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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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Stephen Hopkins

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William Goldman
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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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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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Only the most incredible parts are true. See more »


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

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Country:

Germany | USA

Language:

English | Hindi

Release Date:

11 October 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Geist und die Dunkelheit 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:

$36,400,000
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Val Kilmer who was a frequent visitor to Africa expressed enthusiasm for the script, which enabled the project to be financed. See more »

Goofs

Patterson climbs the tree to escape a lion that has blood which appears and disappears from its face. See more »

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[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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Terere Obande
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one of the better killer animal films
7 June 2010 | by puttputtkSee all my reviews

Ghost and the Darkness (1996)

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Man-eating Lions Terrorize African village

The Ghost and the Darkness is very interesting movie. It's based on a true story, but really who ever knows how much of that story is true. The story of 2 lions attacking the workers of a rail road and the hunt for those lions by Patterson are both known true and not necessarily that exciting. However, how clever and seemingly hell bent on killing Patterson and the other men the lions are almost brings this movie into a Horror genre than just the adventure/thriller.

Director Stephen Hopkins did a very good job at building tension and really making this a heart pounding thriller. The problem however with the film, and what knocked down the rating for me, was the acting. Val Kilmer, who can be good, and Michael Douglas, who can be amazing, both had mediocre performances at best. Kilmer didn't seem to care about the film or his character. Douglas almost over acted but it still was poor.

With the acting aside it was a very enjoyable film. A real thrill ride. Its one of the best films I've seen about killer animals, besides Jaws of course. The fact that it's "based on a true story" brings a sense of terror not usually accompanied with similar films.

Like I said its no Jaws, but it's better than Anaconda

8/10


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