Gorillas in the Mist

Gorillas in the Mist

The Story of Dian Fossey

DVD - 1999
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Based on the true story of young anthropologist Dian Fossey who travels to the African mountains to study rare mountain gorillas (Gorilla gorilla beringei).
Publisher: Universal City, Calif. : Universal, c1999
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (130 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Edition: Widescreen edition
Credits: Director of photography, John Seale ; edited by Stuart Baird ; original music by Maurice Jarre.
Performers: Sigourney Weaver, Bryan Brown, Julie Harris.
Audience: Rated PG-13
Language Note: Includes English, French and Spanish language tracks, with optional English captions
ISBN: 0783233523
UPC: 025192042126
Call Number: DVD G

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Derringer
Jun 06, 2018

If you were to remove all of the scenes in this movie where the gorillas were present and just let Sigourney Weaver and Bryan Brown carry the story with their character portrayals - You'd be bored to tears in no time flat. I guarantee it.

It was especially Sigourney, as Dian Fossey (the gorilla-lady), whose performance just about ruined this movie for me. Instead of taking her character seriously, I found myself chuckling away at the amateur, bug-eyed way in which she portrayed strong emotion.

Anyway - I think that another, more competent actress should have been cast for the Fossey part. And, with that - Sigourney could go back to reappearing in yet another "Alien" sequel, which is a movie that I think she was well-suited for.

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Me_Tarzan
May 31, 2018

I had always suspected that Sigourney Weaver was a lousy actress - And - Yep - I was right about her. She didn't prove me wrong with this one.

Here in "Gorillas In The Mist" - I found that the more obsessed the Fossey character got with her "Save-the-Gorillas" mission the more irritating Weaver's performance became until it inevitably escalated into a laughable parody that was impossible to take seriously.

What also lost this potentially promising "One-Woman-Crusade" story some really major points was the truly dumbass "Me-Tarzan-You-Jane" romance that transpired between the brittle Fossey character and the smug, National Geographic photographer, Bob Campbell.

Yep - IMO - That whole kissy-kissy nonsense between Fossey and Campbell was the straw that broke the gorilla's back. Indeed.

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ThomasJWhiting
Feb 07, 2018

VERY GOOD 1988 film about Dian Fossey and her work protecting African gorillas, some of which she became rather familiar with/to.
Lots of fine cinematography, good romantic flavor - lots of fun cinema with those gorillas.

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SAPL454
Sep 16, 2017

This film is truly amazing because it shows that that the love of gorillas brings about an increase of their population in Africa.

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garycornell
Feb 05, 2015

Director Michael Apted scores a winner with "Gorillas in the Mist". He is famous for such films as "Coal Miners Daughter" and "Gorky Park", but this may be his best work. The cinematography of the African jungle gorilla's is stunning. Sigourney Weaver is outstanding in a true story of anthropologist Dian Fossey travels to study the gorilla's in their native habitat. "Gorillas in the Mist" is fascinating from beginning to end. A truly fine film for the entire family!

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