped in paper. See more »

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Bob Campbell: The tub's for me. A daily scalding might just make this climate bearable.
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Referenced in Police Rescue: The Getting of Wisdom (1996) See more »

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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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very fine movie "based on" the life of Primate expert Dian Fossey
20 March 2007 | by See all my reviews

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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