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Congo (1995)



Critic Consensus: Mired in campy visual effects and charmless characters, Congo is a suspenseless adventure that betrays little curiosity about the scientific concepts it purports to care about.

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When a diamond expedition in the Congo is lost, a scientist is sent in to find out what happened. Tagging along is an primatologist taking a trained gorilla back to the wild and a Romanian treasure hunter. Jungle adventure flick is fun but never realistic.

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Dylan Walsh
as Peter Elliot
Laura Linney
as Karen Ross
Ernie Hudson
as Monroe Kelly
Tim Curry
as Herkermer Homolka
Grant Heslov
as Richard
Joe Don Baker
as R.B. Travis
Carolyn Seymour
as Eleanor Romy
Romy Rosemont
as Assistant
James Karen
as College President
Bill Pugin
as William
Lawrence T. Wrentz
as Arliss Wender
James Paradise
as Transport Worker
Joel Weiss
as Travicom Employee
John Hawkes
as Bob Driscoll
Peter Jason
as Mr. Janus
John Cameron
as Gorilla
Jimmy Buffett
as 727 pilot
James R. Paradise
as Transport Worker No. 1
William John Murphy
as Transport Worker No. 2
Thom Barry
as Samahani
Ayo Ade Jugbe
as African Airport Guard
Kahara Muhoro
as Roadblock Soldier
Kevin Grevioux
as Hospital Officer/Roadblock Officer
M. Darnell Suttles
as Hospital Interrogator
Willie Amakye
as Lead Porter
as Porter
Jackson Gitonga
as Mizumu Tribesman
Andrew Kamuyu
as Mizumu Tribesman
Fidel Bateke
as Witch Doctor
Jay Caputo
as Gorilla
Philip Tan
as Gorilla
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Critic Reviews for Congo

All Critics (51) | Top Critics (15)

Feels as if the picture were edited to leave the action sequences in while removing any connecting material that might have helped them make sense.

June 17, 2008
Top Critic

Dreadfully muddled, but mildly diverting.

February 9, 2006 | Full Review…

This glib, overheated film about vicious primates delivers little suspense...

May 20, 2003

The entire tone of the book has been transformed from tension to tongue-in-cheek with dismal results.

February 13, 2001 | Full Review…

A splendid example of a genre no longer much in fashion, the jungle adventure story.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

This is easily the worst filmed version of anything penned by the prolific author.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Congo


A remake of the original King Kong, which was a standard adventure tale until the big fellow was introduced. It's the same here, an adventure tale, a safari into darkest Africa (with Hudson's head of the safari quite good actually). Only by now its all been done before so you know what's coming an hour before it arrives. They leave out the lust in the jungle angle, I don't know why.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Wow I remember seeing this at the cinema, being released and trailers feels like eons ago!. At the time I quite liked the film but didn't think it was awesome or anything, on a rewatch I'm still quite liking the film for its good old fashioned boys own jungle adventure theme and nice character work. I think the casting is a winner here mainly with Ernie Hudson as the smooth well spoken guide, in the old classic Hollywood silver screen sense, bordering on caddish. Alongside him is Tim Curry hamming it up quite horrendously as a Romanian philanthropist, with both characters you are never quite sure if they will turn out to be bad guys or not. Rest of the cast is a little wet but there are a few nice cameos thrown in. Problem with this film is the dodgy looking puppet/animatronic mask work on the friendly gorillas which just doesn't quite look right. The nasty vicious grey gorillas look pretty good, spooky and scary with decent mask/makeup work, but movement for all apes concerned is obviously men in suits and just doesn't work. Looks very very cheesy, almost B-movie standards at some points, that and the obvious sets, at times the film looks awful. Locations vary from being nice to clearly not Africa but does the job just about. The whole film is along those lines really, it does the job by the skin of its teeth. You get the thrills of an 'Indy' type adventure mixed with 'King Solomon's Mines' with everything you might expect along the way such as creepy jungles, natives, lava flows, eerie ancient ruins and statues, skulls n bones etc...a real throw back to good old fashioned daring escapades in the unknown. It could of really sunk but just about holds its own and comes across as a fun B-movie without becoming an actual bad B-movie.

Phil Hubbs
Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

Cheesy, bad acting, and dialogue is way too scripted. Stay away.

Eric Alvarez
Eric Alvarez

Super Reviewer

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