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Congo (1995)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Mystery | 9 June 1995 (USA)
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When an expedition to the African Congo ends in disaster, a new team is assembled to find out what went wrong.

Director:

Frank Marshall

Writers:

Michael Crichton (novel), John Patrick Shanley (screenplay)
2 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Laura Linney ... Dr. Karen Ross
Dylan Walsh ... Dr. Peter Elliot
Ernie Hudson ... Captain Monroe Kelly
Tim Curry ... Herkermer Homolka
Grant Heslov ... Richard
Joe Don Baker ... R.B. Travis
Lola Noh ... Amy (as Lorene Noh)
Mary Ellen Trainor ... Moira
Misty Rosas ... Amy the Gorilla
Stuart Pankin ... Boyd
Carolyn Seymour ... Eleanor Romy
Romy Rosemont ... Assistant
James Karen ... College President / Elliot's Boss
Bill Pugin Bill Pugin ... William
Lawrence T. Wrentz Lawrence T. Wrentz ... Prof. Arliss Wender
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Storyline

A megalomaniac C.E.O. sends his son into the dangerous African Congo on a quest for a source of diamonds large enough and pure enough to function as powerful laser communications transmitters (or is it laser weapons?). When contact is lost with his son and the team, his sometime daughter- in-law is sent after them. She is a former CIA operative and, accompanied by gee-whiz gadgetry and a few eccentric characters (including a mercenary, a researcher with a talking gorilla, and a a nutty Indiana-Jones-type looking for King Solomon's Mines), sets out to rescue her former fiancé. What they all discover is that often what we most want turns out to be the source of our downfall. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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Where you are the endangered species


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for jungle adventure terror and action and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Release Date:

9 June 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kongo See more »

Filming Locations:

Costa Rica See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,642,539, 11 June 1995, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$81,022,101

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$152,022,101
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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Although the movie mentions King Solomon's Mines, it bears several key points in common with "Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar," the book and movies based on it. See more »

Goofs

Laser beams are not visible when passing through air. There must be dust, smoke, steam or something like that to reflect the light. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Rudy, TraviCom Security: [over PA system] Doctor Ross. Doctor Ross. We've got satellite in the Congo.
Dr. Karen Ross: What did they say, Rudy?
Rudy, TraviCom Security: I can't repeat anything in here.
Dr. Karen Ross: It's Charles.
Rudy, TraviCom Security: It's Charles.
Rudy, TraviCom Security: [trying her access card] It won't work.
Dr. Karen Ross: You changed the code already?
Rudy, TraviCom Security: The old man's got me changing it every 3 hours now.
[imitating Cary Grant for voice print]
[...]
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Referenced in The Mummy Returns (2001) See more »

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Sugar Shack
By Keith McCormack & Fay Voss
Performed by Jimmy Gilmer and The Fireballs
Courtesy of Dundee Music
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It Works on a Rainy Saturday Afternoon
29 September 2015 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In Congo, Charles Travis (Bruce Campbell) is testing a communication system by laser with his former fiancée Dr. Karen Ross (Laura Linney) for the TraviCom network. Charles is the son of the millionaire R.B. Travis (Joe Don Baker), who owns the TraviCom and is Karen's employer. Charles and his friend Jeffrey (Taylor Nichols) find the ruins of a lost city but are somehow killed. Meanwhile their camp is completely destroyed and then the camera is shut down by a creature. Travis discloses to Karen that his son was actually trying to find a rare blue diamond in Congo and sends her to look for him. Meanwhile, Dr. Peter Elliot (Dylan Walsh) and his assistant Richard (Grant Heslov) are testing communication with the gorilla Amy and they decide to take her back to Congo since the animal seems to miss her birthplace. However they have funding issue but the Romanian philanthropist Herkermer Homolka (Tim Curry) offers to financially assist them. In the airport, Karen provides more money and joins the expedition. In the politically unstable Africa, they meet the experienced guide Captain Munro Kelly (Ernie Hudson) that bribes Captain Wanta (Delroy Lindo) to let them go. Further, he discloses that Homolka's real intention is to find the Lost City of Zinj. Then they embark in a plane in the beginning of a dangerous adventure in Congo.

Despite the negative reviews, "Congo" is an entertaining but outdated jungle adventure movie in the style of Tarzan, with lost city, dangerous gorillas and forgotten tribe of natives. The screenplay does not develop well the relationship among Charles Travis, his apparently estranged father R.B. Travis and Dr. Karen Ross but the film works on a rainy Saturday afternoon. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): Congo"


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