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They've eluded heat-seeking missiles, gone eyeball-to-eyeball with enraged 5,000-pound hippos, hacked through a jungle curtain. Still, the expedition continues. Amy, a gorilla who was part of a university learning experiment, is at last returning home. A professor (Dylan Walsh), electronics expert (Laura Linney), guide (Ernie Hudson), explorer (Tim Curry) and others follow the scampering ape. They know she will lead them to the place that's more than her home - it's the site of the fabled Lost City of Zinj and its diamond mines. But what they don't know can be fatal. Once they enter Zinj, they'll be the endangered species! From the best seller by Michael Crichton (Jurassic Park) comes an even-packed adventure filled with state-of-the-art technology and primal fear.

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  • Actors: Laura Linney, Tim Curry, Dylan Walsh, Ernie Hudson, Grant Heslov
  • Directors: Frank Marshall
  • Writers: John Patrick Shanley, Michael Crichton
  • Producers: Frank Marshall, Frank Yablans, Kathleen Kennedy, Michael Backes, Paul Deason
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: July 27, 1999
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (252 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305495106
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,370 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Congo" on IMDb

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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Ken Fontenot VINE VOICE on December 15, 2004
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I'll admit that I'm probably giving this film a higher rating than it deserves, but I really enjoy watching it. It seems like a really good attempt at capturing the essence of the old cliffhanger movies starring the likes of Tarzan from way back in the 30's and 40's. Although it isn't the greatest film around, it's one of the best high adventure flicks to roll out since "Raiders of the Lost Ark." Of course, it's nowhere near as good as "Ark," but at least it gives us a good story with some solid characters.

The characters are relatively stock, but that's to be expected in a film like this. Dylan Walsh plays the young, smart, and helpful scientist. Ernie Hudson is the great hunter who fears nothing. Tim Curry is the over-the-top, greedy "philanthropist" with wicked intentions. The rest of the cast does a great job, considering the overall material they work with.

For 1995, the special effects are just fine. Having the wicked gorillas rumble around and attack people looked pretty good considering it was a bunch of guys in suits. Walsh's signing gorilla was full of RC facial expressions.

This film was obviously made with the intent of riding the coattails of another Michael Crichton book-turned-movie, "Jurassic Park." Trust me, "Jurassic Park" is ten times as good as this rumble in the jungle, but "Congo" will suffice for some above-average Sunday afternoon entertainment.

I'd consider it a safe buy due to the fact that it isn't too expensive and the story is better than most of the latest jungle flicks.
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful By L Gontzes on June 26, 2004
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Definitely a great adventure and one of my personal favorites, Congo, brings to the screen a tale set in the African jungles involving an unlikely group that has banded together in search of a lost city and the rare diamonds that are rumored to exist there in abundance. The actors' performances are outstanding, especially Tim Curry whose "Romanian philanthropist" character steals the show. The plot, the jungle ruins, and the battles are all wonderful, making this film one of the best of its kind.
Congo is an action packed movie with strong elements of Indiana Jones and Tomb Raider, therefore, a "must see" for those with a passion for archaeology, mystery and adventure.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Eric on January 5, 2000
Format: DVD
Reminiscent of those Saturday matinee serials, Congo is an adventure film directed by Frank Marshall and written by Oscar winner John Patrick Shanley. I have read the book before and it's quite different from the film. Many regard this as the worst film adaptation of a Michael Crichton novel but I don't think so. Marshall seemed to be heading for trashy fun when he directed the film and that's exactly what the audience gets.
The plot begins with promise. An expedition in the virunga region of the Congo travel to Mount Mukenko in search of a diamond that will enhance a large company called Travicom. However the entire group is slaughtered by what seems to be a gorilla. Now, a group led by Monroe Kelly (Ernie Hudson), Peter Elliot (Dylan Walsh), and Karen Ross (Laura Linney) head to the Congo to renew the search for the diamond and find out what happened to the other expedition.
While Crichton's novel was full of nail-biting tension, Marshall and Stanley go more for the light-hearted and offer some moments of humor. That's not to say there's no tension. There's plenty of it in the last half hour of the film not to mention a bit of gory violence that involves a thrown decaptitated head.
The action sequences aren't bad. They aren't up to par with Indiana Jones but they still maintain excitement and tension. The performances in this film are borderline camp. None of the actors are ever really serious until they encounter the killer apes that created the original expedition massacre.
For a film that was clearly disliked by audiences and critics (although Roger Ebert found it to be good trash) it certainly did well at the box office. If you haven't seen this film I would say to watch it expecting a fun action/adventure that's not to be taken seriously.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Bradford Wilson on March 1, 2002
Format: DVD
Killer hippos? killer monkeys!? Joe Pantoliano!?!!!? This movie has everything!!! Back in 1995, when this movie hit theatres, I'll bet I was the only person who walked away satisfied. Even after reading the much-more-complete novel, I couldn't be more thrilled with this film.
It has all the elements of the classic high-budget action/adventure film: no real big names (at the time the film was made), the airpline ride to impending doom with the handful of unsuspecting travelers staring blankly out the window, and just diverse enough characters to make them interesting.
The movie opens with the second unit in the deep rainforests of the Congo area of Africa. During a transmission to base, the camp is taken over by what look like gorillas. On the receiving end is a CEO of a telecom firm who was funding the expedition to the Congo. His purpose was to mine a special rare blue diamond that would allow him great advancement in the telecom industry. With him is Laura Linney, another scientist who's boyfriend happened to be on the expedition. Most of the plot points are formulaic, but it doesn't really matter in a movie like this. People want to see killer hippos, erupting volcanos and talking monkeys, and there's plenty of that.
The rest of the hour and forty-five minutes are filled with nail-biting airplane chases, whirring motion-sensored machine guns, and crazy ancient white gorillas who crush human skulls. It's all here folks. True adventure movies are few and far between, and this one's a keeper.
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