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FULL SYNOPSIS

This 1998 version of Mighty Joe Young begins with a -type prologue and then jumps forward twelve years to find Bill Paxton leading a safari expedition to capture the legendary giant (two-ton) gorilla, the subject of the film's title. Paxton's intentions are admirable; he wants to remove the majestic beast from the imminent danger of poachers and set him up on a posh nature reserve in California. The x-factor comes in the form of Charlize Theron's beautiful jungle girl, Jill Young. Jill has been Joe's soul mate from birth and is the only human who can communicate with him. She is also the reason Paxton's maverick-on-the-run lingers at the reserve after his task is completed. From there, the plot is spurred on by the nefarious actions of a poacher with an Ahab complex and a battery of money hungry scientists who want to exploit Joe. Naturally, all of this puts a burr under the towering simian's skin, causing him to break free and go ape in L.A.'s concrete jungle. ~ Tom Meek, Rovi

  • Release date:December 25, 1998

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Hoyt Yeatman Best Visual Effects 1998 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Rick Baker Best Visual Effects 1998 Nominee

Cast

Charlize Theron
as Jill Young
Bill Paxton
as Gregg O'Hara
Rade Serbedzija
as Strasser
Peter Firth
as Garth
David Paymer
as Harry Ruben
Regina King
as Cicily Banks
Robert Wisdom
as Kweli
Naveen Andrews
as Pindi
Lawrence Pressman
as Dr. Baker
Linda Purl
as Dr. Ruth Young
Mika Boorem
as Young Jill
John Alexander
as Mighty Joe Young

Crew

Ron Underwood
Director
Tom Jacobson
Producer
Ted Hartley
Producer
Holly Goldberg Sloan
Screenwriter
Merian C. Cooper
Screen Story
Lawrence Konner
Screenwriter
Don Peterman
Cinematographer
Oliver Wood
Cinematographer
James Horner
Composer (Music Score)
Paul Hirsch
Editor
Michael Corenblith
Production Designer
Dan Webster
Supervising Art Director
Michael Fottrell
Co-producer
Jackie Rubin
Associate Producer
Jim Chory
Associate Producer
Gary Stutman
Executive Producer
Mark Lisson
Executive Producer
Gail Katz
Executive Producer
Merideth Boswell
Set Designer
Molly Maginnis
Costume Designer
Richard Bryce Goodman
Sound/Sound Designer
Jim Chory
First Assistant Director
Pam Dixon
Casting
Hoyt Yeatman
Special Effects Supervisor
Keith Peterman
Second Unit Director Of Photography
Terry J. Leonard
Second Unit Director
John Johns
Video Assist
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