Gorillas in the Mist

Year: 1988
Production Co: The Guber/Peters Company
Studio: Universal
Director: Michael Apted
Cast: Sigourney Weaver, Bryan Brown
I saw this Oscar-seeking biopic on experience-deprived gorilla conservationist Dian Fossey (Weaver) the same day I bought a pair of high top sneakers. Just some random trivia worth mentioning considering it was about 20 years ago as I write this.

Weaver gives the role her all, playing a character unrefined and profane in her newfound passion to save the animals from the ravages of jungle capitalism. When she describes the defeated alpha male lying on the ground with his hands cut off (I can't remember if you see it as well) it will bring a tear to your eye.

The crime of her brutal slaying has never been solved even though she was surrounded by suspects, and while it's more an awards plea than a piece of entertainment, it's effective and well done, with some very clever and scary trained (or coerced) gorillas.

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