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The life and work of the renowned primatology scientist, Jane Goodall, especially on her research about chimpanzees.

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Brett Morgen

Writers:

Brett Morgen, Jane Goodall (based on the writings of)
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Credited cast:
Jane Goodall ... Herself
Hugo Van Lawick ... Himself (archive footage)
Hugo Eric Louis van Lawick Hugo Eric Louis van Lawick ... Himself (archive footage)
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Using a trove of never-before-seen footage, the film tells the story of Jane's early explorations and research in Tanzania, focusing on her groundbreaking field work, her relationship with her cameraman and husband Hugo Van Lawick, and the chimpanzees that were the subject of her study. Written by Jwelch5742

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Rated PG for thematic elements involving animal behavior, and brief smoking images | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 November 2017 (Ireland) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

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Opening Weekend USA:

$58,348, 22 October 2017

Gross USA:

$1,723,379

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,921,221
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Jane Goodall: It was probably mostly frustrating because they kept running away. And while chimpanzees are running away from you, you can't really get down to the details of their behavior and in the back of my mind it was always the fear if I don't find out something exciting, the money will run out cause all my earlier observations were either chimps close up running away or sitting on the peak or some other spot and watching them through binoculars.
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Enjoyable historical doc
1 January 2018 | by proud_ludditeSee all my reviews

British Chimpanzee expert Jane Goodall is the subject of this American documentary which includes footage of her early research in Gombe, Tanzania in the 1950s and 1960s plus current interviews and narration made specifically for this film.

The highest praise must go to the film footage preservationists who have maintained perfect prints of the colourful adventures in what was very high risk in unknown territory six decades ago. The superb footage is enhanced with Goodall's clear narration and a pleasurable score by Philip Glass.

The first half is thrilling as it includes very surprising information of how Goodall was chosen for this mission especially regarding her background. The second half is still engaging but it has less novelty than the beginning. It still provides a lot of fascinating history though, including Goodall's personal life and the evolution of the chimp community with which she bonds.

As the film evolves, it is easy to see that Goodall's patience must have been one of the reasons she was selected for the task. Even when the animals stay close to her, she knows to avoid touching them until the right moment.

An unfulfilled curiosity is the lives and personalities of local Tanzanians who assist the mission. But the star attraction and the fabulous footage make this viewing worthwhile. What is most amazing is how Jane Goodall looks really very similar to how she did sixty years ago despite the inevitable effects of aging. Waiter, I'll have what she's having.


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