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Instinct (1999)

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Release Date
 USA: Jun 4, 1999
DVD Release Date
 R1: Nov 16, 1999
 R2: 3 May 2004

Budget $55,000,000

MPAA Rating
Rated R for some intense violent behavior.

Running Time
2 hours, 6 minutes

Country USA

Studio Spyglass Entertainment, Touchstone Pictures

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Other Titles
• Instinct
• Ishmael (1998)

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Genre: Thriller, Drama, Suspense, Prison, Psychos, Doctor

Tagline: One man's mind is another man's mystery.

Plot: Theo Caulder (Gooding, Jr.) is an ambitious psychiatric who has been asked by his mentor Ben Hillard (Sutherland) to evaluate the case of legendary anthropologist and primatologist Ethan Powell (Hopkins). Powell- a highly educated man who holds an ominous secret in his past- is currently being held captive in a maximum security prison for the critically insane. In an attempt to understand the actions of this headline-gripping madman, Caulder elicits the aid of Powell's estranged daughter, Lyn. Risking his career and his life, Caulder's ambition drives him to find the truth, regardless of the cost. Both men become psychologically connected as their relationship changes from psychiartrist and prisoner to student and teacher.

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 Directed by
Jon Turteltaub
National Treasure, While You Were Sleeping, Phenomenon
 Written by
Gerald Di Pego
The Forgotten, Phenomenon, Message in a Bottle
Anthony Hopkins
The Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal, Red Dragon
Cuba Gooding Jr.
As Good as It Gets, Pearl Harbor, Jerry Maguire
Donald Sutherland
The Italian Job, Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, Cold Mountain
Maura Tierney
Insomnia, Liar Liar, Primal Fear
George Dzundza
Basic Instinct, The Deer Hunter, Crimson Tide
Rex Linn
Rush Hour, Cliffhanger, The Long Kiss Goodnight
John Ashton
Beverly Hills Cop, Beverly Hills Cop II, Midnight Run
 Music By
Danny Elfman
Good Will Hunting, Spider-Man 2, Men in Black

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