Theatrical Release: June 9, 1995
DVD Release: July 27, 1999


Eight people (including Laura Linney, Ernie Hudson and Tim Curry) embark on an expedition into the Congo, a mysterious expanse of unexplored Africa where human greed and the laws of nature have gone berserk. When the thrill-seekers — some with ulterior motives — stumble across a race of killer apes, they must fight their way out of the dark in this action-adventure film based on Michael Crichton’s best-selling novel. Frank Marshall directs.

Dove Review

This is a dark film. There are a lot of gorillas and people killed, blood spurting, and bodies pile up. There are some interesting suspenseful moments including what will happen to people on a plane when it is attacked, and when the gorillas will attack and what will happen as a result. As a family picture, it falls short in the language and violence categories as listed below. It crosses our level of acceptability and therefore Dove cannot award our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal to this movie.

Content Description

Sex: None
Language: J/JC-3; Ch*ist-1; G/OMG-10; H-5; SOB-3; S-12; F-1; A-2; D-4; PO-1; S*cks-1; Good Lord-1; Bloody-2
Violence: Bloody corpses are seen; human eyeball seen; a soldier touches a woman's hair and she slugs him; a bazooka is used against plane; a plane is hit and explodes but everyone survives; a man kills a snake on-screen; a leech is on man's privates although not shown; a character dies of fright; a hippo grabs a man from a boat; gorilla killed; the shooting of gorillas; a man is attacked and is bloodied and dies; during an earthquake a rock crushes a man; a bloody head has been torn from body; blood seen flying from shot gorillas; gorillas attack men;
Drugs: Smoking cigar and gorilla smokes; gorilla drinks.
Nudity: None
Other: Evolution sign seen on school wall; loud burping; a comment about bowell movement; "N" used as a character almost says racial term; in a tribal ritual a man's soul is asked to return to his body; a man shows no remorse that his son was killed.


Company: Paramount Home Entertainment
Director: Frank Marshall
Genre: Adventure
Runtime: 108 min.
Industry Rating: PG-13
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter