GHOST AND THE DARKNESS
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
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:
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
DIRECTOR: Stephen Hopkins
SCRIPT: William Goldsmith
EDITOR: Robert Brown, Steve
MUSIC: Jerry Goldsmith
PRODUCTION DESIGN: Stuart
RUNNING TIME: 109 mins
AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: UIP
AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: January 9,