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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Adventure
This is not your typical film. Set in South Africa, Val Kilmer is set on an impossible mission to complete the building of a railway bridge.....sounds very boring...but I can assure you it isnt!!!
The story continues as the local people help to build the bridge until people start to get killed by a pair of Lions known to the locals as "The Ghost and the...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Jaws with lions...
Ghost and Darkness stars Val Kilmer as John Patterson, the "Irish" enginner charged to built a bridge across the river Tsavo in deepest darkest Africa. The accent on Kilmer is very funny as he attempts an Irish-cum-something else twang. The fact that the film is based on true events adds a macabre atmoshpere as soon after arriving at the river worksite,...
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Adventure, 3 Nov 2003
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This is not your typical film. Set in South Africa, Val Kilmer is set on an impossible mission to complete the building of a railway bridge.....sounds very boring...but I can assure you it isnt!!!
The story continues as the local people help to build the bridge until people start to get killed by a pair of Lions known to the locals as "The Ghost and the Darkness".
The special effects are brilliant and the film keep you going until the end, with you wanting to see what happens.
I would definately rate this film, its not got strong language or horror or sex scenes, just good old fashioned good script and very watchable.
I suggest you buy it I promise you wont be disappointed
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The beauty and the power of Lions immortalised, 27 Feb 2001
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The strength of this films comes from the stunning visual effects used for the Lions. Their size and grace adds to the fear they strike into the minds of the tribe they have begun to attack. Turned maneaters, they must be hunted down and that is where Val Kilmer and Michael Douglas come in. A powerful film added to by the power of the lions.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic film. filmed with style., 7 Mar 2011
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There were many opportunities for the director and actors to ruin this film with over-acting, too much gore and too much suspense. They did not. It's an almost perfect film with only the occasional plot short cut and dialogue-for-the-americans moment to rob it of perfection. The cinematography is involving and spacious and the scenery not used to "over-africa" the film if you know what I mean. This really should be given a blu-ray remaster soon because its a recent enough film for the result to be stunning... buy this film.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent African Adventure, 9 July 2001
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The combination of visual backdrops, excellent chemistry between the actors(Kilmer and Douglas), and the realisation that this isnt fiction, makes this film an excellent watch. True, it may be slightly slow in its build up, but that shows Africa excellently and with a sort of invincible type evil about the lions, it really makes you wonder whether the lions really were normal animals. The atmosphere of Africa in the 19th century is portrayed excellently, and anyone who's a fan of Africa it self will appreciate this film with its many excellent views of the open plains and mountain locations This film will not disappoint many.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars DON'T HIT THE PAWS BUTTON, 27 Sep 2007
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Based on actual events, the Indian workers for a British railway construction company are terrorised by two adult male lions.

Reputed to have killed well over a hundred men, the lions are almost supernaturally hard to stop, as they repeatedly attack and kill.

Val Kilmer (with a not so convincing Scottish accent) is the engineer in charge of constructing a bridge, under a tight deadline from his superiors. His efforts to trap/kill the lions are fruitless and big game hunter, American, Remmington (Michael Douglas) arrives to take matters in hand. He too, is thwarted and eventually killed in his efforts to stop the 'Ghosts', as the lions have been named.

Great film A++++
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good film, but read the book, 18 Sep 2001
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If you like this film, you should read the book which it is based on, 'The Man-eaters of Tsavo' by Colonel John Patterson who Val Kilmer plays in the film. Yes, this is a true story and the lions really did kill over a hundred people!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars JAWS IT IS, SHARKS IT IS NOT, 5 Aug 2007
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I find it strange that this movie can be compared to jaws, o.k. it involves an animal that is clever and kills people, there the similarity stops (unless you include S.S.).In fact it should be the other way round as this is based on a true story rather than a figment of an over active imagination.
Set in the late 1890`s in East Africa the film maintains a thrilling adventure for most of its 1.1/2 + hrs. There are a couple of slow moments but they do allow you to catch your breath. Overall a film well worth its money and star rating.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Jaws with lions..., 15 Mar 2000
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Ghost and Darkness stars Val Kilmer as John Patterson, the "Irish" enginner charged to built a bridge across the river Tsavo in deepest darkest Africa. The accent on Kilmer is very funny as he attempts an Irish-cum-something else twang. The fact that the film is based on true events adds a macabre atmoshpere as soon after arriving at the river worksite, attacks from two VERY hungry lions start, killing at random during the day and night. With the death toll rising fast and the African workers running away fatser, Patterson turns to his employer, the tyranical glory hungry Beaumont (played by Full Monty`s Tom Wilkinson) but is told to get on with his work as it "wouldnt do for it to be thought that the builders of the British Empire were being held up with a few MINOR problems with the local wildlife". As the deaths carry on though, Beaumont is forced to seek the help of the legenday hunter Remington, played by Micheal Douglas and possibly the best character in the film. Together, Patterson and Remington set out to hunt the manhunters down, only to discover that these are no ordinary lions..... Ghost and Darkness uses the same principle as Jaws did to play on your nerves but doesn`t pull it off as well. The famous music from Jaws - although doctored a bit - is used to signal the approach of the beasts which shows another similarity to the grand-daddy of animals vs. human films. Not great but not bad and relies on the fact that these events really happened to deliver most of the overlaying horror, which it does to an extent. Worth a look.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good film, 18 Feb 2014
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I haven't watched it yet as the seller didn't mention that it was a region 1 DVD. I have seen the film before as it is one of my fav movies, I do recommend it!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Foreign disc, 20 Dec 2013
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Has been returned,came in a Language that I did not understand. Had no Language options. These must be checked before they are sent out.
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