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Mighty Joe Young (1998)
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Mighty Joe Young (1998) The movie opens with poachers attacking a group of gorillas. Animal preservationists fight the poachers, which ends with one gorilla and a young girl's mother dead. In the melee, a particularly large gorilla baby attacks the head hunter and bites his thumb and forefinger off. The films immediately passes into the future and the young girl has grown up to be Charlize Theron and the gorilla has grown to be 15' tall and weighs 2000 pounds. The two are best friends who play together. When poachers again appear, a representative (Bill Paxton) of a California wildlife refuge convinces her to transfer the gorilla she has named Joe Young to the refuge. Of course, once there the former hunter shows up seeking revenge. Terrorizing the gorilla without letting his human handlers know, the gorilla goes on a rampage across Los Angeles.

Movie Tagline:
Survival is an instinct.

Title: Mighty Joe Young
Release Date: December 25, 1998
Runtime: 114 mins
Genre: Action
All Genres: Action, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Languages: English, Swahili
Country: USA
Colors: Color
Sound: DTS, Dolby Digital, SDDS
IMDB Rating: 5.4
Buried.com Rating: 6.4 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With M

MPAA Rating: PG

MPAA Rating Reason:
Rated PG for some menacing action violence and mild language

Ron Underwood

Charlize Theron ...Jill Young
Bill Paxton ...Professor Gregory 'Gregg' O'Hara
Rade Serbedzija ...Andrei Strasser
Peter Firth ...Garth
David Paymer ...Harry Ruben
Regina King ...Cecily Banks
Robert Wisdom ...Kweli
Naveen Andrews ...Pindi
Lawrence Pressman ...Dr. Elliot Baker
Linda Purl ...Dr. Ruth Young
Mika Boorem ...Young Jill Young
Geoffrey Blake ...Vern
Christian Clemenson ...Jack
Cory Buck ...Jason
Liz Georges ...Jason's Mother
Richard Riehle ...Commander Gorman
Cynthia Allison ...News Reporter
Ken Taylor ...News Reporter
Ray Harryhausen ...Gentleman at Party
Terry Moore ...Elegant Woman at Party
Judson Mills ...Impatient Driver
Tony Genaro ...Boxer Shorts Man
Flo Di Re ...Bambi's Owner
Kaylan Romero ...Street Kid
Hernan Ruiz ...Street Kid
Jenilee Deal ...Street Kid
Matt Deal ...Street Kid
Bethany Bassler ...Cabriolet Girl
Vicki Davis ...Cabriolet Girl
Deborah Kellner ...Cabriolet Girl

» [more cast members]

Jim Chory
Michael Fottrell
Ted Hartley
Tom Jacobson
Gail Katz
Mark Lisson
Jackie Rubin
Gary Stutman
Ralph Winter

Merian C. Cooper
Ruth Rose
Mark Rosenthal
Lawrence Konner

James Horner

Movie Soundtrack(s):
"Imam Assani Cisse"
"Beautiful Dreamer"

More Movie Taglines:
  • Survival is an instinct.
Movie Trivia:
  • On July 2, 1997, during filming in the San Fernando Valley, director of photography Donald Peterman and camera operator Ray De La Motte were injured after the Panther Pegasus camera crane they were riding on snapped, causing them to fall 25 feet to the ground. Peterman suffered a broken leg, broken ribs and minor head injuries, and De La Motte received minor chest and back injuries. Production was halted for two days, and Peterman was replaced by Oliver Wood. In 2000, Peterman sued Panther, as well as Shotmaker Company, the crane's supplier, and won a $5 million settlement.
  • The melody being played on the boardwalk is "Beautiful Dreamer," the favorite of Joe in the original film.
  • Bill Paxton's character name is a combination of the Ben Johnson and Robert Armstrong characters from the original version.
  • Released on the big screen with the Disney cartoon short "Goofy's Extreme Sports: Skating the Half Pipe" in front of it.
  • Terry Moore, Ray Harryhausen:  The star of the original Mighty Joe Young, and the legendary stop-motion animator (who did most of the animation on the 1949 film) appear as an elderly couple at the gala. Looking at Jill Young, Terry Moore states, "She reminds me of somebody, but I can't think who." Harryhausen replies, "You, when we first met."
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