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Congo (1995)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Mystery | 9 June 1995 (USA)
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When an expedition to the African Congo ends in disaster, a new team is assembled to find out what went wrong.

Director:

Frank Marshall

Writers:

Michael Crichton (novel), John Patrick Shanley (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Laura Linney ... Dr. Karen Ross
Dylan Walsh ... Dr. Peter Elliot
Ernie Hudson ... Captain Monroe Kelly
Tim Curry ... Herkermer Homolka
Grant Heslov ... Richard
Joe Don Baker ... R.B. Travis
Lola Noh ... Amy (as Lorene Noh)
Mary Ellen Trainor ... Moira
Misty Rosas ... Amy the Gorilla
Stuart Pankin ... Boyd
Carolyn Seymour ... Eleanor Romy
Romy Rosemont ... Assistant
James Karen ... College President / Elliot's Boss
Bill Pugin Bill Pugin ... William
Lawrence T. Wrentz Lawrence T. Wrentz ... Prof. Arliss Wender
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Storyline

A megalomaniac C.E.O. sends his son into the dangerous African Congo on a quest for a source of diamonds large enough and pure enough to function as powerful laser communications transmitters (or is it laser weapons?). When contact is lost with his son and the team, his sometime daughter- in-law is sent after them. She is a former CIA operative and, accompanied by gee-whiz gadgetry and a few eccentric characters (including a mercenary, a researcher with a talking gorilla, and a a nutty Indiana-Jones-type looking for King Solomon's Mines), sets out to rescue her former fiancé. What they all discover is that often what we most want turns out to be the source of our downfall. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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Where you are the endangered species


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for jungle adventure terror and action and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Release Date:

9 June 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kongo See more »

Filming Locations:

Baldwin Park, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,642,539, 11 June 1995

Gross USA:

$81,022,101

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$152,022,101
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Although the movie mentions King Solomon's Mines, it bears several key points in common with "Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar," the book and movies based on it. See more »

Goofs

When the team passes through a narrow cavern, Amy steps on grassy ground that rebounds underfoot (a plywood sound stage?) See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Rudy, TraviCom Security: [over PA system] Doctor Ross. Doctor Ross. We've got satellite in the Congo.
Dr. Karen Ross: What did they say, Rudy?
Rudy, TraviCom Security: I can't repeat anything in here.
Dr. Karen Ross: It's Charles.
Rudy, TraviCom Security: It's Charles.
Rudy, TraviCom Security: [trying her access card] It won't work.
Dr. Karen Ross: You changed the code already?
Rudy, TraviCom Security: The old man's got me changing it every 3 hours now.
[imitating Cary Grant for voice print]
[...]
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Written and Produced by James Newton Howard & Lebo M.
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Think Indiana Jones crossed with Jurrasic Park and add a dash of Star Wars
13 June 2010 | by Herbest8See all my reviews

What can you say about a movie like "Congo"? Well, it's silly and underdeveloped with some pretty shabby special effects but god help me, I like it.

The plot is somewhat episodic as multiple different characters with wildly different motives converge on the Congo. One is a communications technician (played nicely by Lauara Linney) who is looking for her fiancé. Another is a Romanain nut case (played by the fabulous Tim Curry) who is looking for a mythical, lost diamond mine. And the last is a gorilla expert returning a talking gorilla back to her natural habitat. I swear, I'm NOT making this up.

The cast as a whole is OK. Linney is appealing, Curry turns in a usual fine job, and cameos from Bruce Campbell and Joe Don Baker add to the quirky atmosphere. Special mention should go to Ernie Hudson, who's roguish charm while not as polished as Harrison Ford's, makes a great Clark Gable/Indiana Jones type-explorer.

The special effects are kind of a mixed bag. The gorillas are obviously stunt-men but the hokeyness is kind of fun. The climax in the temple is also silly but still rousing. Topping all this off, the quirky Jerry Goldsmith score adds considerably to the film as a whole.

Although certainly not a classic or even 100% good, "Congo" is a cheesy, yet entertaining jungle adventure movie and is worth seeing.


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