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The Ghost and the Darkness

109 min
Action | Adventure | Drama | Horror | Thriller
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Stephen Hopkins
Won Oscar. Another 2 nominations
Country: USA
Release Date: 1996-10-11
Filming Locations: Songimvelo Game Reserve, Mpumalanga, South Africa
Budget: $55,000,000
Opening Weekend: $9,215,063 (USA) (13 October 1996)
Gross: $38,553,833 (USA) (9 February 1997)
Brian McCardie
Brian McCardie
The Ghost and the Darkness
Michael Douglas
Charles Remington
Val Kilmer
Col. John Henry Patterson
Tom Wilkinson
Robert Beaumont
John Kani
Bernard Hill
Dr. David Hawthorne
Emily Mortimer
Helena Patterson
Om Puri
Henry Cele
Kurt Egelhof
Indian Victim
Satchu Annamalai
Worker #1
Teddy Reddy
Worker #2
Raheem Khan
Worker #3 (as Rakeem Khan)
Jack Devnarain
Nervous Sikh Orderly
Glen Gabela
Orderly #1
Richard Nwamba
Orderly #2
Nick Lorentz
Alex Ferns
Kaycey Padayachee
Beaumont's Valet
Giles Masters
Beaumont's Clerk
Patrick Gifford
Patterson's Son
Justin Gifford
Patterson's Son
George Middlekoop
Station Master
Did you know?
The real Lt. Col. John Henry Patterson published a book about his experiences, titled "The Man-Eaters of Tsavo."
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Director Stephen Hopkins wanted his longtime collaborator Peter Levy to be the film's cinematographer, but he was overruled by the studio, who wanted to hire Vilmos Zsigmond.
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According to the book 'The Devil's Candy', in 1990 Brian De Palma was attached to direct. He was turned down by the studio after the failure of The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990). Kenneth Branagh was also approached after the success of Henry V (1989).
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The visibility of Kareem's earlobe under his turban when Remington has a gun to his head.
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During/following cremation of Remington, Colonial Patterson's blood make up on his face/neck varies from scene to scene without any cause for additional bleeding.
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The lions in the film are "normal" male lions with large manes. The actual man-eaters were "Tsavo" lions which means that the males do not have manes.
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John Patterson: Well then you go too, you lack the courage to lead. Go! Tell all your men to go. But I will kill the lions and I will build the bridge. And you? You must go home and tell the wives of the men who died here that you fled with the others because you could not master your fear.
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Abdullah: [gun to his head] I am a man of peace!
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John Patterson: I will sort this out. I will kill the lion, and I will build he bridge.
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Photos from cast
Brian McCardie