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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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Richard Francis Burton
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John Hanning Speke
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Larry Oliphant
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Isabel Arundell (Mrs Burton as from 1861)
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Lord Murchison
James Villiers ...
Lord Oliphant
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Edward
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Lord Houghton
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Mabruki
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Dr. David Livingstone
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William
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Lord Russell
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Herne
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Stroyan
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Ben Amir
Jimmy Gardner ...
Jarvis
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Mrs. Speke
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Mrs. Arundell
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Norton Shaw
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Mr. Arundell
Frances Cuka ...
Lady Houghton
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Lord Cowley
Craig Crosbie ...
Algernon Swinburne
Paul Onsongo ...
Sidi Bombay
Lenny Juma ...
Jemadar (as Leonard Juma)
Bheki Tonto Ngema ...
Ngola
Martin Okello ...
Veldu
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Colonel Rigby
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Lt. Hesketh
Esther Njiru ...
Lema
Alison Limerick ...
Sorceress
Asiba Asiba ...
Nubian Servant
Ian Vincent ...
Lt. Allen
Ralph Nossek ...
Doctor
Stewart Harwood ...
Attendant
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Lead Actor
Robert Whelan ...
Reporter #1
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Reporter #2
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Reporter #3
Rod Woodruff ...
Fencer
Fikile Mdleleni ...
Bearer
Martin Ocham ...
Bearer
Wilson Ng'ong'a ...
Bearer
Rocks Nhlapo ...
Bearer
Patrick Letladi ...
Bearer
Konga Mbandu ...
Bearer
Michael Otieno ...
Bearer
Fatima Said ...
Somali Girl
Zam Zam Issa ...
Somali Girl
Norta Muhammed ...
Somali Girl
Pineniece Joshua ...
Somali Girl
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Edgar Papworth, Artist
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Speke Estate Farmboy (uncredited)
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Arab Chief in Cairo (uncredited)

Directed by

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Bob Rafelson

Written by

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William Harrison ... (novel "Burton and Speke")
 
William Harrison ... (screenplay) &
Bob Rafelson ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Chris Curling ... associate producer
Mario Kassar ... executive producer
Daniel Melnick ... producer
Andrew G. Vajna ... executive producer

Music by

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Michael Small

Cinematography by

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Roger Deakins ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Thom Noble

Editorial Department

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Donah Bassett ... negative cutter
Noori Dehnahi ... post-production coordinator
Vicki Hiatt ... assistant editor
Chris Peppe ... assistant editor
Robert Raring ... color timer
Scott Stevenson ... assistant editor
Marcy Stoeven ... assistant editor (uncredited)

Casting By

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Celestia Fox

Production Design by

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Norman Reynolds

Art Direction by

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Maurice Fowler
Fred Hole

Set Decoration by

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Harry Cordwell

Costume Design by

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Jenny Beavan
John Bright

Makeup Department

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Christine Beveridge ... makeup supervisor
Karen Edwards ... hair stylist
Sally Harrison ... assistant makeup artist
Joan Hills ... assistant makeup artist
Julia Wilson ... assistant hair stylist: Kenya / assistant makeup artist: Kenya
Suzanne Belcher ... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Chris D'Bray ... hair stylist (uncredited)

Production Management

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Barbara Allen ... unit production manager
Terence A. Clegg ... executive in charge of production
Gerry Levy ... unit production manager: Kenya
Paul Shersby ... unit production manager
Michael R. Sloan ... post-production supervisor (as Michael Sloan)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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John Chavanga ... assistant director: second unit, Kenya
Patrick Clayton ... first assistant director (as Pat Clayton)
James Hinga ... third assistant director: Kenya
Patrick Kinney ... assistant director: second unit, Kenya
Nick Laws ... second assistant director
Tim Lewis ... second assistant director
Konga Mbandu ... third assistant director: Kenya

Art Department

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Steve Allaway ... supervising carpenter
Ted Ambrose ... senior draughtsman
Lulu Archer ... property buyer: Kenya
Martin Asbury ... storyboard artist
Ray Barrett ... construction manager
David Bubb ... supervising carpenter
Stephen Challenor ... stand-by carpenter (as Steve Challenor)
Raymond Churchouse ... plasterer's laborer
Jack Dyer ... chargehand stand-by stagehand
Belinda Edwards ... production buyer
Gavin Gordon ... chargehand carpenter
Terry Granger ... chargehand painter (as Terence Grange)
Peter Hancock ... property master
Robert Harper ... chargehand painter
Kevin Harris ... assistant construction manager
Brian Hartnoll ... supervising painter
Arthur Holland ... chargehand carpenter
Frank Howe ... chargehand drapes
John Howitt ... chargehand machinist
Brian Humphrey ... chargehand dressing props
Dave Jordan ... chargehand dressing props (as David Jordan)
Gwendolyn Margetson ... junior draughtsman
Philip McDonald ... location property master
Jonathan McKinstry ... assistant art director
Dave Midson ... chargehand dressing props
John Moore ... propman
Jim Morahan ... draughtsman
Mickey Pugh ... supervising stand-by props (as Michael Pugh)
Tim Rowson ... sketch artist: Kenya
Peter Russell ... assistant art director
Arthur Smith ... supervising painter
Joanna Stutchbury ... property buyer: Kenya
Paul Tappin ... supervising plasterer
Paul Wescott ... chargehand stand-by painter
Kevin Wheeler ... chargehand dressing props
Geoff Wiles ... chargehand plasterer
Mickey Woolfson ... chargehand stand-by props (as Michael Woolfson)
Janet Stevens ... modeller (uncredited)

Sound Department

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C.J. Appel ... adr supervisor
Mark Berger ... re-recording mixer
Todd Boekelheide ... re-recording mixer
Luis Colina ... sound editor
Frank E. Eulner ... assistant sound editor (as Frank Eulner)
Tina Fallani ... assistant sound editor
Marjorie L. Hagar ... assistant sound editor (as Marjorie Hagar)
Taffy Haines ... sound maintenance engineer
Simon Kaye ... production sound mixer
Ann Kroeber ... sound editor
Jeffrey Kroeber ... assistant sound editor
Robert Marty ... assistant sound editor
John Nutt ... sound editor
David Parker ... re-recording mixer
Diana Pellegrini ... sound editor
Michael Silvers ... sound editor
Alan Splet ... supervising sound editor (as Alan R. Splet)
Tommy Staples ... boom operator
John Verbeck ... sound editor
Gwendolyn Yates Whittle ... assistant sound editor (as Gwendolyn Whittle)
Kristen Gerstner ... apprentice sound editor (uncredited)
Larry Oatfield ... re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Philip Rogers ... sound recordist (uncredited)
Lionel Strutt ... adr mixer (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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David Harris ... special effects supervisor
Ray Lovell ... senior special effects technician
David H. Watkins ... senior special effects technician

Stunts

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Alf Joint ... stunt coordinator

Camera and Electrical Department

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Omar Ahmed ... electrician: Kenya
Mohammed Athman ... electrician: Kenya
Richard Broom ... grip
David Bryant ... focus puller
David Chiganze ... grip
John Clark ... electrician
Ray Coates ... generator operator
Frank Connor ... still photographer
Ben Davis ... clapper loader
Roger Deakins ... camera operator
Kevin Edland ... best boy
Paul Englefield ... second camera focus
Bob Gomme ... generator operator
John Higgins ... gaffer
Ibrahim Jibril ... grip: Kenya
George Kamau ... electrician: Kenya
Steve Langley ... electrician
Stewart Monteith ... electrician
Terry Mulligan ... electrician
Nick Penn ... clapper loader
Dick Pope ... additional photographer
Ramadhan Rajab ... electrician: Kenya
Mirella Ricciardi ... special still photographer
Oreste Wafula ... grip: Kenya
Nikki Williams ... clapper loader

Casting Department

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Beverley Keogh ... location casting: Liverpool
Emma Style ... casting assistant

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Sophia Ali Abdi ... wardrobe assistant: Kenya
Ken Crouch ... wardrobe supervisor (as Kenny Crouch)
Lisa Johnson ... wardrobe mistress
Christopher Kariuki ... wardrobe assistant: Kenya
Simon Murray ... assistant wardrobe
Elizabeth Ryrie ... African costumes coordinator: Kenya

Location Management

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Kevin De La Noy ... location manager
Robin Hollister ... location coordinator: Kenya

Music Department

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Christopher Dedrick ... orchestrator
Curtis Roush ... music editor
Alan Snelling ... music engineer
Allan Wilson ... conductor
Peter Fuchs ... score recordist (uncredited)
George A. Martin ... music editor (uncredited)
Shawn Murphy ... scoring mixer (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Vic Floyd ... driver
Errol James ... driver
Arnie Mitchell ... transportation coordinator: Kenya
David Tobitt ... driver

Other crew

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Stephanie Clark ... production secretary
Robert Clarke ... supervising rigger
Con Cremins ... location accountant: Kenya
Hazel Crombie ... deputy production accountant
Dennis Davidson ... publicist
Patsy de Lord ... production coordinator
Eleanor Fazan ... choreographer
Annabel Lee ... production assistant
Suzanne McGeachan ... production assistant (as Sue Clegg)
Mel Nortcliffe ... production assistant
Davis Sindiyo ... extras coordinator: Kenya
Pilar Sneddon ... assistant: Mr. Rafelson
John Trehy ... production accountant
Angela Wharton ... script supervisor (as Angela Noakes)
Beverly Winston ... production secretary
Jolene Wolff ... assistant: Mr. Rafelson
Michael Barnes ... legal attorney (uncredited)
Wayne Docksey ... animal master (uncredited)
Jon Jashni ... post-production associate (uncredited)
Lonnie Ramati ... production business affairs (uncredited)
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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Also Known As
  • Aux sources du Nil (France)
  • Las montañas de la luna (Spain)
  • Aventura en el Nilo (Venezuela)
  • Land der schwarzen Sonne (West Germany)
  • Лунные горы (Soviet Union, Russian title)
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Runtime
  • 136 min
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Budget $19,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Two actors from the movie, Roger Rees and Omar Sharif, died on the exact same day: 10 July, 2015. See more »
Goofs In an scene set in 1854, Isabel is looking at a copy of "The Perfumed Garden" translated by Burton. Burton did not publish this translation until 1886. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Mountains of the Moon/Where the Heart Is/Revenge/Hard to Kill/Madhouse (1990). See more »
Soundtracks Kawamba Dance See more »
Quotes Arab chief in Cairo: In this wilderness you will find only Allah's terrible whimsy.
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