Gorillas in the Mist

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Gorillas in the Mist is based on the autobiographical 1983 book by naturalist Dian Fossey. Before the book could be brought before the cameras, Fossey had been mysteriously killed; her death provides a logical, if somewhat ghoulish climax to the film. A Kentucky girl, Fossey Sigourney Weaver is inspired by famed anthropologist Louis Leakey Iain Cuthbertson to devote her life to the study of primates. Traveling into deepest Africa, Fossey becomes fascinated with the lives and habits of the rare mountain gorillas ...
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Gorillas in the Mist is based on the autobiographical 1983 book by naturalist Dian Fossey. Before the book could be brought before the cameras, Fossey had been mysteriously killed; her death provides a logical, if somewhat ghoulish climax to the film. A Kentucky girl, Fossey Sigourney Weaver is inspired by famed anthropologist Louis Leakey Iain Cuthbertson to devote her life to the study of primates. Traveling into deepest Africa, Fossey becomes fascinated with the lives and habits of the rare mountain gorillas of the Ugandan wilderness. Studying them at close quarters, Fossey develops a means of communicating with the gorillas, and in so doing becomes obsessed with the beasts' well-being. She is so devoted to "her" mountain that she loses the opportunity for a romance with a National Geographic photographer Bryan Brown. Appalled by the poaching of the gorillas for their skins, Fossey complains to the Ugandan government, which dismisses her by explaining that poaching is the only means by which some of the Ugandan natives can themselves survive. She refuses to accept this, and becomes a militant animal-rights activist, burning down the poachers' villages and even staging a mock execution of one of the offenders.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/1/1992
  • UPC: 096898085137
  • Original Release: 1988
  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sigourney Weaver Dian Fossey
Bryan Brown Bob Campbell
Julie Harris Roz Carr
John Omirah Miluwi Sembagare
Iain Cuthbertson Dr. Louis Leakey
Constantin Alexandrov Van Vecten
Waigwa Wachira Mukara
David Lansbury Larry
Maggie O'Neill Kim
Iain Glen Brendon
Konga Mbandu Rushemba
Michael J. Reynolds Howard Dowd
Gordon Masten Photographer
Peter Nduati Batwa Chief
Helen Fraser Mme. Van Vecten
John Alexander Mime Artist
Peter Elliott Mime Artist
Technical Credits
Michael Apted Director
Stuart Baird Editor
Rick Baker Associate Producer, Makeup Special Effects
Christine Beveridge Makeup
Chris Brock Asst. Director
Rona Brown Consultant/advisor
Terence A. Clegg Co-producer
Ken Court Art Director, Production Designer
Marion Dougherty Casting
Arnold Glimcher Co-producer
John Graysmark Production Designer
Peter Guber Executive Producer, Producer
Peter Handford Sound/Sound Designer
David Harris Special Effects
Maurice Jarre Score Composer
Judy Kessler Co-producer
Catherine Leterrier Costumes/Costume Designer
Tim Lewis Asst. Director
Tab Murphy Screenwriter
Robert Nixon Co-producer
Jon Peters Executive Producer, Producer
Anna Hamilton Phelan Original Story, Screenwriter
Alan Root Cinematographer
John Seale Cinematographer
Mary Selway Casting
Simon Wakefield Set Decoration/Design
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Portrait of a Wildlife Warrior

    Despite the requisite Hollywood cliches, this is a great film. Dian Fossey didn't know what she was getting into when she volunteered to go to Africa, working for Dr. Louis Leakey in taking a census of the endangered Mountain Gorillas. She didn't realise she was expected to work alone, in a remote mountain hut, and in a country torn by civil war... But she came to love the subjects of her study so much, that nothing could prize her from the mountain, not even the (human) man she eventually fell in love with. "When you look deep into a gorilla's eyes," she wrote, "your life is changed forever." The blacks thought she was a witch, due to her reddish hair and fierce glance (captured well by actress Sigourney Weaver, although the real Dian was apparently a bit more shy than Sigourney's character). But this witchlike image actually helped to scare the poachers off. And Dian's work helped prevent the gorillas from becoming extinct. But unfortunately she was murdered by cowardly scum...black poachers in the pay of white animal traffickers. Too often the best are cut down before their life's work is finished... One other thing to note is the incredible beauty of the landscapes, filmed on location in the mountains of Rwanda. The result is a worthy tribute to this wildlife warrior, who is now most probably in Asgard, feasting at Freyja's very table (with a gorilla at her side, no doubt).

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