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Mountains of the Moon (1990)

The story of Captain Richard Francis Burton and Lt. John Hanning Speke's expedition to find the source of the Nile river in the name of Queen Victoria's British Empire. The film tells the ... See full summary »

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The story of Captain Richard Francis Burton and Lt. John Hanning Speke's expedition to find the source of the Nile river in the name of Queen Victoria's British Empire. The film tells the story of their meeting, their friendship emerging amidst hardship, and then dissolving after their journey. Written by Greg Bole <bole@life.bio.sunysb.edu>

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23 February 1990 (USA)  »

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Aux sources du Nil  »

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$19,000,000 (estimated)

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$4,011,793 (USA)
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The actual real-life Mountains of the Moon are shown in David Attenborough's 2013 natural wildlife television documentary series Africa (2013). See more »

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Isabel asks Burton to sign her copy of "A System of Bayonet Exercise" and hands him a very substantial book. This writing of Burton's was a 36-page pamphlet. See more »

Quotes

Arab chief in Cairo: In this wilderness you will find only Allah's terrible whimsy.
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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: The Best Films of 1990 (1991) See more »

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Wagogo Marriage Ritual
Recorded by David Fanshawe
From the album "Africa - Ceremonial & Folk Music"
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Often Overlooked Masterpiece
28 February 2001 | by (Southern California) – See all my reviews

A great story, beautifully filmed and acted about two Victorian era explorers. Irish-born Sir Richard Francis Burton, one of the greatest explorers in history, is in search of knowledge. English-born dilletante John Hanning Speke joins Burton's quest in search of glory. Together they search for the answer to one of the most elusive geographical questions of their time - what is the Nile's source? The film accurately shows how the Royal Geographical Society and other outside interests played Burton and Speke against each other for their own gain.

The film's tagline really says it all: "Two strangers made friends by a savage world. Two friends made enemies by a civilized world."


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