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Heart of Darkness (1993)

A trading company manager travels up an African river to find a missing outpost head and discovers the depth of evil in humanity's soul.

Director:

Nicolas Roeg

Writers:

Joseph Conrad (novel), Benedict Fitzgerald (teleplay)
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tim Roth ... Marlow
John Malkovich ... Kurtz
Isaach De Bankolé ... Mfumu
James Fox ... Gosse
Morten Faldaas Morten Faldaas ... Harlequin
Patrick Ryecart ... De Griffe
Michael Fitzgerald ... Harou
Geoffrey Hutchings Geoffrey Hutchings ... Delcommune
Peter Vaughan ... Director
Phoebe Nicholls ... The Intended
Allan Corduner ... Verme
Jan Tríska ... White Agent
Alan Scarfe ... Captain Fenard
Michael Cronin Michael Cronin ... Louette
Iman ... Black Beauty
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Marlow is an ambitious and adventurous sailor who is employed by an English trading company and sent to an African colony. There he travels up the river, visiting the trading stations who barters for ivory with the natives. On his journey he is told about a man named Kurtz whose station is the one furthest up the river, deep in the African jungle. Some talk of him in awe, others in admiration, but they all seem to fear him. As Marlow gets closer and closer to Kurtz he understands that the man has gone insane and is now doing the most horrible and blasphemous deeds. Based on Joseph Conrad's classic novel about greed and insanity. Written by Mattias Pettersson <seaman@sbbs.se>

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Trivia

Andrew Sinclair and Jeffrey Selenium, son of David, announced this in 1970 along with an adaptation of Dylan Thomas' Under Milk Wood (1971). Sinclair then made Under Milk Wood (1971), but its failure at the box office meant that this Joseph Conrad story never got off the ground. See more »

Goofs

The Congo River is actually hundreds of meters across and not the pitiful and barely navigable stream it is depicted as in the film. See more »

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Referenced in Dreamcatcher (2003) See more »

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Looking Through a Heart of Darkness
15 March 2004 | by nicci_chick06See all my reviews

The Heart of Darkness is a movie for those of us who can watch a movie with an open mind. You can't think about any other movie you have seen or you will miss the wonderful experience gained by watching this movie. The movie follows the basic story line of the novel written by Joseph Conrad, except a few added scenes that help to add insight to the meaning and life of each character. This is a movie about the tragic journey by Marlow (played by Tim Roth). Marlow travels down the Congo River to visit a well-known ivory trader in Africa (Kurtz, played by John Malkovich), who has stopped sending his ivory loads. Marlow encounters many tragic casualties, and ends up losing his newly gained friend. Kurtz is on the verge of death and won't let anyone help him out. Kurtz is a very self-absorbed man who refuses to see what is right in front of him, instead turns to the jungle for a life of murder and betrayal. Kurtz uses the men of the jungle to attack Marlow in attempt to prevent his arrival. His attempt fails and Marlow soon arrives. Upon arrival, Marlow begins to understand the life lived by Kurtz, and unlocks a deep mystery to the deep, mind-changing jungle that overwhelms Kurtz and drives him mad. Everywhere Marlow would travel, he would hear of Kurtz and his ivory, but nothing would prepare Marlow for the cold truth that has come to be Kurtz's life. Kurtz finally allows Marlow to return with half of his ivory, however along with Kurtz's death, Marlow realizes that nothing could make him take that ivory back. In the short time that Marlow accompanied Kurtz at his home, Marlow developed a deep hatred for Kurtz, and would not have any part of Kurtz with him, nor would he send it to anyone else. When the journey concludes, Marlow is changed. ` Africa changes people', and for Marlow, it changed him in a way no one could explain. This is a magnificent movie that grabs the viewer and keeps them interested. Once you see the movie you will understand just how amazing of a job the director has done. I give this movie a rating on 1-10, an 8 for its twists and thrills.


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Release Date:

13 March 1994 (USA) See more »

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