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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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Won 1 Oscar. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Storyline

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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2.39 : 1
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Despite having top billing, Michael Douglas doesn't appear on screen until 45 minutes into the movie. See more »

Goofs

During the camping scene with Patterson, Remington, and Samuel when they are celebrating the killing of the lion, the two prominent constellations in the night sky are Ursa Major and Orion. These constellations are not side-by-side and Orion does not show in the southern hemisphere during the winter season anyway. See more »

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Samuel: This is the most famous and true African adventure.
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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 »

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Referenced in American Dad!: Camp Refoogee (2006) 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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Something You Can Sink Your Teeth Into
17 February 2006 | by See all my reviews

I always found this to be an outstanding based-on a true story adventure film which holds your interest throughout. It features some great suspense and the story is fascinating. It's always been ranked among my top 50 movies. A good surround system doesn't hurt here, either.

Stan Winston, one of the best special-effects men in the business, lent his talents to this film while Val Kilmer and Michael Douglas are more than adequate in the starring roles and the African with the freckles (sorry, I don't have his name) is really a likeble fellow.

Except for the first one, the lion attack scenes are not gruesome and the filmmakers did a nice job a having just the right amount of action and lulls. Neither is overdone. This film has never been given much due but I've never shown it to anyone who didn't thoroughly enjoy it.

This movie scared me so much I stopped hunting lions. It's just not fun anymore.


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