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Gorillas in the Mist [DVD] [Widescreen]

  • PG-13
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Fossey had agreed to work with producer Arnold Glimcher and Universal Pictures to make a film about her life; as fate would have it, she was murdered a few hours before she was to meet Glimcher for the first time. Wayne McGuire, Fossey's last research assistant, was convicted in absentia in a Rwandan court for her murder; most of Fossey's friends, however, believe that the real killer was never caught. Although crews of more than a hundred are common in Hollywood shoots, only a crew of six, including Weaver, was permitted to be near the gorillas; additionally, the government allowed just one hour of filming with the animals each day. Due to these limitations, director Apted often had to double as an assistant cameraman. Fossey's tracker taught Weaver the body gestures and vocal noises to communicate with the apes. During filming, she was coached through an ear piece; when charged by a gorilla, the actress was told to look as submissive as possible, which meant making herself smaller than the gorilla and avoiding eye contact. The film crew's base camp was at 8500 feet; Karisoke Research Center, where Fossey worked, was at 12,000 feet, which required a hardy film crew who could withstand the rigors of the daily climb to the location. Many Rwandans served as porters and messengers.
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 20421

  • Credits
    Sigourney Weaver, Susan Alexandra Weaver, Bryan Brown, Julie Harris, Julia Ann Harris, John Omirah Miluwi
  • Critic Reviews
    "...[Weaver acts with] intelligent, muscular resilience...and abandon....Engrossing..."
    New York Times

    "...With a sense of beauty and wonderment the film illuminates an extraordinary and unprecedented communication between a human being and the world's largest primates....The film has an absolutely stunning performance from Sigourney Weaver..."
    Los Angeles Times

    "...It's in the scenes of animal interaction that Sigourney Weaver stands out..."
    Total Film

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