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Congo (1995)



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Movie Info

In this adventure, a high-tech expedition is searching the Congo for a lost diamond mine when they are set upon by ferocious creatures and savagely murdered. The avaricious conglomerate that sponsored the journey wants to know what happened, so they send scientist Karen Ross into the jungle to find out.more
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: John Patrick Shanley
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 27, 1999
Paramount Home Video


Dylan Walsh
as Peter Elliot
Laura Linney
as Karen Ross
Ernie Hudson
as Monroe Kelly
Tim Curry
as Herkermer Homolka
Grant Heslov
as Richard
Joe Don Baker
as R.B. Travis
Carolyn Seymour
as Eleanor Romy
Romy Rosemont
as Assistant
James Karen
as College President
Bill Pugin
as William
James Paradise
as Transport Worker
Lawrence T. Wrentz
as Arliss Wender
Joel Weiss
as Travicom Employee
John Hawkes
as Bob Driscoll
Peter Jason
as Mr. Janus
John Cameron
as Gorilla
Jimmy Buffett
as 727 pilot
James R. Paradise
as Transport Worker No....
William John Murphy
as Transport Worker No....
Thom Barry
as Samahani
Ayo Ade Jugbe
as African Airport Guar...
Kahara Muhoro
as Roadblock Soldier
Kevin Grevioux
as Hospital Officer/Roa...
M. Darnell Suttles
as Hospital Interrogato...
Willie Amakye
as Lead Porter
as Porter
Jackson Gitonga
as Mizumu Tribesman
Andrew Kamuyu
as Mizumu Tribesman
Fidel Bateke
as Witch Doctor
Jay Caputo
as Gorilla
Philip Tan
as Gorilla
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Critic Reviews for Congo

All Critics (46) | Top Critics (14)

Feels as if the picture were edited to leave the action sequences in while removing any connecting material that might have helped them make sense.

Full Review… | June 17, 2008
Top Critic

Dreadfully muddled, but mildly diverting.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

This glib, overheated film about vicious primates delivers little suspense...

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

The entire tone of the book has been transformed from tension to tongue-in-cheek with dismal results.

Full Review… | February 13, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

As you stand there with your $7, ask yourself, 'Do I really want to see a rubber gorilla smoke a cigar?' If necessary, ask yourself twice.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

This is easily the worst filmed version of anything penned by the prolific author.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Congo

Wow I remember seeing this at the cinema, being released and trailers feels like eons ago!. At the time I quite liked the film but didn't think it was awesome or anything, on a rewatch I'm still quite liking the film for its good old fashioned boys own jungle adventure theme and nice character work.

I think the casting is a winner here mainly with Ernie Hudson as the smooth well spoken guide, in the old classic Hollywood silver screen sense, bordering on caddish. Alongside him is Tim Curry hamming it up quite horrendously as a Romanian philanthropist, with both characters you are never quite sure if they will turn out to be bad guys or not. Rest of the cast is a little wet but there are a few nice cameos thrown in.

Problem with this film is the dodgy looking puppet/animatronic mask work on the friendly gorillas which just doesn't quite look right. The nasty vicious grey gorillas look pretty good, spooky and scary with decent mask/makeup work, but movement for all apes concerned is obviously men in suits and just doesn't work. Looks very very cheesy, almost B-movie standards at some points, that and the obvious sets, at times the film looks awful.

Locations vary from being nice to clearly not Africa but does the job just about. The whole film is along those lines really, it does the job by the skin of its teeth. You get the thrills of an 'Indy' type adventure mixed with 'King Solomon's Mines' with everything you might expect along the way such as creepy jungles, natives, lava flows, eerie ancient ruins and statues, skulls n bones etc...a real throw back to good old fashioned daring escapades in the unknown.

It could of really sunk but just about holds its own and comes across as a fun B-movie without becoming an actual bad B-movie.

Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

Cheesy, bad acting, and dialogue is way too scripted. Stay away.

Eric Alvarez
Eric Alvarez

Super Reviewer


Dr. Karen Ross: Are you serving that ape a martini? 

"Where You Are The Endangered Species"

Congo is another movie that was made because of the success of Jurassic Park. When Jurassic Park was such a hug success, every Michael Crichton novel had to be turned into a movie to take advantage of the market. Needless to say, this is not another Jurassic Park, but it isn't a complete failure either. It's a bad movie, don't get me wrong, but it also isn't without its fun and in the end that's all movies like Congo are trying to be. 

Eight people, all with different reasons for going, go to the Congo. The film plays itself off as a Jungle Adventure and really that's all it is. It turns into a human vs. ape story near the end. The best part of the movie for me was Amy the gorilla that can talk through technology that says what she signs. She also goes on the adventure with her trainer in order to go home to where she belongs. There's a bunch of different things the movie tries to be. Ape vs. Ape. Human vs. Human. Human vs. Ape. Ape vs. Nature. Human vs. Nature. In the end, all it is, is a moderately amusing Jungle Adventure.

The special effects aren't great to look at, and the actors aren't first rate. I wouldn't say that there's a good performance in the movie, but nobody is noteworthy bad, either. I would have liked to have seen a better lead then Dylan Walsh, but he doesn't ruin the movie completely. I wouldn't suggest this, nor would I say don't watch it. It's a movie that is going to be enjoyed by some and hated by others. I was able to enjoy it to an extent, but it isn't a movie I would ever seek out to watch again. Still, I feel compelled to say that it has been blasted way more than it really deserved. I don't know if that is because it says "From the makers of Jurassic Park" and people expected a Gorilla fueled movie that was just as good or what, but it really isn't that bad of a film.

Melvin White

Super Reviewer

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