R | | Adventure, Drama, Thriller
A bridge engineer and an experienced old hunter begin a hunt for two lions after they start attacking local construction workers.
Director Stephen Hopkins said in 1999 interview with SFX magazine how making of The Ghost and the Darkness was his worst experience as a filmmaker, "a true nightmare". Michael Douglas, who was producing the film, decided at last minute to play the Remington character. But even before filming began the working relationship between Douglas and Hopkins was very tense. Douglas even went and had the movie completely re-cut in post production removing 45 minutes of scenes in order for him to have more screen time. This also explains story parts that go nowhere and plot holes that the movie has. Like for example, a part where the story jumps from having only few people killed by lions only for characters in next scenes mentioning how the number of people dead is much bigger. Hopkins expressed disappointment with the final cut of the film.
This is the most famous and true African adventure.
When Robert Beaumont asks Col. Patterson to build the bridge, the world map behind him shows countries like India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and various African countries which were obviously not separate countries in 1896.
The beginning of the end credits is shown with a photograph of the real bridge as background.
$9,215,063 (USA) (13 October 1996)