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GHOST AND THE DARKNESS

SYNOPSIS:
In 1896, two extraordinary lions went on a man-eating rampage in Tsvao, East Africa, that claimed over 130 lives. Nothing like it had ever happened before - or since. These two seemingly invincible beasts - fearfully dubbed The Night and The Darkness by locals - brought Britainís plan for an East African railway to a halt, and set their sights on the two men who were hunting them.

Review by Louise Keller:
There is a certain eeriness to native legend and folk-lore, and this tale set in 19th century Africa brings many elements together: superstition, fear, loyalty and bravery. The film is worth seeing for the splendid vistas alone, and cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond perfectly captures the essence of Africa with his lens. The animatronic special effects are flawless, and the integration of real lions with the animatronics is undetectable. Val Kilmer brings great depth to his role and Michael Douglas is forceful and credible as the famous hunter. Great support from the African players, who bring something extra to this most watchable film.

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
Africa is always a sensational setting for drama, and this arresting story - since itís based on real events about two murderous lions - takes us there with all the excitement of the hunt, which is made acceptable by the uncharacteristically vicious behaviour of the lions. (The title refers to the names the locals gave these two.) Entertaining and often exciting, the film falls short of greatness somehow, but is certainly top entertainment.

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CAST: Michael Douglas, Val Kilmer, Tom Wilkinson, John Kani, Bernard Hill, Brian McCardie, Henry Cele, Om Puri, Emily Mortimer

PRODUCER: Gale Anne Hurd, Paul Radin

DIRECTOR: Stephen Hopkins

SCRIPT: William Goldsmith

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Vilmos Zsigmond

EDITOR: Robert Brown, Steve Mirkovich

MUSIC: Jerry Goldsmith

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Stuart Wurtzel

RUNNING TIME: 109 mins

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: UIP

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: January 9, 1997







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