The Ghost and the Darkness

October 11th, 1996







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Plot
Set in 1898, this movie is based on the true story of two lions in Africa that killed 130 people over a nine month period...

Release Year: 1996

Rating: 6.7/10 (25,425 voted)

Director: Stephen Hopkins

Stars: Michael Douglas, Val Kilmer, Tom Wilkinson

Storyline
Set in 1898, this movie is based on the true story of two lions in Africa that killed 130 people over a nine month period, while a bridge engineer and an experienced old hunter tried to kill them.

Cast:
Michael Douglas - Charles Remington
Val Kilmer - Col. John Henry Patterson
Tom Wilkinson - Robert Beaumont
John Kani - Samuel
Bernard Hill - Dr. David Hawthorne
Brian McCardie - Angus Starling
Emily Mortimer - Helena Patterson
Om Puri - Abdullah
Henry Cele - Mahina
Kurt Egelhof - Indian Victim
Satchu Annamalai - Worker #1
Teddy Reddy - Worker #2
Raheem Khan - Worker #3 (as Rakeem Khan)
Jack Devnarain - Nervous Sikh Orderly
Glen Gabela - Orderly #1

Taglines: Only the most incredible parts are true.



Details

Official Website: Vision Distribution [Poland] |

Release Date: 11 October 1996

Filming Locations: Songimvelo Game Reserve, Mpumalanga, South Africa

Box Office Details

Budget: $55,000,000(estimated)

Opening Weekend: $9,215,063 (USA) (13 October 1996) (2142 Screens)

Gross: $75,000,000 (Worldwide)



Technical Specs

Runtime:



Did You Know?

Trivia:
In the early '90s, when Brian De Palma was chosen to direct the film, Kevin Costner was going to star as Patterson. However when The Bonfire of the Vanities proved to be a box office disaster the studio withdrew their offer to De Palma and Costner went on to do The Bodyguard.

Goofs:
Continuity: The visibility of Kareem's earlobe under his turban when Remington has a gun to his head.

Quotes:
Charles Remington: Well, I'm a very considerate man. My mother taught me that.
[Samuel laughs]
Charles Remington: Now, what the hell you laughing about? You don't think I'm considerate?
Samuel: I don't believe you had a mother.



User Review

Something You Can Sink Your Teeth Into

Rating: 10/10

I always found this to be an outstanding based-on a true story adventure film which holds your interest throughout. It features some great suspense and the story is fascinating. It's always been ranked among my top 50 movies. A good surround system doesn't hurt here, either.

Stan Winston, one of the best special-effects men in the business, lent his talents to this film while Val Kilmer and Michael Douglas are more than adequate in the starring roles and the African with the freckles (sorry, I don't have his name) is really a likeble fellow.

Except for the first one, the lion attack scenes are not gruesome and the filmmakers did a nice job a having just the right amount of action and lulls. Neither is overdone. This film has never been given much due but I've never shown it to anyone who didn't thoroughly enjoy it.

This movie scared me so much I stopped hunting lions. It's just not fun anymore.









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