The Ghost and the Darkness

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Released 1996

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Director:
Stephen Hopkins
Released:
1996
Rating:
R
The Ghost and the Darkness is a 1996 adventure thriller starring Val Kilmer and Michael Douglas. Directed by Stephen Hopkins, written by William Goldman and co-produced by Michael Douglas, The Ghost and the Darkness fictionalizes the true story of two man-eating lions in Tsavo, Kenya, who are reported to have killed up to 135 people. As the movie begins it is 1898 and military engineer John Henry Patterson (Val Kilmer) is being sent to Kenya to supervise a railroad project that is running behind schedule. After arriving in Kenya, Patterson meets supervisors Angus Starling (Brian McCardie) and Samuel (John Kani), a native African. The rail workers are, one by one, being killed by a pair of ferocious man-eating lions. After Patterson is unable to stop the lion attacks, the workers begin to turn on him and refuse to work. Sir Robert Beaumont (Tom Wilkinson), the primary financier of the railroad project, arrives and agrees to contact the famous hunter Remington (Michael Douglas) and get him to help Patterson kill the lions. The workers have named the Ghost and the Darkness because of their unique, stealth methods of attack. Patterson and Remington must trust each other with their lives as they battle against the deadly lions.moreless
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Emily Mortimer

Emily Mortimer

Helena Patterson

Val Kilmer

Val Kilmer

Col. John Henry Patterson

Tom Wilkinson (I)

Tom Wilkinson (I)

Robert Beaumont

Michael Douglas

Michael Douglas

Charles Remington

Bernard Hill

Bernard Hill

Dr. David Hawthorne

Brian McCardie

Brian McCardie

Angus Starling

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foreign worlds, killer animal, ruthless killing, wildlife habitat, Creatures