A legendary fifteen-foot tall mountain gorilla named Joe is taken to an animal sanctuary in California by zoologist Gregg O'Hara (Bill Paxton) and Jill Young (Charlize Theron), with whom he grew up. Poacher Strasser (Rade Serbedzija) returns from the past to seek vengeance on Joe.

Director:

Ron Underwood

Writers:

Merian C. Cooper (story), Ruth Rose (earlier screenplay) | 2 more credits »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlize Theron ... Jill Young
Bill Paxton ... Gregg O'Hara
Rade Serbedzija ... Strasser
Peter Firth ... Garth
David Paymer ... Harry Ruben
Regina King ... Cecily Banks
Robert Wisdom ... Kweli
Naveen Andrews ... Pindi
Lawrence Pressman ... Dr. Baker
Linda Purl ... Dr. Ruth Young
Mika Boorem ... Young Jill Young
Geoffrey Blake ... Vern
Christian Clemenson ... Jack
Cory Buck Cory Buck ... Jason
Liz Georges Liz Georges ... Jason's Mother
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Storyline

The baby gorilla left in her care grows up to become a hugely tall and broad specimen by the name of Joe, living in the mountains as a mostly unseen legend amongst the people who live there. Along comes eco-minded emissary Gregg O'Hara (Bill Paxton), who is from a California sanctuary, and who talks jungle girl Jill Young (Charlize Theron) into providing a safe haven for Joe at the Los Angeles facility. The transition is not without discomfort, but everything is aggravated via a conspiracy of poachers to get Joe into their own greedy hands. Written by Anthony Pereyra <hypersonic91@yahoo.com>

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Survival is an instinct.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some menacing action violence and mild language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

This movie's trailer used music from Stargate (1994) and Stargate SG-1 (1997). See more »

Goofs

In Gregg's first appearance he refers briefly to a map, then orients himself with a magnetic compass, while resting the same arm on the steel hood of his Humvee. See more »

Quotes

Jill Young: [sees Greg coming out of the infirmary] He's walking already? Joe should have dropped him harder.
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Alternate Versions

German video and DVD versions are edited for violence (capturing of the gorilla, transport of the gorilla in the city, escape of the gorilla, explosion of the ferris wheel) to get a more family friendly "Not under 6" rating. The uncut version (rated "Not under 12") was shown several times on pay-TV channel Premiere World (now Sky Germany). See more »


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Beautiful Dreamer
Written by Stephen Foster
Performed by Jay B. Richardson (as Jay Richardson)
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User Reviews

 
Interesting!
21 July 2001 | by coolkevSee all my reviews

I really like that movie, the way that they brought Mighty Joe Young into another place. Particularly liked the end when the gorilla would save people in the Farris Wheel. The actors did an amazing job. The special effects were out of the ordinary!!!


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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Swahili

Release Date:

25 December 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mighty Joe Young See more »

Filming Locations:

Hawaii, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$90,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,602,042, 27 December 1998

Gross USA:

$50,632,037

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$50,632,037
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1.85 : 1
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