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Mountains of the Moon (1990)


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Movie Info

Director Bob Rafelson fulfilled a lifelong dream when he finally received backing to complete Mountains of the Moon. The film recreates the exploratory adventures of 19th century visionaries Sir Richard Burton (Patrick Bergin) and John Henning Speke (Iain Glen). The heart of the film is the effort by Burton and Speke to discover the true source of the Nile river. This occurs well into the film, after several torturous scenes involving the injuries sustained by the protagonists during other … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
Genre: Drama , Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: William Harrison , Bob Rafelson
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 16, 1999
Live Home Video



as Richard Burton

as John Hanning Speke

as Isabel

as Lord Houghton

as Mrs. Arundell

as Mabruki

as Lord Murchison

as Lord Oliphant

as Lord Russell

as Stroyan

as Ben Amir

as Mrs. Speke

as Norton Shaw

as Lady Houghton

as Swinburne

as Sidi Bombay

as Jemadar

as Col. Rigby

as Lt. Hesketh

as Sorceress

as Nubian Servant

as Lt. Allen

as Attendant

as Lead Actor

as 1st Reporter

as 2nd Reporter

as Somali Girl

as Somali Girl

as Somali Girl

as Somali Girl
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Critic Reviews for Mountains of the Moon

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (9)

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | February 23, 1990
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | July 3, 2008
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Audience Reviews for Mountains of the Moon


This is an excellent movie that portrays Capt. Sir Richard Francis Burton and his mate, John Hanning Speke's travels to find the source of the Nile, and travails to claim the right to say that either of these two gentlemen adventurers discovered the source of the Nile makes for one of the biggest and best EPIC adventure films in recent memory.. This is a movie That should be watched more then once and you wouldn't get bored. 4 1/2 stars

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

Great adventure story.

Anthony Valletta

Super Reviewer

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