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The Ghost and the Darkness

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Original title
The Ghost and the Darkness
Running time
110 min.
United States United States
William Goldman
Jerry Goldsmith
Vilmos Zsigmond
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Paramount Pictures / Constellation Films / Douglas-Reuther Productions
Adventure | Africa. Hunting. Animals. Based On A True Story. 1900s
Synopsis / Plot
Based on a true story, THE GHOST AND THE DARKNESS takes place in Africa during the late 1890s and concerns two ferocious lions who killed 130 railroad construction workers in only two months. A pair of courageous men, no-nonsense engineer John Patterson (Val Kilmer) and rugged hunter Charles Remington (Michael Douglas), set out to shoot the creatures, known as the Ghost and the Darkness. Making their task even harder is the two animals un-lionlike behavior--they kill in tandem, attack in the daylight, and show no fear of anything. Soon the hunters become the hunted...
1996: Oscar: Best Sound Effects
1996: Nominated for Razzie Awards: Worst Suporting Actor (Val Kilmer)
Critics' reviews
  • "Is the rare Hollywood action-adventure that becomes more surprising and exotic as it moves along. While it begins on an unpromisingly starchy note, the film soon picks up speed, color and nicely nonchalant humor"
  • "The Ghost and the Darkness' is an african adventure that makes the Tarzan movies look subtle and realistic. It lacks even the usual charm of being so bad it's funny."
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