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Gorillas In The Mist [1988] [DVD]

Sigourney Weaver , Bryan Brown , Michael Apted    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Sigourney Weaver, Bryan Brown, Julie Harris, John Omirah Miluwi, Iain Cuthbertson
  • Directors: Michael Apted
  • Writers: Anna Hamilton Phelan, Dian Fossey, Harold T.P. Hayes, Tab Murphy
  • Producers: Arne Glimcher, Jon Peters, Judy Kessler
  • Format: PAL, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish, German, Dutch, Italian, French, Portuguese, English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Jun 2006
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00007M5Z2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,450 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Sigourney Weaver more than earned her Oscar nomination for Best Actress in Gorillas in the Mist, dominating every frame of Michael Apted's biopic about primatologist Dian Fossey. Tenderly mothering an orphaned gorilla infant or terrorising an African poacher with a staged lynching, the statuesque star is never less than fiercely focused, a glamorous warrior for animal rights. As the amateur scientist who researched and spotlighted Rwanda's endangered mountain gorillas in National Geographic, Weaver is the passionate heart that keeps an otherwise flaccid film alive.

Unfortunately, the film's stodgy script and direction simply document Fossey's magnificent obsession, offering no insight into what lonely impulse of the soul led this extraordinary woman to climb up an African mountain to bond so strongly with gorillas. Cardboard characters include an eternally smiling, sexless African soulmate (John Omirah Miluwi), a perfect boyfriend (Bryan Brown) who has to be dumped in favour of gorilla-love, and stereotypical villains. Still, the African scenery is spectacular, and who can resist the cross-species thrill when the huge dark hand of Digit, Fossey's favourite, first rests in her outstretched palm? Gorillas in the Mist will please those who savour Sigourney Weaver's Amazonian fervour and the pure fire of her physical and spiritual passion--and harbour a slightly misanthropic fondness for liaisons between beauties and beasts. --Kathleen Murphy

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la giovane appassionata e volitiva dian fossey, abbandonato il fidanzato, dal nativo kentucky si reca nel congo, per svolgere delle ricerche sul comportamento dei gorilla. con infinita pazienza e non senza rischi, avvicina e studia gli animali e di costoro apprende ed imita il linguaggio ed i gesti, per trasmettere successivamente allo scienziato louis leakey i risultati ottenuti. con l'aiuto del fido sembagare e di pochi indigeni e' costretta a lottare sia contro gli uomini della tribu' dei batwa, i quali uccidono i gorilla per rivenderne la testa e le zampe, sia contro il cinico europeo van vecten che, commerciando per gli zoo, tenta di catturare i giovani animali. dian poi combatte contro l'ostilita' delle autorita' locali che solo in un prosieguo di tempo le mettono a disposizione tre uomini per cacciare i bracconieri. dopo un felice periodo di lavoro e d'amore con il fotografo bob campbell, dian, ormai celebre per le sue ricerche, che hanno consentito di salvare da sicura estinzione questa specie dei gorilla, durante una notte viene misteriosamente uccisa.

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4.7 out of 5 stars
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond Love 17 May 2013
Amazing true story about a woman who would do anything to protect a group of animals she has fallen head over heals for. This movie is a good reminder of the forces that are out there and what all of us "animals" will do to protect what is important to us.

I cried my a** off watching this movie and saw myself doing the very same thing as Dian did. I would have done the very same things out of such anger. I would have been so mad but it wasnt the right thing to do. Still it is extremely hard to hold yourself back when your "family" is being attacked and slaughtered. Many would do the same in that situation.

Weaver, as always, stands out and delivers a master performance. I love the way she makes it so easy for people to understand why she would give up love with a potential partner, turn her back to protect the gorillas. As she said, "Im hooked, how can I give that up?" I must admit i would be the same. Thats how much i love animals and i havnt even worked with any, well not like this.

This movie reminds me of Instinct, with Anthony Hopkins. I always think of the message it throws at you. Movies are very cool when you can learn something from them to make yourself better or wiser. This movie did that for me.

Be warned this movie will make you really upset. When they took pucker away I nearly died with sadness. His little hand coming out of the crate and touching her god nothing has ever hit that part of me harder then that scene. Very very sad scenes in this that will tear you up inside. But...

This movie isnt all sad, there are moments where you are laughing with tears rolling down your face its so heart warming. When you see the tiny little baby beating his chest and then falling over,just brilliant.

This movie should be watched by everyone but not everyone will be able to handle it. Prepare for a rollarcoaster battle of emotions.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why does man need to destroy things 21 April 2010
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An excellent film, so sad and yet so inspiring. Sometimes mans greed and self centredness defies logic, but this film does show that tenacity and belief can lead to creating change in the world. I cried often throughout film I will not forget the message it carried.
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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 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 most now probably in Asgard, feasting at Freyja's very table (with a gorilla at her side, no doubt).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely film 9 Oct 2009
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Sad but gorgeous film with lovely scenery. I became a great gorilla fan after watching this moving true story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great film 19 April 2014
By Lee
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I see the film years ago and have all ways enjoyed the film and been after it for year I see it at school
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5.0 out of 5 stars gorillas in the mist 17 April 2014
By gemsy98
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I love this film as it is a true story about a woman who dedicates her life to trying to protect these marvellous gorillas in the wild.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Africa 4 April 2014
By Mark
So mature. So caring. So ready to self-govern. Guess the White Man is to blame again, hey guys? Grow up. Take responsibility. xxx
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Film 14 Mar 2014
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I bought this for my wife who loves it, and loves Silverback Gorillas. We had it on VHS but had to update our collection like everything else!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic
This is a must see, a film for all to pull on the heart strings at times, a very good purchase.
Published 1 month ago by jmc8286055
5.0 out of 5 stars monkey business
a well made true story of diane fosseys attempt to save the dwindling rate of gorillas being killed kor ashtrays etc,well recommend this film,sigourney did a god job here and... Read more
Published 2 months ago by davidhattermann
5.0 out of 5 stars another superb story
the highest rating is the only one that fits,...based on the true story,....of the mountain gorilla, manages to move me EVERY TIME
Published 4 months ago by frank
4.0 out of 5 stars Great film
Having returned from Rwanda, this was a must-see film. Better than expected although articles indicate it is not an accurate account in every way. Dian as contentious as ever!
Published 4 months ago by Mr. Bryan A. Cannon
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorillas in the mist
Was a great movie. Sigourney weever was the perfect actress for the job. DVD was in perfect working order aswel
Published 5 months ago by Jaffee
5.0 out of 5 stars arrived before date stated
it came earlier then expected but that is a good thing.
I will enjoy watching it as I saw it on tv.
Published 7 months ago by Valerie Parsons
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie!
I remember this movie from my teenage years! I love it! It's so sad but so interesting at the same time. Very powerfull film. Read more
Published 8 months ago by martyna_C
5.0 out of 5 stars the service was very good
i thought it was very good quality and watching iwill be telling my friends all about it thanks so much
Published 12 months ago by gail
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