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While working for a railroad baron played by Tom Wilkinson (Valkyrie,
Duplicity, etc) in colonial Uganda, British army engineer John
Patterson played by Val Kilmer (The Saint, Spartan, The Red Planet,etc)
finds his construction efforts stymied by a series of lion attacks.
After more than 100 workers die, grizzled hunter Charles Remington
(played by Michael Douglas- Wall Street, Traffic, Romancing the Stone,
etc) is called in to head the increasingly desperate effort to kill
the animals. This is definitely a man versus beast movie- as the
lions continue to attack even as Remington hunts them. The movie
is based on a true story based on Pattersons book The Man-Eaters of
Tsavo published in 1907. The movie won an Acadamy Award for best
sound editing and director Stephen Hopkins has had hits in many types
of movies- Lost in Space 1998 edition, Blown Away, Predator 2, etc-
and does a masterful job here. A GREAT movie that Action and Adventure
movie enjoyees will certainly like. Also, there is a great deal of
suspense in the movie and people that like movies about animals and
how they act will also find entertaining-even if these animals are
eating people. This is NOT a childs movie-this is blood and guts
action and suspense and done in a top notch way. GREAT movie that
will most people will enjoy and it will give them a good nights
The lions eat tonight..Based off a true story Val Kilmer plays a designer sent to build a bridge in Africa, unfortunately for him and his workers there are three lions feeding off the workers, after one worker nearly dies in an attack Val sets off with his trusty gun and bags his trophy is it over not hardly what they killed was indeed a lion, but a femaile lion unknown to them there are two more man eaters out there and they want revenge for the murder of their she lion..as worker after worker dies another hunter is sent for and in walks Michael Douglas a big game hunter who slowly and methodically teaches Vals character about his prey..though as good as they are the two remaining lions nicknamed Ghost and Darkness by the frightened natives are much smarter..can they be defeated check out this film and see for yourself..here kitty kitty! I give this film 5 out of 5 bars.,
This is one of Val Kilmer's best films to date! This movie is based on a TRUE STORY beginning in March 1898 when the British started building a railway bridge over the Tsavo River in East Africa. Over the next nine months, two adult male lions killed and ate nearly 140 railway workers. This is a highly entertaining film & the acting is out of this world. CHECK IT OUT!!
hard to believe this movie is based off of a true story.
Val Kilmer and Michael Douglas are a fantastic pair in this movie.
Val Kilmer plays an engineer sent to Africa to build a bridge. He then encounters man eating lions in the work camp that he is working in. He needs to kill these Lions before they scare off all of the workers.
This movie is excellent. I'm afraid my review doesn't do it justice. It is a definite must see!
As a teacher of both history and geography at the high school level I have learned that offering students documentary films as a teaching tool has very little impact on students today. The students are the first to admit this. The film "The Ghost and the Darkness" was an effective teaching tool on a number of levels. This true story captivated my audience while teaching them about British colonialism and the arrogance of the British during this period. It also showed them the tensions between the Hindu and Muslim workers brought in as laborers to build the railroad across Kenya. Geographically, the film depicted the hardships created by the landscape and the brutal conditions created by the climate. There are few highschool children who have not seen more brutal violence on TV or in movies than they witnessed in this movie. Some of the more squimish ones did have turn their heads during a few brief moments.
A great movie with Val Kilmer and Michel Douglas which is based on a true story in Africa in the 1800s about two male lions that have gone on a rampage. Can and will watch this movie over and over.
The title may be slightly missleading, but this is real suspense
While this is not a recent release, never the less it is a gripping story (true stories are often better than fiction).
Set in Africa, Kenya. To tell you more might give away too much.
The acting and direction put this in the top class.
It would be even better in Bluray - if the original film is still available.
loved this movie, not for the squeamish, as it depicts some gory scenes, but lots of val kilmer "eye-candy." Based on a true story, although I was disappointed when I found out Remington was fiction. great scenes of Africa.
Have watched this movie many, many times and never tire of it. Filled with lots of impact, excitement and drama. If you don't like to see a lot of blood in a movie, then this is one is NOT one you would enjoy. In my opinion, Michael Douglas' character, Remington, was one of his finest roles. Val Kilmer's performance of Patterson was also excellently portrayed. I highly recommend seeing this movie!
A few years ago I used to watch this film over and over as a teen. A few years later I found it here, and decided to pick it up again. I still love it!
This film is based on the true events surrounding a pair of lions that disrupted the construction of a bridge in Africa in 1898. This film declares that "the most impossible parts of this story really happened". Let me be the first to say that this is only partially true--based on the memoirs of John Henry Patterson, the bridge-builder hired to construct this bridge in Tsavo (played by Val Kilmer in this film), there were numerous events of the infamous man-eaters seeming to have supernatural senses. They killed dozens of workers in Tsavo and had a knack for evading death. However Charles Remington (Michael Douglas' character) is entirely fictional, and quite a few of the "real" events are extremely exaggerated.
Even so, this is an enjoyable film. It has a fun atmosphere, likeable characters, and won an Academy Award for Best Sound Editing. This is a quick paced film in a good way--it's not so slow that you get bored, yet not so fast you can't follow what's going on. Everyone gives a very nice performance, though I wouldn't call it one of Kilmer's best. He was given a Razzie nomination for Worst Supporting Actor in this film, but I don't believe this is entirely fair. The problem stems from Douglas' character Remington; who swoops into the film and pretty much takes over it during the last half, which pushes Kilmer in the background. While Remington's character is fun and well-written it undermines Patterson's a bit, and this wasn't a terrific choice when in real life Patterson dealt with the problem more or less on his own. I would say that's the biggest problem of the film besides the Hollywood exaggeration of events, and a few obvious technical/continuity gaffs near the end.
I recommend this film to anyone looking for a quick-paced adventure with beautiful scenery, a fairly simple premise and fun characters.