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Gorillas in the Mist: The Story of Dian Fossey (1988)

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Release Date
Sep 23, 1988 (USA)
DVD Release Date
 R1: Apr 13, 1999

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Running Time
2 hours, 9 minutes

Country USA

Studio Guber-Peters Company, Universal

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Other Titles
• Gorillas in the Mist: The Story of Dian Fossey
• Gorillas in the Mist (1988)
• The Adventure of Dian Fossey (1988)
• Gorillas im Nebel (1989)

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Genre: Drama, Animals, Biography, Tragedy, True Story, Culture Clash

Tagline: In a land of beauty, wonder and danger, she would follow a dream, fall in love and risk her life to save the mountain gorillas from extinction.

Plot: Based on anthropologist Dian Fossey's autobiography, and an article by Harold T. P. Hayes, GORILLAS IN THE MIST is a portrait of the determined woman who will do anything to save the mountain gorillas that she studies, and for whose well-being she has a passionate commitment. In the process, she draws international attention to their declining population, yet her obsessive work to save them also eclipses her personal life and brings her into ruinous confrontation with relentless, impoverished poachers. At times recalling Joseph Conrad's HEART OF DARKNESS, the film touches on both Fossey's nobility--and inhumanity. To capture her passion, and the sublime African landscape, director Michael Apted (known for his documentary series 7 UP in Britain) shot on location in Rwanda, where the anthropologist lived and worked. Sigourney Weaver, playing Fossey, gives an intense portrayal (garnering an Academy Award nomination) of the woman who almost singlehandedly reversed the extinction of the mountain gorillas in Africa.

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 Directed by
Michael Apted
The World Is Not Enough, Nell, Enough
 Written by
Sigourney Weaver
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Bryan Brown
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Julie Harris
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Iain Glen
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David Lansbury
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Iain Cuthbertson
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 Music By
Maurice Jarre
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