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Actors: Val Kilmer, Michael Douglas

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This period film is set during the British Empire when they were building train tracks through Africa. This introduces Val Kilmer the Irish Bridge engineer who leaves behind his pregnant wife in London to build a bridge before the deadline is complete.
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Kilmer's character allows us to experience Africa for the first time through him as he gets tries to gain respect and authority from his workers. This is no easy task when his African and Indian workers don't get along. He eventually comes out on top when he kills a lion which attacked someone.
Soon workers are found dead and what little of their remains. This threatens the building schedule and Kilmer sets out to hunt the lion responsible. However when fifty people are killed in a short amount of time Kilmer decides this isn't natural.
Michael Douglas' character comes to hunt the lion as an experienced hunter. He brushes off the worker's beliefs that the devil is responsible or the spirits of African witch doctors to stop the 'white-man's plans', its just a lion. However when a heavily guarded Hospital is massacred and its discovered that there's two of them Douglas starts to belive in something super natural. Lions don't hunt in packs and can't eat the amount they've eaten. The two characters set out on a mission to no longer let the lion's come to them so they set out to find their lair. They find that they are just hunting- they are killing humans for the pleasure.
We later discover that what the lions really want is Kilmer. They have to destroy the evil beasts before they can do any more harm.
A gripping movie that will have you on the edge of your seat. Not for those with weak stomachs as the violence is very bloody. This movie will leave you wondering; was it just lions, or the spirits of disturbed witch doctors, or something more evil? It will especially keep you mystified when they tell you it was based on a true event.
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Script Analysis of The Ghost and the Darkness

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Actual chase scenes or violence 60%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 10% Time/Era of Movie:    -   1900-1920's Wilderness adventure    -   Yes Plotlets:    -   hunting for/by wild animal Horror film?    -   Yes Horror Plotlets:    -   The monster chased me!

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   engineer Age:    -   20's-30's Nudity    -   Chest Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Irish

Setting

Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK Africa    -   Yes Part of Africa:    -   Arabic Africa    -   Black Africa Desert?    -   Yes Prairie?    -   Yes Misc setting    -   moving train    -   building    -   cave

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   gory visuals of deaths Kind of violence:    -   guns Unusual forms of death    -   eaten    -   crushed    -   decapitated Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing Lot of special effects?    -   Yes Is this movie based on a    -   book

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