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The Ghost and the Darkness

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The Ghost and the Darkness

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
109 minutes
Wide Release Date:
10/11/96
performer:
Michael Douglas, Val Kilmer, Tom Wilkinson
director:
Stephen Hopkins
Producer:
Michael Douglas
distributor:
Paramount Pictures
author:
11528
genre:
ActionAdventure

We gave it a C

Val Kilmer and Michael Douglas are brave chaps in turn-of-the-century Africa — one a bridge- building Englishman, the other a renegade American wild game hunter — who team up to do battle with a pair of marauding, murdering lions. The ripping yarn (a kind of Jaws in the jungle) The Ghost and the Darkness is based on a true story. And the dramatic conflict should be epic. But the combination of William Goldman’s wildly declamatory script and the stars’ showy enchantment with their own derring-do undoes this awfully big adventure. C

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