Mountains of the Moon

1990

Adventure / Drama / History

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Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 67%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 77%
IMDb Rating 7.2 10 3596

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Roger Ashton-Griffiths as Lord Cowley
Leslie Phillips as Mr. Arundell
Adrian Rawlins as Edward
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1.22 GB
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English 2.0
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2 hr 16 min
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Reviewed by SnoopyStyle 8 / 10

compelling epic

It's 1854. Entitled aristocratic John Hanning Speke (Iain Glen) arrives on the East African Coast on leave from the Army. He recruits Captain Richard Francis Burton (Patrick Bergin) on a journey to find the source of the Nile. Burton is an expert on natives. They call the location Mountains of the Moon. The expedition is soon attacked by a local tribe. Burton and Speke barely escape. Back in England, Burton is organizing a new expedition with the Royal Geographical Society. Isabel Arundell is a well-read spinster and completely taken with Burton. With Speke at his side, Burton returns to Africa to lead a grand expedition following Arab slave trade routes into the interior. They rescue escaped slave Mabruki (Delroy Lindo) from the lions.

It is an epic Victorian adventure. It's too bad that few saw it and it continues that few people knows about it. It is grand and a character study. The black Africans are not cartoon characters. One can compare it to Lawrence of Arabia. The cinematography is not quite as great but the story is every bit as compelling. This is an old fashion epic that is being made less and less. There is so much in this story. Surprisingly, the last half hour takes place in England. Changing tone from tense adventure in Africa to Academic back-fighting in London can be tough but the movie never stops being interesting.

Reviewed by claudio_carvalho 7 / 10

Fascinating Adventure with a Story of Friendship

In the Nineteenth Century, the British writer, geographer and explorer Captain Richard Francis Burton (Patrick Bergin) meets the Lieutenant John Hanning Speke (Iain Glen) during a dangerous journey in Africa and after being saved by Speke, they become friends. Soon they team-up to seek the source of the Nile River sponsored by the Royal Geographic Society. Meanwhile Burton meets his fan Isabel Arundell (Fiona Shaw) and they get married to each other. Burton and Speke travel for many months through Africa where they face brutal tribes, diseases, hunger and many other dangers together. Speke finds a lake that he believes it is the source of Nile River but Burton disagrees and believes they need more scientific research to be sure. When they separately return to London, the ambitious publisher Larry Oliphant (Richard E. Grant) stirs up a quarrel between the two friends and Speke travels alone to Africa trying to prove his findings. Will their friendship end?

"Mountains of the Moon" is a fascinating adventure with a story of friendship based on a historic event, the journey of Captain Richard Francis Burton and Lieutenant John Hanning Speke to the African Great Lakes. The plot may be not accurate but the film is engaging and the landscapes are breathtaking. The viewer does not feel the 136 minutes running time. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Montanhas da Lua" ("Mountains of the Moon")

Reviewed by lee_eisenberg 7 / 10

the Monkees' creator directs Ser Jorah Mormont, Aunt Petunia, Master Aemon, King Théoden and Dr. Zhivago

Bob Rafelson got his start in entertainment by creating the Monkees as a knockoff of the Beatles. He then turned to cinema, directing Jack Nicholson in several movies (most notably "Five Easy Pieces"). With all this under his belt, it will probably come as a surprise to people that Rafelson also directed the 1990 epic "Mountains of the Moon", about Richard Burton's and John Speke's expedition to find the source of the Nile. Certainly an impressive story.

Undeniably, they put their all into the movie. I just get the feeling that the lax depiction of colonialism might look questionable nowadays. Otherwise, I recommend the movie.

In addition to Patrick Bergin, the cast includes Iain Glen (Ser Jorah Mormont on "Game of Thrones"), Fiona Shaw (Aunt Petunia in the Harry Potter movies), Peter Vaughan (Master Aemon on "Game of Thrones"), Bernard Hill (King Théoden in the Lord of the Rings movies) and Omar Sharif (the title role in "Dr. Zhivago"). Also appearing are Richard E. Grant, Delroy Lindo and Roshan Seth.

To think that there was an explorer named Richard Burton, and then a man named Richard Jenkins adopted the name Richard Burton to become an actor (interestingly enough, there was a later actor named Richard Jenkins).

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