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FULL SYNOPSIS

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

  • Release date:September 23, 1988

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Peter Handford Best Sound 1988 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Tab Murphy Best Adapted Screenplay 1988 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Maurice Jarre Best Original Score 1988 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Maurice Jarre Best Score 1988 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Sigourney Weaver Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama 1988 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Sigourney Weaver Best Actress 1988 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Stuart Baird Best Editing 1988 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Anna Hamilton Phelan Best Adapted Screenplay 1988 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Andy Nelson Best Sound 1988 Nominee

Cast

Sigourney Weaver
as Dian Fossey
Bryan Brown
as Bob Campbell
Julie Harris
as Roz Carr
John Omirah Miluwi
as Sembagare
Iain Cuthbertson
as Dr. Louis Leakey
Constantin Alexandrov
as Van Vecten
Waigwa Wachira
as Mukara
David Lansbury
as Larry
Maggie O'Neill
as Kim
Iain Glen
as Brendon
Michael J. Reynolds
as Howard Dowd
Konga Mbandu
as Rushemba
John Alexander
as Mime Artist
Gordon Masten
as Photographer
Peter Elliott
as Mime Artist
Helen Fraser
as Mme. Van Vecten
Peter Nduati
as Batwa Chief

Crew

Michael Apted
Director
Peter Guber
Producer
Jon Peters
Producer
Tab Murphy
Screenwriter
Anna Hamilton Phelan
Screenwriter
Anna Hamilton Phelan
Screen Story
John Seale
Cinematographer
Alan Root
Cinematographer
Maurice Jarre
Composer (Music Score)
Stuart Baird
Editor
Ken Court
Production Designer
John Graysmark
Production Designer
Ken Court
Art Director
Terence A. Clegg
Co-producer
Robert Nixon
Co-producer
Judy Kessler
Co-producer
Arnold Glimcher
Co-producer
Rick Baker
Associate Producer
Peter Guber
Executive Producer
Jon Peters
Executive Producer
Simon Wakefield
Set Designer
Catherine Leterrier
Costume Designer
Peter Handford
Sound/Sound Designer
Rona Brown
Consultant/advisor
Mary Selway
Casting
Marion Dougherty
Casting
Simon Trevor
Second Unit Director Of Photography
Simon Trevor
Second Unit Director
Rick Baker
Makeup Special Effects
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