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Mountains of the Moon [VHS]

Patrick Bergin , Iain Glen , Bob Rafelson    Suitable for 15 years and over   VHS Tape
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  • Actors: Patrick Bergin, Iain Glen, Richard E. Grant, Fiona Shaw, John Savident
  • Directors: Bob Rafelson
  • Writers: Bob Rafelson, William Harrison
  • Producers: Andrew G. Vajna, Chris Curling, Daniel Melnick, Mario Kassar
  • Language: Castilian
  • Classification: 15
  • Run Time: 136 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008T2YC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 217,115 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great, True Tale of Adventure 16 Mar 2003
Format:VHS Tape
Capt. Sir Richard Francis Burton and his mate, John Hanning Speke's travels to find the source of the Nile, and travails to claim the rigth to say that either of these two gentlemen adventurers discovered the source of the Nile makes for one of the biggest and best EPIC adventure films in recent memory. The performances from Patrick Bergin (better known for PATRIOT GAMES and SLEEPING WITH THE ENEMY), and Ian Glen (last seen on Broadway opposite Nicole Kidman in THE BLUE ROOM), turn in career-making perfomances as the two polar opposites who race to find the glory at the end of finding the source of the Nile. Bob Rafaelson, the man behind the camera, does not feel the need to spare the audience of any graphic details from the expeditions (including spearings, native sex, castrations, and ugly political maneuvering), and in the end, this is the best way to go since sparing us would have cheated us. Nor does he feel the need to spare us from any ticks in the characters themselves (Burton's blatant drinking and womanizing) and their questions (Is Speke gay? Who does end up with the bigger ego?). But the film's greatest achievements are:
1 - It makes you understand why these two gentlemen lived the lives they lived.
2- It makes you want to read more about them.
3- It really does make you feel like you too, got to go to see the Mountains of The Moon.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars MOUNTAINS OF THE MOON 9 May 2009
By Dr S. S. Nagi TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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The movie (1989 - 140 minutes) starts with East Africa in 1854, when John Hanning Speke (Iain Glen) arrives looking for Richard Burton (Patrick Bergin). He brings more guns to help the expedition to the source of the Nile. They get attacked by slave traders and just manage to escape, badly injured. They return home to England and the Royal Geographical Society (RGS) sponsor another expedition into the interior. Back in Africa, the caravan moves into the wild, with porters and askaris. They come upon lions trying to feed on slaves. At night some porters desert.
Men are hungry, diseased, some run away and smoke cannabis. Burton writes his journals. They come to an arab settlement. A lot of hardships and sufferings bring them to the Lake Tanganyika. They are captured by another tribe. Speke is allowed to go for a short safari. Speke finds another lake and names it Lake Victoria. Speke returns to England, while Burton stays on the coast of Africa due to bad legs. Speke dies in an shooting accident and Burton is posted to Brazil. The source of the Nile was confirmed 12 years later.
The costumes , safari scenes, lion scenes, african countryside and tribes are very well made. The movie was shot in Liverpool, England and in Kenya.
Read some books with similar theme:-
(1) Journal of the discovery of the source of the Nile, by J H Speke (1865) 1969.
(2) Mountains of the Moon, by Patrick Synge (1937)
(3) A walk across Africa, From my Nile Journals, by James Grant (1864) 2007
(4) The Lake Regions of Central Africa, by Richard Burton (1860) 1995.
Having born in Kenya, I found this DVD interesting.
Watch and ENJOY.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great adventure film in the epic movie tradition 31 Dec 2013
A fine adventure film from the 1990, in the epic movie tradition, based on Richard Burton's and John Speke's exploration of East Africa in the mid 19th century and their discovery of the source of the river Nile and the mountains of the title. The role of Burton was played by Patrick Bergin, an mustachioed Irish actor, who was cast in masculine roles and who seemed to become an important star in those days (he costarred with Julia Roberts in Sleeping with the Enemy), though he finally never achieved a big breakthrough. Speke was portrayed by Iain Glen, while the role of Burton's wife went to Fiona Shaw. In a great scene, they are captured and held hostage by an African chieftain, who is played as a spoilt, barbaric and cruel tyrant. Even if such portrayal was historically true, such scene would probably not be filmed today because of political correctness. Bob Rafelson directed. Filmed in England and in Kenya, the outdoor scenes are a big plus.
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5.0 out of 5 stars mountains of the moon 1 May 2010
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I have tried for a long time to get this dvd and finaly got it, this is an excellent film based on a true story. The acting is first class as is the photography, this dvd gives a brilliant picture quality played on my Samsung Blue ray player it is almost blue ray quality. delivery was great and I will buy from this seller again.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice widescreen transfer 4 April 2013
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As a fan of director Bob Rafelson I was quite keen to see this movie, and was prepared to make do a with a pan-and-scan 4:3 version, as this Region 1 DVD was the only release available and was nice and cheap. Very pleased to discover that the movie is actually presented in a widescreen ratio (1.85 to 1, I think) despite what it says on Amazon and on the back of the DVD cover itself. Definitely worth buying.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Moon shadow 7 Jun 2014
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A wonderful movie, which I was prompted to see again after all these years by a visit to the beautiful tent-shaped tomb of Burton and his wife which has lately been restored. One can climb a ladder and look through a window on the elaborate coffins and relics. As to the film, a review here says that the transfer is wide screen and not 4:3 as stated - true, but it's not formulated for wide screen tvs, only 4:3 ones so be warned you will get a 1:85 image floating in mid screen of your modern tv unless you're prepared to lose quality by zooming or stretching image!
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