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The Ghost and the Darkness (1996)

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A bridge engineer and an experienced old hunter begin a hunt for two lions after they start attacking local construction workers.

Director:

Stephen Hopkins

Writer:

William Goldman
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Douglas ... Charles Remington
Val Kilmer ... Col. John Henry Patterson
Tom Wilkinson ... Robert Beaumont
John Kani ... Samuel
Bernard Hill ... Dr. David Hawthorne
Brian McCardie ... Angus Starling
Emily Mortimer ... Helena Patterson
Om Puri ... Abdullah
Henry Cele ... Mahina
Kurt Egelhof Kurt Egelhof ... Indian Victim
Satchu Annamalai Satchu Annamalai ... Worker #1
Teddy Reddy Teddy Reddy ... Worker #2
Raheem Khan Raheem Khan ... Worker #3 (as Rakeem Khan)
Jack Devnarain Jack Devnarain ... Nervous Sikh Orderly
Glen Gabela Glen Gabela ... Orderly #1
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Sir Robert Beaumont is behind schedule on a railroad in Africa. Enlisting noted engineer John Henry Patterson to right the ship, Beaumont expects results. Everything seems great until the crew discovers the mutilated corpse of the project's foreman, seemingly killed by a lion. After several more attacks, Patterson calls in famed hunter Charles Remington, who has finally met his match in the bloodthirsty lions. Written by Jwelch5742

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Prey For The Hunters See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence and gore involving animal attacks | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Charles Remington was based on Anglo-Indian big game hunter Charles Ryall, superintendent of the Railway Police. See more »

Goofs

When Patterson loads his rifle for the hunt on his first day in Tsavo the ammunition has jacketed spitzer bullets. In 1898 the bullets would have been unplated lead. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Samuel: [narrating] This is the most famous and true African adventure. Famous because what took place at Tsavo never happened before. Colonel John Patterson was there when it began. A fine Irish gentleman, a brilliant engineer. He was my friend. My name is Samuel. I was there. Remember this: even the most impossible parts of this story really happened.
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Crazy Credits

The beginning of the end credits is shown with a photograph of the real bridge as background. See more »


Soundtracks

Terere Obande
Traditional music
Lyrics by George Acogny
Produced by George Acogny
Performed by The Worldbeaters with The Johannesburg Choir
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A Thrilling Adventure!
1 March 2007 | by lawrence_elliottSee all my reviews

Maitland Edey of Time-Life Books wrote quite a lengthy story relating to the man-eating lions of Tsavo in the late 19th Century. This would be a worthwhile read to back up this exciting movie experience.

Val Kilmer does an admirable job in his role as an Irish engineer who is building a bridge for the British Empire. The supporting cast is very good and the suspense is well developed throughout the film. The scenes with the lions are brutal, frightening and gory.

Although this movie has an excellent cast, it is somewhat damaged by the sudden, awkward and embarrassing appearance of the Executive Producer of the film, Michael Douglas, who tries masquerading as a war-weary soldier-hunter, who is hell-bent on destroying these two man-eating lions. His acting does improve as the movie progresses but his appearance in the film is gratuitous.

Douglas's acting leaves a lot to be desired but the movie picks back up, undamaged, as Val Kilmer resumes the lead role again in hunting down these "devil-possessed" lions. Sensitive and moving scenes juxtaposed against the savagery of the lion attacks add power to the sequences making this movie a true cinematic treat.

Although it is gory and frightening in spots, this tale works well with the interesting narrative that accompanies it.

A thrilling movie, one that should be seen. A great adventure!


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Country:

Germany | USA

Language:

English | Hindi

Release Date:

11 October 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Ghost and the Darkness See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,215,063, 13 October 1996

Gross USA:

$38,619,405

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$38,619,405
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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