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The legendary true-story of Capt. Richard Francis Burton and Lt. John Hanning Speke's tumultuous expedition to find the source of the Nile river.

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Bob Rafelson

Writers:

William Harrison (novel), William Harrison (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick Bergin ... Richard Burton
Iain Glen ... John Hanning Speke
Richard E. Grant ... Oliphant
Fiona Shaw ... Isabel
John Savident ... Lord Murchison
James Villiers ... Lord Oliphant
Adrian Rawlins ... Edward
Peter Vaughan ... Lord Houghton
Delroy Lindo ... Mabruki
Bernard Hill ... Dr. Livingstone
Matthew Marsh ... William
Richard Caldicot ... Lord Russell
Christopher Fulford ... Herne
Garry Cooper ... Stroyan
Roshan Seth ... Ben Amir
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Storyline

The story of Captain Richard Francis Burton and Lt. John Hanning Speke's expedition to find the source of the Nile river in the name of Queen Victoria's British Empire. The film tells the story of their meeting, their friendship emerging amidst hardship, and then dissolving after their journey. Written by Greg Bole <bole@life.bio.sunysb.edu>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 February 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

As Montanhas da Lua See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$19,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$4,011,793
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Sound Mix:

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

Color:

Color (Rankcolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

English actor Richard E. Grant, who plays Larry Oliphant, was actually born in Africa, in Mbabane, Swaziland. Grant has starred in such other Africa set movies as Zambezia (2012) and The Story of an African Farm (2004) as well as writing and directing the Swaziland set Wah-Wah (2005). See more »

Goofs

Isabel asks Burton to sign her copy of "A System of Bayonet Exercise" and hands him a very substantial book. This writing of Burton's was a 36-page pamphlet. See more »

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Arab chief in Cairo: In this wilderness you will find only Allah's terrible whimsy.
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This motion picture's opening title card reads: "East African Coast 1854". See more »

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Recorded by David Fanshawe
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A Great, True Tale of Adventure
8 November 1999 | by Big O-7See all my reviews

Capt. Sir Richard Francis Burton and his mate, John Hanning Speke's travels to find the source of the Nile, and travails to claim the rigth to say that either of these two gentlemen adventurers discovered the source of the Nile makes for one of the biggest and best EPIC adventure films in recent memory. The performances from Patrick Bergin (better known for PATRIOT GAMES and SLEEPING WITH THE ENEMY), and Ian Glen (last seen on Broadway opposite Nicole Kidman in THE BLUE ROOM), turn in career-making perfomances as the two polar opposites who race to find the glory at the end of finding the source of the Nile. Bob Rafaelson, the man behind the camera, does not feel the need to spare the audience of any graphic details from the expeditions (including spearings, native sex, castrations, and ugly political maneuvering), and in the end, this is the best way to go since sparing us would have cheated us. Nor does he feel the need to spare us from any ticks in the characters themselves (Burton's blatant drinking and womanizing) and their questions (Is Speke gay? Who does end up with the bigger ego?). But the film's greatest achievements are:

1 - It makes you understand why these two gentlemen lived the lives they lived.

2- It makes you want to read more about them.

3- It really does make you feel like you too, got to go to see the Mountains of The Moon.


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