As later stated by one of the costumers, the baby gorillas who interacted with humans were not gorillas but chimpanzees who were made up in black-face and given peaked fur hats to more closely resemble gorillas. This is because the use of actual baby gorillas would have put the filmmakers in serious danger from the adult gorillas. It was also noted that, for a number of reasons, the crew kept its distance from the gorillas when not filming them. One day, when preparing to shoot a scene, the actors and crew were hanging around and paying little attention to a stuntman who casually climbed into his gorilla suit. The suit was extremely realistic, even featuring internal forearm extenders. In the upcoming scene the gorilla to charge, which required the stunt man to run on all fours using the ungainly arm extenders. Being dressed and ready, the stuntman then performed a practice charge. No one had paid any notice to the fellow until that exact moment. When he did the practice charge, he scared the cast and crew, causing a number of them to flee, as they thought that an actual gorilla was going after them. It took a few minutes for everyone to calm down and recognize the humor of the situation. See more »
When Fossey's plane lands in Africa, the tires screech when they touch the runway. However, it's a grassy runway, so this is impossible. See more »
A beautiful film exploring the life quest of an important 20th century scientist. The cinematography was excellent and the script and music enjoyable. One of Sigourney Weaver's best performances. This was the first feature film to use real gorillas.
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