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The Ghost and the Darkness (1996)

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A bridge engineer and an experienced old hunter begin a hunt for two lions after they start attacking local construction workers.

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Stephen Hopkins

Writer:

William Goldman
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Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Kurt Egelhof ... Indian Victim
Satchu Annamalai Satchu Annamalai ... Worker #1
Teddy Reddy Teddy Reddy ... Worker #2
Raheem Khan Raheem Khan ... Worker #3 (as Rakeem Khan)
Jack Devnarain Jack Devnarain ... Nervous Sikh Orderly
Glen Gabela Glen Gabela ... Orderly #1
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Storyline

Sir Robert Beaumont is behind schedule on a railroad in Africa. Enlisting noted engineer John Henry Patterson to right the ship, Beaumont expects results. Everything seems great until the crew discovers the mutilated corpse of the project's foreman, seemingly killed by a lion. After several more attacks, Patterson calls in famed hunter Charles Remington, who has finally met his match in the bloodthirsty lions. Written by Jwelch5742

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence and gore involving animal attacks | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Val Kilmer was in Africa for this film when he found out he got the part of Batman in "Batman Forever (1995)." See more »

Goofs

In reality, Patterson killed both lions himself. The great white hunter Remington is complete fiction, and no one like that was ever present in Tsavo during the time the events took place. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Samuel: [narrating] This is the most famous and true African adventure. Famous because what took place at Tsavo never happened before. Colonel John Patterson was there when it began. A fine Irish gentleman, a brilliant engineer. He was my friend. My name is Samuel. I was there. Remember this: even the most impossible parts of this story really happened.
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The beginning of the end credits is shown with a photograph of the real bridge as background. See more »

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Iye Oyeha
Traditional music
Lyrics by George Acogny
Produced by George Acogny
Performed by The Worldbeaters with The Johannesburg Choir
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decent adventure yarn
8 July 1999 | by rupieSee all my reviews

"The Ghost & the Darkness" is a very good adventure flick set in Africa in the late 19th century, and is based on a true incident. Kilmer plays an engineer sent to build a railroad bridge over the Tsavo river. Work is halted by attacks from two man-eating lions which terrorize the workers. Seems these lions are exhibiting behavior not seen in lions before, i.e. they appear to be hunting for sport ('the Ghost' and 'the Darkness' are the names given to the 2 lions by the native workers). Douglas plays a famous renegade American hunter, a tragically scarred Civil War veteran, hired by the railroad to kill the lions.

Good adventure, well-paced, with stunning photography of the African countryside. The movie has an "R" rating which I can't figure out; perhaps because of the bloodiness of the lion dinner scenes (and lunch, and breakfast, and between-meal snacks....). I have seen many PG13's which have more blood & guts than this.

I give it a straight A; my 10-year old son gave it an enthusiastic thumbs-up also).


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Germany | USA

Language:

English | Hindi

Release Date:

11 October 1996 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,215,063, 13 October 1996

Gross USA:

$38,619,405

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$38,619,405
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2.39 : 1
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