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Congo [VHS] [1995]

3.9 out of 5 stars 44 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Laura Linney, Tim Curry, Dylan Walsh, Ernie Hudson, Grant Heslov
  • Directors: Frank Marshall
  • Writers: John Patrick Shanley, Michael Crichton
  • Producers: Frank Marshall, Frank Yablans, Kathleen Kennedy, Michael Backes, Paul Deason
  • Format: Dolby
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Paramount
  • VHS Release Date: 7 Feb. 2000
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CRM3
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 243,648 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Amy the gorilla is being returned to the jungle after being part of a university experiment. Following her home is a group including a professor, an electronics expert, a guide and an explorer, amongst others. They are following her because they know that the animal will lead them to the lost city of Zinj and its diamond mines. What they do not realise is that once they enter the city they will find themselves in danger of becoming an endangered species themselves.

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This is a terrible movie. Frank Marshall (Arachnophobia) demonstrates no control over story, actors, effects or general presentation in this adaptation of a Michael Crichton novel about an expedition into deep, dark Africa that runs into an unknown race of killer apes. The big monkeys attack and attack and attack and have to be fought off with machine guns and lasers--that's pretty much the story, except there's probably an even better one behind "fourth Ghostbuster" Ernie Hudson's bizarre decision to speak with a British accent. While Marshall wants us to root for the human characters, they're all so obnoxious and unbelievable you can't help but feel lousy for the poor apes when they get chopped to bits just for defending their homes against these twerps. If you're not feeling enough environmentalist ire these days, watch this and get angry. --Tom Keogh

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The problem with "Movie Critics" is that they watch movies as a profession and thus anything that doesn't leave them reeling with shock or buzzing with new ideas to justify their time sitting down and watching it is panned as unwatchable.

The truth is that most of us watch a lot of movies for pure escapism and enjoyment in preference to doing something rather dull in our normal lives. We watch the film to fill an evening or as a background to night in and it doesn't matter to us that its all claptrap, so long as its enjoyable.

Congo is not going to challenge anything in your head, but as a popcorn and soda type film, its hugely enjoyable. The pacing is good and feels epic without being slow. The story, as daft as it is, keeps the viewer on edge and the actors revel in their parts knowing that this is not the next Clockwork Orange.

Perhaps the real criticism is the fact that it is based on a novel that is scientific and thoughtful in its approach. I can imagine if you are a fan of the novel, the film will seem disappointing simply because of its different approach.

There are some terrible movies that seem to go on forever without getting close to being interesting, Congo is not one of them - Jerry Goldsmith's musical score sooths the action and terrible lines are delivered with a zest that suggest the actors know its looney, but aren't going to let that stop them (and us) getting on with having a good time.

A little scary in places and with great set pieces and characters getting what they deserve at the hand of rabid gorillas in a lost jungle temple, this film is under-rated. Great to have on as thin flick that isn't nearly as bad as critics will lead you to believe. Just Enjoy It!
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Yes, the talking gorilla is an embarrassment. But I have a soft spot for good old fashioned jungle adventures. One saving grace of this movie is the humour. It doesn't take itself seriously and the actors clearly have their tongues firmly planted in their cheeks. Turn off your brain and enjoy Tim Curry at his hammiest! He is this movie's "trumping card".
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I have owned this movies since it was first released on DVD. If I remember it got in my opinion an un-deserved pasting. The story regarding a talking gorilla and a lost diamond mine, oh yes and an erupting volcano was in my mind a brilliant adventure movie that keeps my interest from start to finish. I have lost count of the number of times I watched it on a good quality DVD I have just watched it on a much better quality Blu-ray disc. I consider this transfer to be well worth the money I paid for it. By the way it was from an original novel by Michael Crichton, what more could you ask for.
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Not since the last Spielberg effort have I seen such a badly scripted, cheesily acted, risible, cliché-ridden piece of old muff. I loved it! Imagine Twister without any twisters and a completely different cast/plot/location and you've pretty much got the whole story: Laura Linney goes to the pantry looking for a Blue Riband and upsets a rare group of apes when she knocks over their teapot. Carnage ensues. Practically. Who cares if it looks cheap and makes no sense. It's fun and fast-paced and the lead actor has curly hair. At least it's not some dreary old British film making you wince everytime you miss out on the bonus ball. "Cricklewood" doesn't have quite the same ring to it.

You'll believe an ape can sign ...
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I have loved this movie since it came out nearly 20 years ago now.This is "Raiders","Planet of the Apes" and "King solomons Mines" all rolled into one crackin package.at just over 90minutes this is great fun with a touch of a couple of scares.Quick plot description,a team is sent to the Congo,to find another team thats been lost!thats all yer getting!!enjoy it and keep a look out for Bruce Campbell in a small part of what he does best??CRACKIN ADVENTURE!!!
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A megalomaniac C.E.O. sends his son into the dangerous African Congo on a quest for a source of diamonds large enough and pure enough to function as powerful laser communications transmitters.

When contact is lost with his son and the team, his sometime daughter- in-law is sent after them.

She is a former CIA operative and, accompanied by gee-whiz gadgetry and a few eccentric characters and sets out to rescue her former fiancé.

What they all discover is that often what we most want turns out to be the source of our downfall.

yes, the film was basically selling itself as the new Jurassic Park, and while it's nowhere near as good as that behemoth, it still has it's moments.

Despite the poor script, there are some good characters here who really make you want to like the film more. Curry as always is the one with a secret, Linney plays the straight woman, but most of all, it's Hudson here who really steals the show.

With his tongue firmly in cheek, he spouts his lines with cheesy glee stealing the thunder from anyone else.

Effects are not the best, but i think it adds to the films silly charm.

Not to be taken seriously, just a big silly movie.
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