The Ghost and the Darkness
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A man bringing modern transportation to the ancient jungles of Africa discovers one of man's oldest enemies lays in wait for him in this period adventure drama. John Beaumont (Tom Wilkinson) is the owner of a British railroad firm who is building a rail line through Uganda. A bridge is needed so that the tracks may cross a large river, and engineer John Henry Patterson (Val Kilmer) is summoned to the African nation to supervise construction. While Beaumont has placed Patterson under a strict deadline, the bridge designer is certain that with his guidance, the local laborers will be able to… More

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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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