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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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Based on Joseph Conrad's novel, Marlow, captains a leaky steamboat up the River Congo in search of a mysterious figure named Kurtz who has carved out a brutal kingdom in which he has power of life and death over his native subjects.

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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
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Geoffrey Hutchings Geoffrey Hutchings ... Delcommune
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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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Storyline

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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USA

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English | French

Release Date:

13 March 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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An Amazing Book, a Dump of A Movie
1 March 2005 | by Cutipie480See all my reviews

Joseph Conrad's novel, Heart of Darkness, had a vivid sense of description that made this book astonishing. When reading this book I had every scene totally drawn out in my head and I knew what every character looked like. This book had many pieces and when I finished reading this book it seemed as the puzzle had been completed. After I finished reading Heat of Darkness, I watched the movie, which was a mistake. The movie cut out so many substantial parts. For example, in the novel Marlow waited a very long time for the rivets to come for him to fix his boat. This was a big source of futility. In the movie that part was just left out. The movie added more parts that were useless and made no sense. For example, when Kurtz was talking to Marlow at the end of the book and Kurtz snapped the monkey's neck and killed him. What purpose did that scene have, other than to make the audience feel sorry for the monkey? It's as if the script writer didn't even read the whole book and just put the parts that he read in the movie. If I had not read the novel before I had watched the movie I would have been thoroughly confused. The book was amazing and it is truly a classic in American Literature, but the movie could have defiantly been nominated for the worst picture in the Razzie Awards.


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