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Mighty Joe Young (1998)

A legendary fifteen-foot tall mountain gorilla named Joe is taken to an animal sanctuary in California by a zoologist and a young woman whom he grew up with. A poacher from the past returns to seek vengeance on him.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jill Young
... Gregg O'Hara
... Strasser
... Garth
... Harry Ruben
... Cecily Banks
... Kweli
... Pindi
... Dr. Baker
... Dr. Ruth Young
... Young Jill Young
... Vern
... Jack
Cory Buck ... Jason
Liz Georges ... Jason's Mother
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Storyline

The baby gorilla left in her care grows up to become a hugely tall and broad specimen by the name of Joe, living in the mountains as a mostly unseen legend among people who live there. Along comes an eco-minded emissary from a California sanctuary, who talks the jungle girl into providing safe haven for Joe at the L.A. facility. The transition is not without discomfort, but everything is aggravated via a conspiracy of poachers to get Joe into their own greedy hands! Written by Anthony Pereyra <hypersonic91@yahoo.com>

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Survival is an instinct.


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Rated PG for some menacing action violence and mild language | See all certifications »

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25 December 1998 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$90,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,602,042, 27 December 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$50,632,037
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On July 2, 1997, during filming in the San Fernando Valley, Director of Photography Donald Peterman and Camera Operator Ray De La Motte were injured after the Panther Pegasus camera crane they were riding on snapped, causing them to fall 25 feet to the ground. Peterman suffered a broken leg, broken ribs and minor head injuries, and De La Motte received minor chest and back injuries. Production was halted for two days, and Peterman was replaced by Oliver Wood. In 2000, Peterman sued Panther, as well as Shotmaker Company, the crane's supplier, and won a five million dollar settlement. See more »

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In Gregg's first appearance he refers briefly to a map, then orients himself with a magnetic compass, while resting the same arm on the steel hood of his Humvee. See more »

Quotes

Jill Young: [sees Greg coming out of the infirmary] He's walking already? Joe should have dropped him harder.
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Referenced in Attack of the 50 Foot Monster Mania (1999) See more »

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Calliope Music
Written and Performed by Richard Gibbs
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Son gives it 2 thumbs way up
6 January 1999 | by See all my reviews

Near end of film (won't specify and give anything away) My wife 8-yr old daughter and myself were crying. My 5 yr old son pipes up, "....this movie is gweat... 2 Thumbs way, way up". Did it bother anyone that the flames at the amusement park disappeared at the end? It did to me !!!


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