Gorillas in the Mist: The Story of Dian Fossey

1988

Gorillas in the Mist: The Story of Dian Fossey

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Gorillas in the Mist is based on the autobiographical 1983 book by naturalist Dian Fossey. Before the book could be brought before the cameras, Fossey had been mysteriously killed; her death provides a logical, if somewhat ghoulish climax to the film. A Kentucky girl, Fossey (Sigourney Weaver) is inspired by famed anthropologist Louis Leakey (Iain Cuthbertson) to devote her life to the study of primates. Traveling into deepest Africa, Fossey becomes fascinated with the lives and habits of the rare mountain gorillas of the Ugandan wilderness. Studying them at close quarters, Fossey develops a means of communicating with the gorillas, and in so doing becomes obsessed with the beasts' well-being. She is so devoted to "her" mountain that she loses the opportunity for a romance with a National Geographic photographer (Bryan Brown). Appalled by the poaching of the gorillas for their skins, Fossey complains to the Ugandan government, which dismisses her by explaining that poaching is the only means by which some of the Ugandan natives can themselves survive. She refuses to accept this, and becomes a militant animal-rights activist, burning down the poachers' villages and even staging a mock execution of one of the offenders.

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  • Sep 13, 2013
    Weaver embodies Fossey the conservationist and Fossey the unmovable force who likely created her own demise. Call her the anti-Jane Goodall.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • May 20, 2011
    Probably Sigourney Weaver's best performance as naturalist Dian Fossey. Normally she receives and excels at ice queen roles or at kicking ass, here she's kicking ass through activism and displays a rarely seen fiery passion.
    Doctor S Super Reviewer
  • Jan 03, 2011
    Shockingly good. Real-life stories are always more powerful and meaningul than those invented by man's creativity. Apted's early catchy scope captures the landscapes of a forgotten world in which savagery plays a very important role as an inert character. Weaver is quite amazing, to be honest. Tragic and moving, reality is portrayed in a very honest manner and just for that, I applaud its bravery. In the end, you'll ask yourself: Who's the real savage? 81/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • Aug 23, 2010
    The film is bogged down by a tedious love story and I was disapointed it didn't spend more time on Fossey's all out war to protect the Gorillas. While she did do a lot of important research, what is infinitely more facinating was the near insane lengths she went to in order to protect these animals and even to avenge them. Sigorney Weaver is very good, but the film doesn't allow her the opportunity to fully explore the character.
    Alec B Super Reviewer

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