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  Movie Review for Ghost and the Darkness, The

Movie Review for
Ghost and the Darkness, The



Ghost and the Darkness, The
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23 Reviews total.

Release date: 1996
Run length: 109 mins.
Categories: Action/Adventure , Thriller

Summary: In 1836, two extraordinary lions went on a man-eating rampage that claimed over 130 lives. Nothing like this had happened before and it hasn't happened since. These two seemingly invincible beasts brought Britain's plans for an East African railway to a dead halt and literally stopped the greatest colonial empire on earth from one of its grandest engineering feats, absolutely cold. A bridge-building engineer, John Patterson, aided by an acclaimed wild game hunter, Remington, set out to find and kill these demons that the African's called "shaitaini" or "Devils of the Night." These two unbelievably cunning lions, "The Ghost" and "The Darkness," set their sights on the two men who were hunting them. Despite rivalry and animosity, the two men must trust each other with their lives to vanquish the two fearless man-eaters and prevent their frightened basecamp at Tsavo fromfulfilling its Swahili namesake--"A Place of Slaughter."

                         Reviews of Ghost and the Darkness, The

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Marc Savlov of Austin Chronicle (7/0)
            For all its noble intent, Hopkins' film falls flat halfway through, mired in bad philosophizing a...

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Roger Ebert of Chicago Sun-Times (7/0)
            It lacks even the usual charm of being so bad it's funny. It's just bad.

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Christopher Null of filmcritic.com (7/0)
            The Ghost And the Darkness keeps you waiting, and waiting, and waiting... and it just never revs ...

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Liam Lacey of Globe and Mail (7/0)
            Ranges in quality from adolescent boys' adventure stories to Heart of Darkness.

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Steve Rhodes of Internet Reviews (7/0)
            A taut thriller.

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Kenneth Turan of Los Angeles Times (7/0)
            Can't transcend a too-familiar script.

                         Reviews of Ghost and the Darkness, The
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Michael Dequina of Mr. Brown's Movies (6/1)
            Effectively wipes out the lion's cuddly image from The Lion King and reinstates its rep as the fe...

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Jeffrey Westhoff of Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL) (7/0)
            An exciting man vs. nature adventure that falls short of terrifying because William Goldman's scr...

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James Berardinelli of ReelViews (7/0)
            The camerawork is frenetic and confusing, and the big confrontations are as likely to provoke uni...

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Peter Travers of Rolling Stone (7/0)
            When the movie sticks to fact, the result is a hypnotic spectacle.

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Mick LaSalle of San Francisco Chronicle (7/0)
            The picture is too lightweight, too posturing and too self-important to go in an introspective di...

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Barbara Shulgasser of San Francisco Examiner (7/0)
            The main failure of the script is a complete lack of tension.

                         Reviews of Ghost and the Darkness, The
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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat of Spirituality and Practice (7/0)
            Provides us with an unforgettable primal encounter with the mysterious other.

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Rob Blackwelder of SPLICEDWire (7/0)
            The Ghost and the Darkness isn't bad as a matinee distraction, but goodness knows it isn't good, ...

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Staci Layne Wilson of StaciWilson.com (7/0)
            A roaring adventure.

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Wade Major of Boxoffice Magazine (6/1) No reference
            A rousingly effective 'man versus beast' yarn in the great tradition of Jaws and Moby Dick.

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Madeleine Williams of Cinematter (6/1) No reference
            A partially thrilling adventure tale that needed to go through the rewrite machine at least one m...

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Jeff Vice of Deseret News, Salt Lake City (6/1) No reference
            What Jaws did for sharks, The Ghost and the Darkness may do for lions.

                         Reviews of Ghost and the Darkness, The
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Neil Jeffries of Empire Magazine (3/4) No reference
            This should have been Jaws meets Alien meets Out Of Africa. But instead ends up being a far more ...

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MaryAnn Johanson of Flick Filosopher (3/4) No reference
            A great film!

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Bob Thompson of Jam! Movies (3/4) No reference
            The real feature of this Stephen Hopkins-directed, William Goldman-scripted yarn are the gross an...

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Louis B. Hobson of Jam! Movies (3/4) No reference
            A compelling experience because it is true and because it is photographed with such panoramic int...

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Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee (3/4) No reference
            Rousing entertainment.

Movie Distributors
Paramount Pictures

Production Companies
Douglas/Reuther Productions
Constellation Films

Movie Studios
Paramount Pictures