Sigourney Weaver received an Oscar nomination for her towering performance as Dian Fossey, the world-famous primatologist who devoted herself to the study of the mountain gorillas of Rwanda. Also starring Bryan Brown and directed by Michael Apted, this harrowing and inspiring biography tells the story of an uncommon and brave woman whose convictions and passions may have ultimately lead to her tragic and mysterious murder.
In a land of beauty, wonder and danger, she would follow a dream, fall in love and risk her life to save the mountain gorillas from extinction. At the far ends of the earth she found a reason to live, and a cause to fight for. They were beautiful.
Dian Fossey: You like this ring? You want to keep the hand this ring is on? If I see or hear or smell you anywhere near my gorillas, you'll be writing with your other hand and I'll have a new ashtray. Dian Fossey: Shit, shit... I fell in shit! Sembagare: They think you are a witch. Dian Fossey: They wouldn't be the first. Dian Fossey: Get off my mountain!
The first feature film to use real gorillas. Jessica Lange turned down the lead role. Winner Golden Globe Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama Three-way tie: Sigourney Weaver Gorillas in the Mist (1988) Shirley MacLaine for Madame Sousatzka (1988) and Jodie Foster for The Accused (1988). Nominated for 5 Oscars