The Ghost and the Darkness
The Ghost and the Darkness (1996)

In this old-fashioned jungle adventure, a British engineer, Colonel John Patterson is sent to the Tsavo River deep in the East African wilds to construct a vast railroad bridge as part of the Pan Africa railway. But instead of focusing all… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 11, 1996
DVD Release Date: December 1, 1998
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

The picture is too lightweight, too posturing and too self-important to go in an introspective direction.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

Can't transcend a too-familiar script.

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Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily

A scenery-chewing Michael Douglas is the highlight of this passable landlocked variation of Jaws.

Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

Ranges in quality from adolescent boys' adventure stories to Heart of Darkness.

James Berardinelli

The camerawork is frenetic and confusing, and the big confrontations are as likely to provoke unintentional laughter as edge-of-the-seat excitement.

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Michael Dequina

Effectively wipes out the lion's cuddly image from The Lion King and reinstates its rep as the fearsome king of the jungle.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

When the movie sticks to fact, the result is a hypnotic spectacle.

USA Today

Despite mumbo jumbo about the lions being supernatural demons unleashed by the imperialistic white man, it's nothing more than Jaws with claws.

Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

It sounds like it might be a good movie, but it ain't.

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Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
Chris Weber
Based on a true story, this is a suspenseful adventure yarn about the Tsavo Manhunters who terrorized laborers working on a railroad in East Africa in 1896.… More
Sanjay Rema
This movie is unintentionally hilarious with its cheesy lines and horrible acting. Michael Douglas turns in a hilariously bad performance while Val Kilmer is… More
Tim Salmons
I have to say I really enjoy The Ghost and the Darkness, but not because it's a fantastic film. It's actually a bad film with good elements to it, but… More
Ken Stachnik
A fun little film with every one doing excellent work EXCEPT Michael Douglas who is in fact terrible. Matter of fact the only thing worse than his performance… More
Jens S.
This African hunting adventure seems to come right out of the era of great Hollywood films with similar themes. It is old-fashioned in the good sense. Two men,… More
familiar stranger
I thought it'll be something interesting, something thrilling. However, it turned out to be a hunting adventure which interests me the least.

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