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Title:
Gorillas in the mist the story of Dian Fossey
Author:
Weaver, Sigourney, 1949- , actor.
Edition:
[DVD version].
Publication Information:
Universal City, CA : Universal, 1999.

©1988
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (130 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
General Note:
Based on the work by Dian Fossey, and the article by Harold T.P. Hayes.

Originally produced as a motion picture in 1988.

Widescreen.

Bonus material: featurette ; production notes ; cast and filmmakers information ; theatrical trailer.

For specific features see interactive menu.
Language:
English

French
Reading Level:
Rated PG-13.
Personal Subject:
ISBN:
9780783233529
UPC:
025192042126
Format :
DVD

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Gorillas in the Mist is based on the autobiographical 1983 book by naturalist Dian Fossey. Before the book could be brought before the cameras, Fossey had been mysteriously killed; her death provides a logical, if somewhat ghoulish climax to the film. A Kentucky girl, Fossey (Sigourney Weaver) is inspired by famed anthropologist Louis Leakey (Iain Cuthbertson) to devote her life to the study of primates. Traveling into deepest Africa, Fossey becomes fascinated with the lives and habits of the rare mountain gorillas of the Ugandan wilderness. Studying them at close quarters, Fossey develops a means of communicating with the gorillas, and in so doing becomes obsessed with the beasts' well-being. She is so devoted to "her" mountain that she loses the opportunity for a romance with a National Geographic photographer (Bryan Brown). Appalled by the poaching of the gorillas for their skins, Fossey complains to the Ugandan government, which dismisses her by explaining that poaching is the only means by which some of the Ugandan natives can themselves survive. She refuses to accept this, and becomes a militant animal-rights activist, burning down the poachers' villages and even staging a mock execution of one of the offenders. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


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