The Ghost and the Darkness

  • 15
  • Stephen Hopkins (1996)
  • US
  • 105 min
The Ghost and the Darkness
Film Review
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1 out of 5

Screenwriter William Goldman developed this true colonial yarn of man versus near-mythical beast and writes candidly about its shortcomings in his book Which Lie Did I Tell?. He wanted to tell the tale of the man-eating Tsavo lions that terrorised the building of a railway in East Africa in the late 1800s, but producer Michael Douglas pulled rank and decided he would also star as the enigmatic big game hunter who assists Val Kilmer's engineer. Douglas and Kilmer did not hit it off on a stressful location shoot, and since their relationship is central to the story (the vicious lions are barely seen, even at the climax), it fails to convince on any level. There's majestic scenery, but nothing to get your teeth into in the foreground except ham.

Plot Summary

Period action adventure based on a true story, starring Michael Douglas and Val Kilmer. When John Patterson is sent to oversee the building of an African railway bridge, he is confident of getting the job finished. But when lions start killing the local workforce, Patterson must call on the help of great white hunter Remington to end the carnage.

Cast and crew

Cast

Remington
Michael Douglas (1)
John Patterson
Val Kilmer
Dr Hawthorne
Bernard Hill
Samuel
John Kani
Beaumont
Tom Wilkinson
Starling
Brian McCardie
Mahina
Henry Cele
Abdullah
Om Puri
Helena Patterson
Emily Mortimer

Crew

Director
Stephen Hopkins

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
U.I.P. (UK)
Guidance: 
Contains violence and some swearing.
Available on video and DVD
Certificate 15
Categories
Drama

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