An African mountain gorilla who's been taught sign language by a young primatologist is returned to the jungles of the Congo in this adaptation of Michael Crichton's 1980 sci-fi adventure novel. During their journey they cross paths with greedy corporate scavengers searching for a hidden cache of diamonds.
When a diamond explorer mysteriously vanishes in the Congo region of Africa, a safari bravely ventures into the uncharted jungle to find him. The deeper they travel into the tenebrous Congo, the more deadly their adventure becomes.
Released theatrically in the USA June 9, 1995. Sound in Dolby/DTS. Color by Technicolor; prints by DeLuxe. Shot in Panavision. Produced in the US by Kennedy/Marshall. Copyright 1995 Paramount Pictures. Filmed on location in Los Angeles, Costa Rica, Tanzania and Kenya. Computer systems furnished by Silicon Graphics, Inc. Costa Rica production services provided by Sotela Pictures. The Major League Baseball trademarks were licensed by Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. "An Irish Airman Foresees His Death," by W.B. Yeats was courtesy of A.P. Watt, Ltd. Display Graphic by Banned from the Ranch Entertainment. Additional songs: "Sugar Shack" composed by Keith McCormack and Fay Voss, performed by Jimmy Gilmer and the Fireballs; "Kweli Tutaweza" composed by Sylvester Irungi. Rated BBFC 12 by the British Board of Film Classification. Grossed $79,000,000 at the box office.
"...[CONGO catches] a sense of wonder....You are in for a treat..." - 06/29/1995 Rolling Stone, p.48-9
"...[A] vibrant look, courtesy of E.T. cinematographer Allen Daviau..." - 06/09/1995 USA Today, p.3D
"...The movie is opulent and action-packed..." - 06/12/1995 Variety
"...Entertaining and funny..." - 06/09/1995 Chicago Sun-Times, p.33