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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: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (209 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305495106
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #158,328 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Congo" on IMDb

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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.

Customer Reviews

It is definitely one of the best science fiction movies ever made.
Mitch Cumstein
Only someone who doesn't know the difference between good and bad movies would find this entertaining.
Pamela Walters
This is a mostly fast paced movie with very good acting and a fun, albeit not plausible, plot line.
BD King

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36 of 39 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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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By L Gontzes on June 26, 2004
Format: VHS Tape
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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24 of 28 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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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Staci L. Wilson on January 23, 2005
Format: DVD
When a motley crew of scientists, adventurers, treasure hunters, plus a primatologist and his ape, Amy, trek through the Congo in search of the Lost City of Xinj, they discover the legendary King Solomon's Mines. Unfortunately, they have to get through a wall of muscle in the form of an aggressive, specially-bred strain of gorilla guards to get to the diamonds. It's up to the uber-educated Amy (never portrayed by a real primate) to try and use brains over brawn as the greedy group gets torn limb from limb. Look for an especially hammy turn by Tim Curry as a Russian-accented (or is it Romanian?) snake in the grass named Herkermer Homolka (say that three times fast). Based upon a novel by Michael Crichton.

Staci Layne Wilson
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Aja Rae Bijja on December 17, 2008
Format: DVD
Congo is a great film. It is just as action packed as Jurassic Park. Some people complain that the gorillas should have been CGI. But at that time it wasn't possible to do that. This combined with a 50-60 million dollar budget. But don't let that get your hopes down.

The gorillas are very well designed and executed and plus the story is scary at some points. After all, apes can think, and they could set traps and easily kill the humans that invade their jungle.

While the movie was not as great as the book, it still has a great deal of entertainment value to it. The movie has some great actors: Dylan Walsh, Laura Linney, Ernie Hudson, and Tim Curry.

It is a shame that some people don't appreciate this film. Now if this movie would have gotten a bigger budget and was made in 2000's era, then it would be even better. Of course, we could always hope that it gets redone in some way and follows the book more closely.

Anyways, buy this movie. It's worth the price and you'll get your entertainment value out of it as well. Buy now and enjoy.
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