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Congo
     

Congo

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Director: Frank Marshall

Cast: Dylan Walsh, Laura Linney, Ernie Hudson

 

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Good gorillas meet bad gorillas while human beings search for treasure in this jungle advnture saga. R.B. Travis (Joe Don Baker) is the ruthless head of Travi-Com, a telecommunications firm on the cusp of a major breakthrough in laser communications technology. However, Travis needs diamonds to finish the project, so he sends a group of men to Zaire, where he's told

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Good gorillas meet bad gorillas while human beings search for treasure in this jungle advnture saga. R.B. Travis (Joe Don Baker) is the ruthless head of Travi-Com, a telecommunications firm on the cusp of a major breakthrough in laser communications technology. However, Travis needs diamonds to finish the project, so he sends a group of men to Zaire, where he's told that a large supply of the gems can be easily found. When the men go missing, Travis sends his trusted assistant Karen Ross (Laura Linney), a one-time CIA associate, into the jungle to find both his staff and the jewels. Hoping to keep her mission a secret, Karen travels to Zaire in the company of Peter (Dylan Walsh), a researcher on primate development who is hoping to return Amy, a gorilla who has been taught sign language and can "speak" English with the help of a glove-controlled computer device. Also travelling with them is Herkermer (Tim Curry), a Romanian with a secret agenda: he's convinced that Amy can guide him to the Lost City of Zinj, where he believes that King Solomon's Mines are located. Upon arrival, the group is met by Monroe Kelly (Ernie Hudson), a self-described "great white hunter who happens to be black," and they discover that the jungle holds a menace that they weren't counting on: a tribe of bloodthirsty gray gorillas. Congo was based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Michael Crichton.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/01/2013
UPC:
0883929303595
Original Release:
1995
Source:
Paramount Catalog
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:48:00

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Closed-Caption 2 Theatrical Trailers

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dylan Walsh Peter Elliot
Laura Linney Dr. Karen Ross
Ernie Hudson Monroe Kelly
Tim Curry Herkermer Homolka
Grant Heslov Richard
Joe Don Baker R.B. Travis
David Anthony Gorilla
Thom Barry Samahani
Jimmy Buffett 727 pilot
John Cameron Gorilla
Bruce Campbell Charles Travis
Kathleen Connors Sally
Peter Elliott Gorilla
John Hawkes Bob Driscol
Peter Jason Mr Janus
Nicholas Kadi Gorilla
James Karen College President
William John Murphy Transport Worker
Taylor Nichols Jeffrey Weems
Stuart Pankin Boyd
Joe Pantoliano Actor
James Paradise Transport Worker
Romy Rosemont Eleanor Romy's Assistant
Carolyn Seymour Eleanor Romy
Philip Tan Gorilla
Mary Ellen Trainor Moira
Joel Weiss Travicom Employee
Lawrence T. Wrentz Arliss Wender

Technical Credits
Frank Marshall Director,Executive Producer
Richard Holland Art Director
Allen Daviau Cinematographer
Marilyn Matthews Costumes/Costume Designer
J. Michael Riva Production Designer
Jerry Goldsmith Score Composer
John Patrick Shanley Screenwriter
Patrick Shanley Screenwriter
Lisa Fischer Set Decoration/Design
Ronald Judkins Set Decoration/Design
Michael Crichton Source Author
Michael Backes Associate Producer
Paul Deason Associate Producer
Mark Cotone Asst. Director
Katterli A. Frauenfelder Asst. Director
Allison Cowitt Casting
Mike Fenton Casting
Anne V. Coates Editor
Frank Yablans Executive Producer
Kathleen Kennedy Producer
Sam Mercer Producer
Industrial Light & Magic Special Effects
Sam Winston Special Effects

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Congo
1. Chapter 1 [1:01]
2. Chapter 2 [1:49]
3. Chapter 3 [7:29]
4. Chapter 4 [1:02]
5. Chapter 5 [5:18]
6. Chapter 6 [3:29]
7. Chapter 7 [2:57]
8. Chapter 8 [4:54]
9. Chapter 9 [2:09]
10. Chapter 10 [3:38]
11. Chapter 11 [2:18]
12. Chapter 12 [6:53]
13. Chapter 13 [2:13]
14. Chapter 14 [4:07]
15. Chapter 15 [5:49]
16. Chapter 16 [6:29]
17. Chapter 17 [5:23]
18. Chapter 18 [2:52]
19. Chapter 19 [4:03]
20. Chapter 20 [4:08]
21. Chapter 21 [3:20]
22. Chapter 22 [4:50]
23. Chapter 23 [2:22]
24. Chapter 24 [5:35]
25. Chapter 25 [:41]
26. Chapter 26 [5:07]
27. Chapter 27 [:03]
28. Chapter 28 [1:36]
29. Chapter 29 [6:13]
30. Chapter 30 [:04]

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3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anyone whose read the book will notice how different this is. The human characters are nothing like the book - not in personality, or their reasons for searching for the Lost City. Everything prior to finding the city is forced, boring, and done with terrible acting. Once the ancient city is found things get good. Intense survival, battle, and horror situations. No one had ever returned from the Lost City. For a very strong reason. The ancients had domesticated a species of Gorilla. They'd found a species more violent than most, and trained them to be killers. Used the Grey Apes for same purpose other cultures use Guard Dogs, but Apes fulfilled the purpose much better. Apes are stronger, faster, and MUCH Smarter than canines. What had happened to the City's Original populations is unclear. Did they die from a plague? Suffer a famine? Did the Apes turn on their Masters? Who knows? But what's clear, beyond any doubt, is that the humans were long gone, but their creation remained. The Apes were smart enough to pass the Training Along through to their Descendants. Each Generation had Guarded the City. Throughout the centuries anyone, who found the city, died at the hands of Killer Apes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved the book Congo, but the movie sucks. They change the characters personalities. In the book Karen is a very mean, self absorbed person, which is more interesting than the sappy portrayal in this movie. They added new cahracters, which were horrible. They put a talking thing on Amy the gorrilla's arm, probably so that the lazy viewers wouldn't have to read the screen with sign language. They changed the names and the entire plot was different. If you want to watch this movie, take my advice: READ THE BOOK!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
In the tradition of ¿Gone with the Wind,¿ ¿Casablanca¿ and ¿Lawrence of Arabia,¿ director Frank Marshall gives us the greatest Hollywood epic of our time, ¿Congo.¿ The film is a cinematic triumph; storytelling at its best. The story centers around a gorilla named Amy who, through sign-language and a hand-operated voice-synthesizer, is able to communicate with humans. After Amy has a series of nightmares, her caretaker, Dr. Peter Elliot (Dylan Walsh), feels that its time to return Amy to the jungle from whence she came. Along for the ride is TraviCom communications employee Dr. Karen Ross (Laura Linney) who wishes to enter the Congo with Peter and Amy in order to find her ex-fiance Charlie (Bruce Cambell), son of TraviCom CEO R.B. Travis (played with vigor by Joe Don Baker). After Tim Curry and Ernie Hudson join the group the expedition is underway. Let the good times roll. What seta ¿Congo¿ apart from other adventure movies is the gorgeous African backdrop, a fantastic soundtrack and, without a doubt, the most talented cast ever assembled for a motion picture. Tim Curry gives possibly the greatest performance of his storied career as Herkermer Homolka, a Romanian philanthropist who wants to help Amy get back to her jungle habitat (or does he?). In Captain Munro Kelly, veteran actor Ernie Hudson gives us one of the big screen¿s most legendary performances. Amidst the never-ending peril of gunfire, murderous primates and scheming philanthropists which surround him in the sweltering jungles of the Congo, Hudson exudes a calm nonchalance and gives the film a healthy dose of subtlety and wit. While in the thick of the glorious spectacle of the film¿s heart-pounding action and colorful performances, Hudson plays his character with a quiet elegance. It¿s a skillfully executed performance which draws attention to the fact that Hudson is the glue of this ensemble piece. His interactions with the expedition¿s other members provides the audience with little glimpses into their respective characters while, at the same time, allowing the film to never deviate from its seamless narrative flow. It¿s a demanding role and Hudson is more than up for the task; he brings out the best in his fellow actors. Case and point: Munro¿s relationship with expedition guide Kahega (played with blithe exuberance by the phenomenally talented Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje). The filmmakers wisely underplayed the rapport between these characters and allowed the two gifted actors to simply hint at and imply a past of fond memories and shared adventures rather than drench the film with sloppy sentiment and inane banter. Furthermore, what the two actors subtly express onscreen is undeniably touching; from the most minute of mannerisms and gestures, one gathers that there is an unquestionable camaraderie and an unspoken devotion between the two (The expression on Munro¿s face when Kahega meets his unfortunate demise at the hands of the grey killer ape is so devastating and soul-wrenching that it may have single-handedly won Hudson his much-deserved 1995 Sci-Fi Universe Magazine Reader¿s Choice Award for Best Supporting Actor). In addition, the tension which exists between Munro¿s character and Curry¿s provides, arguably, the best moments ¿Congo.¿ The dialogue exchange between these two brilliant actors is an absolute treat to witness. The two actors share such chemistry that one can¿t help but think Hudson and Curry will be prominently featured in the films inevitable sequel and/or sitcom spin-off. And, of course, let us not forget Amy the gorilla. Amy¿s tender and affectionate performance assures that she can now be considered one of Hollywood¿s elite primate actors; she belongs to an A-list which includes Ed (from ¿Ed¿) Dunston (from ¿Dunston Checks In¿), Buddy (from ¿Buddy¿) and Robin Williams (from ¿Jack¿). It should be noted that Amy certainly has her share of detractors who find her performance tedious and her dialogue redundant