The Ghost and the Darkness
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In this old-fashioned jungle adventure, British engineer Colonel John Patterson is sent to the East African wilds to construct a vast railroad bridge. But instead of focusing his attention on the bridge, Patterson ends up fighting a pair of man-slaughtering lions with the help of an Africanized great white hunter.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 50%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The picture is too lightweight, too posturing and too self-important to go in an introspective direction."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"A scenery-chewing Michael Douglas is the highlight of this passable landlocked variation of Jaws."
‑ Chuck O'Leary, Fantastica Daily
"A roaring adventure."
‑ Staci Layne Wilson,
"An exciting man vs. nature adventure that falls short of terrifying because William Goldman's script is too reminiscent of Jaws."
‑ Jeffrey Westhoff, Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
"Provides us with an unforgettable primal encounter with the mysterious other."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Ranges in quality from adolescent boys' adventure stories to Heart of Darkness."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"Effectively wipes out the lion's cuddly image from The Lion King and reinstates its rep as the fearsome king of the jungle."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"atmospheric but uneven thriller"
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"Excellent thriller. Michael Douglas and Val Kilmer are outstanding."
‑ Forrest Hartman, Reno Gazette-Journal
"A compelling experience because it is true and because it is photographed with such panoramic intensity."
‑ Louis B. Hobson, Jam! Movies
"When the movie sticks to fact, the result is a hypnotic spectacle."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"It sounds like it might be a good movie, but it ain't."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"Gets a bit weird and boring. Both stars can do better."
‑ Willie Waffle,
"Enjoyable and entertaining in a passive sort of way. Kilmer's performance makes the film."
‑ Rob Vaux, Flipside Movie Emporium
"A rousingly effective 'man versus beast' yarn in the great tradition of Jaws and Moby Dick."
‑ Wade Major, Boxoffice Magazine
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