The Ghost and the Darkness Movie Information

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Overall Rank: 5111

Average Rating: 2.6/4

# of Ratings: 117

Theatrical Release Date: 10/11/1996

Language: English

Genre: Action, Adventure

MPAA Rating: R

Director: Stephen Hopkins

Actors: Michael Douglas, Val Kilmer, Tom Wilkinson, John Kani, Bernard Hill, Emily Mortimer

Plot: In the late 1800s an engineer in East Africa faces a pair of man-eating lions that are so insatiable and violent they are nicknamed "The Ghost" and "The Darkness" by the natives. A famous hunter is brought in to bring the beasts down, but even his presence cannot stop the carnage.

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Ikkinbot - wrote on 08/23/2009

I feel this movie is really under appreciated. It has a really original and spooky story that really pulls you in. The acting of the entire cast is really top notch, making this a very enjoyable film. I would highly recommend this to people who love adventure movies.

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Chris Kavan - wrote on 07/12/2007

A halfway decent attempt at making an action film. Based on a true story, it's obvious a lot of liberties were taken to make it more exciting and violent. It's like Jaws set in Africa with lions instead of sharks. It's just OK.

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Definitely not Simba or Mufasa!!

mdtinney - wrote on 05/23/2009

Based on a true story, Kilmer is an English engineer in the early 1900's, who has six months to get a railroad trestle built across a river in Africa. After about a month, a lion starts getting bold and drags his men right out of the camp. Nothing he does either stops or impedes their advancement. By the time he tells his boss why he is so far behind schedule a total of forty men have disappeared.

Enter Douglas, a rough neck American who is known widely for his hunting skills. Kilmer, himself, fancies himself a hunter, (in fact, he killed a lion earlier in the movie with just one shot) but I got the impression right from the first time that they met that Kilmer knew what Douglas was all about and let him call all the shots.

The one thing I did not understand was why Douglas got top …

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Ghost and Darkness.....#32...........

Mr. B.K. Tinney - wrote on 04/24/2009

Such a simple tale really but the direction by Stephen Hopkins and the cinematography by Vilmos Zsigmond (you will be pleasantly surprised by his many works) made this movie a fantastic thriller. Not to be outdone was the lead acting performance by Val Kilmer, whom I always thought was better than he ever got recognition for. This was one of his finest works as he calmly leads this movie as the determined engineer who has to sort out two man-eating lions (given the names in the title of the movie) while attempting to build a bridge in Africa. Micheal Douglas is the famous hunter brought in to help and does a nice job as well in the movie as do Tom Wilkinson in a limited role and both Bernard Hill and John Kani. Based on a true story, this movie certainly delivers the chills and after …

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