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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.


Michael Apted


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





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


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


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 »


Biography | Drama


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Release Date:

7 October 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gorillas in the Mist See more »

Filming Locations:

Zaire See more »


Box Office


$22,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

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



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The rap group Da Lench Mob named their 1992 debut album, "Guerillas in tha Mist." See more »


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 »


Dian Fossey: May I come in?
[enters and catches Brendan and Kim in bed together]
Dian Fossey: Oh, god! This is not a summer camp! If you want to crawl in and out of each other's beds, you can do it somewhere else! All right? You're fired!
Brendan: You can't fire us! We work for the Leaky Foundation, not you!
Dian Fossey: Get off my mountain!
[to everyone else]
Dian Fossey: What are you staring at?
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Referenced in The Car Keys (2003) See more »


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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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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