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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Charles Remington
... Col. John Henry Patterson
... Robert Beaumont
... Samuel
... Dr. David Hawthorne
... Angus Starling
... Helena Patterson
... Abdullah
Henry Cele ... Mahina
Kurt Egelhof ... Indian Victim
Satchu Annamalai ... Worker #1
Teddy Reddy ... Worker #2
Raheem Khan ... Worker #3 (as Rakeem Khan)
Jack Devnarain ... Nervous Sikh Orderly
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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Rated R for some violence and gore involving animal attacks | See all certifications »

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11 October 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Geist und die Dunkelheit  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,215,063, 13 October 1996, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$38,619,405

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$36,400,000
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Charles Remington was based on Anglo-Indian big game hunter Charles Ryall, superintendent of the Railway Police. See more »

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Reflected in Angus Starling's glasses during a close-up. See more »

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[first lines]
Samuel: This is the most famous and true African adventure.
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The beginning of the end credits is shown with a photograph of the real bridge as background. See more »

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Remade as Mrugaraaju (2001) See more »

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Hamara Haath (Our Hands Unite)
Written and Produced by George Acogny
Performed by The Worldbeaters with The Johannesburg Choir, featuring Rahat Fateh Ali Khan
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Absolutely terrific film, perfect despite imperfection
26 November 2010 | by See all my reviews

I usually don't like to write such reviews as I'm about to write, but I must say in my humble opinion, that -to me- this movie comes off perfect. Of course as with anything there are errors/imperfections scattered about. But with its imperfections included its still a perfect piece for anybody who enjoys movies about Africa, adventure, struggle, and triumph. I think that the imperfections of this movie are actually able to support the story by making it in no way appear scripted. A crazy animal hunt along with the main characters and others own frustrations... everything is meant to appear improvised, and does. It is hard to explain, but as for imperfections there are a very few and not particularly noticeable, but do add to the "feel" of the story. I suggest you watch it, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.


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