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Mountains of the Moon (1990)

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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.

Director:

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 Francis Burton
Iain Glen ... John Hanning Speke
Richard E. Grant ... Larry Oliphant
Fiona Shaw ... Isabel Arundell (Mrs Burton as from 1861)
John Savident ... Lord Murchison
James Villiers James Villiers ... Lord Oliphant
Adrian Rawlins ... Edward
Peter Vaughan ... Lord Houghton
Delroy Lindo ... Mabruki
Bernard Hill ... Dr. David 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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R | See all certifications »

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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 »

Filming Locations:

Africa See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$19,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$4,011,793
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70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Rankcolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The movie features the famous African explorer character of Dr. Livingstone (Dr. David Livingstone), who is well-known for being referenced in the famous quotation "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?", and who is portrayed in the picture by actor Bernard Hill. See more »

Goofs

Although Larry Oliphant is portrayed as a homosexual, by all accounts he was in real life heterosexual: the filmmakers changed his sexual orientation to create a more dramatic reason for Speke's betrayal of Burton after all they had gone through together. See more »

Quotes

Arab chief in Cairo: In this wilderness you will find only Allah's terrible whimsy.
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Connections

Spoofed in Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995) See more »

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Kawamba Dance
Recorded by David Fanshawe
From the album "Africa - Witchcraft & Ritual Music"
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A great film, it's to bad no went to see it.
8 December 2001 | by youroldpaljimSee all my reviews

When this film came out in 1990, it disappeared from the theaters as quickly as it came. Which is a shame really, because MOUNTAINS OF THE MOON is an excellent historical drama about the search for source of the Nile. The film is beautifully photographed on real African locations. I hate to call this film an epic, because that word has bad connotations today, and the film does not suffer from "epicitis" like so many films dubbed "epics". But MOUNTAINS OF THE MOON is an epic in the positive sense of the word.

The cast is uniformally good. A lot has already been written in this forum by others about the leads so I won't say anymore. Supporting player Delroy Lindo sometimes steals the show with his excellent role as the expeditions African guide.

I recommend you rent this along with STANLEY AND LIVINGSTONE for a night of good viewing.

Till next time...Your pal Jim.


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