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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)
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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 megalomaniacal 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 C.I.A. operative and, accompanied by gee-whiz gadgetry and a few eccentric characters (including a mercenary, a researcher with a talking gorilla, and 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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Trivia

Bruce Campbell auditioned for the role of Dr. Peter Elliot. He was given the small part of Charles Travis instead. See more »

Goofs

Monroe Kelly's facial scratches lengthen. 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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Original vocals arranged by Lebo M.
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Not even close, never mind a cigar
27 November 2009 | by dkmerrimanSee all my reviews

Comments here are general so as to not reveal any plot or character details of the actual movie. Anyone that has read the book should understand them well enough to know what is being referenced.

This movie bears only a general resemblance to the Michael Crichton book. Beginning, middle, and end... it's all at considerable odds with the original tale.

There isn't anywhere near the setup or explanation of what the expedition is for, or why it's happening. The journey is at odds with the story, as are most of the characters (either in personality, presence/absence, and so on). All things considered, I would say that this movie just BARELY qualifies as being 'based' on the book by virtue of being about an expedition that travels to the Congo with a gorilla.

If you have any expectation of this movie being anything like the excellent Crichton story, you're in for a BIG disappointment.

Still, it's a tolerably decent movie; I'd have given it a higher rating if they hadn't hijacked an otherwise good story.


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Country:

USA

Release Date:

9 June 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Baldwin Park, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,642,539, 11 June 1995

Gross USA:

$81,022,101

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$152,022,101
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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