Mighty Joe Young

Mighty Joe Young

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Director: Ron Underwood, Charlize Theron, Bill Paxton, Rade Serbedzija

Cast: Ron Underwood, Charlize Theron, Bill Paxton, Rade Serbedzija

     
 

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This 1998 version of Mighty Joe Young begins with a Gorillas in the Mist-type prologue and then jumps forward twelve years to find Bill Paxton leading a safari expedition to capture the legendary giant (two-ton) gorilla, the subject of the film's title. Paxton's intentions are admirable; he wants to remove the majestic beast from the imminent danger of

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This 1998 version of Mighty Joe Young begins with a Gorillas in the Mist-type prologue and then jumps forward twelve years to find Bill Paxton leading a safari expedition to capture the legendary giant (two-ton) gorilla, the subject of the film's title. Paxton's intentions are admirable; he wants to remove the majestic beast from the imminent danger of poachers and set him up on a posh nature reserve in California. The x-factor comes in the form of Charlize Theron's beautiful jungle girl, Jill Young. Jill has been Joe's soul mate from birth and is the only human who can communicate with him. She is also the reason Paxton's maverick-on-the-run lingers at the reserve after his task is completed. From there, the plot is spurred on by the nefarious actions of a poacher with an Ahab complex and a battery of money hungry scientists who want to exploit Joe. Naturally, all of this puts a burr under the towering simian's skin, causing him to break free and go ape in L.A.'s concrete jungle.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Costello
Ron Underwood's remake of the 1949 fantasy is a fine film for children without necessarily being too dull for their parents. As in the original, Joe is a sweet-natured gorilla, which shouldn't be too surprising since he's been reared in the jungle by Charlize Theron, who plays the daughter of a scientist murdered by poachers. Again, Joe travels to America, becoming the poster gorilla for a charitable organization, though much of the story focuses on Theron's efforts to keep poacher Rade Serbedzija and some greedy scientists from exploiting her surrogate son. Theron and her love interest, played by Bill Paxton, are adequate to the task, but in a film of this kind, the humans are not really the point. Most notable are the superb special effects, with Joe's animatronics a vast improvement over the simian animation of King Kong (1976). While there are one or two moments in the film that might be too intense for small children, it's basically a benign adventure story.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/23/1999
UPC:
0786936057850
Original Release:
1998
Rating:
PG
Source:
Walt Disney Video

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Charlize Theron Jill Young
Bill Paxton Gregg O'Hara
Rade Serbedzija Strasser
Peter Firth Garth
David Paymer Harry Ruben
Regina King Cicily Banks
Robert Wisdom Kweli
Naveen Andrews Pindi
Lawrence Pressman Dr. Baker
Linda Purl Dr. Ruth Young
Mika Boorem Young Jill
John Alexander Mighty Joe Young

Technical Credits
Ron Underwood Director
Merideth Boswell Set Decoration/Design
Merian C. Cooper Original Story
Michael Corenblith Production Designer
Charles Daboub Art Director
Pam Dixon Casting
Michael Fottrell Co-producer
Richard Bryce Goodman Sound/Sound Designer
Ted Hartley Producer
Paul Hirsch Editor
James Horner Score Composer
Dream Quest Images Special Effects
Industrial Light & Magic Special Effects
Tom Jacobson Producer
Jim Chory Associate Producer,Asst. Director
Gail Katz Executive Producer
Lawrence Konner Screenwriter
Jackie Rubin Levine Associate Producer
Mark Lisson Executive Producer
Molly Maginnis Costumes/Costume Designer
Don Peterman Cinematographer
Mark Rosenthal Screenwriter
Jackie Rubin Associate Producer
Holly Goldberg Sloan Screenwriter
Gary Stutman Executive Producer
Oliver Wood Cinematographer
Hoyt Yeatman Special Effects Supervisor

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Mighty Joe Young 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
angiekNY More than 1 year ago
My children love this movie. It does have some violence so it is not appropriate for really young children but it has alot of action and a good message.
shirleyrenee More than 1 year ago
It's very sad what the little girl experienced at such an early age but she was determined to keep a promise she made to her mother relating to Joe, a huge, lovable gorilla. She grows up to be a beautiful, but courageous woman and shows no fear to anyone. Bill Paxton is fascinated with Joe, but he becomes more interested his leading lady. Romance blooms, past problems appear in the present, and the gorilla is on the run.
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