Gorillas in the Mist: The Story of Dian Fossey (1988) - Rotten Tomatoes

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Gorillas in the Mist: The Story of Dian Fossey (1988)




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Gorillas in the Mist is based on the autobiographical 1983 book by naturalist Dian Fossey. Before the book could be brought before the cameras, Fossey had been mysteriously killed; her death provides a logical, if somewhat ghoulish climax to the film. A Kentucky girl, Fossey (Sigourney Weaver) is inspired by famed anthropologist Louis Leakey (Iain Cuthbertson) to devote her life to the study of primates. Traveling into deepest Africa, Fossey becomes fascinated with the lives and habits of the rare mountain gorillas of the Ugandan wilderness. Studying them at close quarters, Fossey develops a means of communicating with the gorillas, and in so doing becomes obsessed with the beasts' well-being. She is so devoted to "her" mountain that she loses the opportunity for a romance with a National Geographic photographer (Bryan Brown). Appalled by the poaching of the gorillas for their skins, Fossey complains to the Ugandan government, which dismisses her by explaining that poaching is the only means by which some of the Ugandan natives can themselves survive. She refuses to accept this, and becomes a militant animal-rights activist, burning down the poachers' villages and even staging a mock execution of one of the offenders.

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Sigourney Weaver
as Dian Fossey
Bryan Brown
as Bob Campbell
Julie Harris
as Roz Carr
Iain Cuthbertson
as Louis Leakey
Iain Glen
as Brendan
Konga Mbandu
as Rushemba
Gordon Masten
as Photographer
Helen Fraser
as Mme. Van Vecten
John Alexander
as Mime Artist
Peter Elliott
as Mime Artist
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Critic Reviews for Gorillas in the Mist: The Story of Dian Fossey

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (2)

There were moments when I felt a touch of awe. Those moments, which are genuine, make the movie worth seeing.

March 7, 2003 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Gripping biopic has violence, animals in peril.

May 2, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

This is a movie for masochists.

April 9, 2007 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Sigourney Weaver gives a towering, Oscar caliber performance in Michael Apted's biopic about courageous anthropologist Dian Fossey who devoted and risked her to save Africa's vanishing breed.

July 2, 2005 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Heartbreaking... a must-see.

January 1, 2005 | Full Review…


June 12, 2004 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for Gorillas in the Mist: The Story of Dian Fossey


Dynamite little film. I love Sigourney in everything, so I could be a bit biased.

Tim Salmons
Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

An insight into the life of Dian Fossey, this a great film

Lady D'arbanville
Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer

Messed up movie about the woman who studied the gorillas.

Jason Spencer
Jason Spencer

Super Reviewer

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