Gorillas in the Mist

Gorillas in the Mist

Michael Apted (1988)

12 Certificate


Our Score
Sigourney Weaver gives a tour-de-force performance in this fascinating account of Dian Fossey's ground-breaking research into the closed world of the gorilla. She admirably presents a warts-and-all portrait of the woman who slowly gained access to a tribe of remote primates facing extinction; according to Michael Apted's biographical drama, Fossey's passion for her gorillas was offset by her coldness as a human being and a commitment to her work that bordered on obsession. Apted's direction is sympathetic and he makes the most of the stunning jungle location. Bryan Brown is good as Weaver's lover, but the real acting accolades must go to the apes themselves.


American zoologist Dian Fossey gives up her comfortable city life to research endangered mountain gorillas in Rwanda. Living among the apes, she develops a close bond with the animals and becomes an expert in how they communicate, while dedicating the rest of her life to protecting gorillas from extinction. Fact-based drama, starring Sigourney Weaver, Bryan Brown, Julie Harris and Iain Cuthbertson.

Cast & Crew

Dian Fossey Sigourney Weaver
Bob Campbell Bryan Brown
Roz Carr Julie Harris
Dr Louis Leakey Iain Cuthbertson
Brendan Iain Glen
Sembagare John Omirah Miluwi
Larry David Lansbury
Kim Maggie O'Neill
Director Michael Apted
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Warner BrosGuidance: Edited for violence and swearing.Available on: video and DVD