The Ghost and the Darkness (1996)
Average Rating: 5.4/10
Reviews Counted: 46
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Average Rating: 4/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 9
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Average Rating: 3.3/5
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A man bringing modern transportation to the ancient jungles of Africa discovers one of man's oldest enemies lays in wait for him in this period adventure drama. John Beaumont (Tom Wilkinson) is the owner of a British railroad firm who is building a rail line through Uganda. A bridge is needed so that the tracks may cross a large river, and engineer John Henry Patterson (Val Kilmer) is summoned to the African nation to supervise construction. While Beaumont has placed Patterson under a strict
Oct 11, 1996 Wide
Dec 1, 1998
Paramount Home Video
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The picture is too lightweight, too posturing and too self-important to go in an introspective direction.
Ranges in quality from adolescent boys' adventure stories to Heart of Darkness.
When the movie sticks to fact, the result is a hypnotic spectacle.
A scenery-chewing Michael Douglas is the highlight of this passable landlocked variation of Jaws.
Effectively wipes out the lion's cuddly image from The Lion King and reinstates its rep as the fearsome king of the jungle.
atmospheric but uneven thriller
Gets a bit weird and boring. Both stars can do better.
An exciting man vs. nature adventure that falls short of terrifying because William Goldman's script is too reminiscent of Jaws.
Excellent thriller. Michael Douglas and Val Kilmer are outstanding.
Enjoyable and entertaining in a passive sort of way. Kilmer's performance makes the film.
Provides us with an unforgettable primal encounter with the mysterious other.
A compelling experience because it is true and because it is photographed with such panoramic intensity.
A rousingly effective 'man versus beast' yarn in the great tradition of Jaws and Moby Dick.
The Ghost And the Darkness keeps you waiting, and waiting, and waiting... and it just never revs up.
The Ghost and the Darkness isn't bad as a matinee distraction, but goodness knows it isn't good, either.
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- Samuel: Are not lions, they are The Ghost and the Darkness.
- Helena Patterson: Save yourself. No, send me your ATM.
- Col. John Henry Patterson: I'm a tad frightened, you?
- Col. John Henry Patterson: Gevalt! Women and children go first!
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