Instinct (film)

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Instinct
Instinct poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJon Turteltaub
Produced byMichael Taylor
Barbara Boyle
Screenplay byGerald Di Pego
Story byGerald Di Pego
Based onIshmael 
by Daniel Quinn
StarringAnthony Hopkins
Cuba Gooding, Jr.
Donald Sutherland
Maura Tierney
George Dzundza
John Ashton
Music byDanny Elfman
CinematographyPhilippe Rousselot
Editing byRichard Francis-Bruce
StudioTouchstone Pictures
Spyglass Entertainment
Distributed byBuena Vista Pictures
Release dates
  • June 4, 1999 (1999-06-04)
Running time126 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$80 million
Box office$34,105,207
 
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Instinct
Instinct poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJon Turteltaub
Produced byMichael Taylor
Barbara Boyle
Screenplay byGerald Di Pego
Story byGerald Di Pego
Based onIshmael 
by Daniel Quinn
StarringAnthony Hopkins
Cuba Gooding, Jr.
Donald Sutherland
Maura Tierney
George Dzundza
John Ashton
Music byDanny Elfman
CinematographyPhilippe Rousselot
Editing byRichard Francis-Bruce
StudioTouchstone Pictures
Spyglass Entertainment
Distributed byBuena Vista Pictures
Release dates
  • June 4, 1999 (1999-06-04)
Running time126 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$80 million
Box office$34,105,207

Instinct is a 1999 American film starring Anthony Hopkins, Cuba Gooding, Jr., George Dzundza, Donald Sutherland, and Maura Tierney. It was very loosely inspired by Ishmael, a novel by Daniel Quinn.[1] In the United States, the film had the working title Ishmael. In 2000, the film was nominated for and won a Genesis Award in the category of feature film. This was the first film produced by Spyglass Entertainment after Caravan Pictures shut down.

Plot[edit]

The film examines the mind of anthropologist Ethan Powell (Hopkins) who has been missing for a few years, living in the jungle with gorillas. He had been convicted of killing and injuring several supposed Wilderness Park Rangers in Africa, and is sent to prison. A bright young psychiatrist (Gooding) tries to find out why he killed them, but becomes entangled in a quest to learn the true history and nature of humankind. Eventually it is revealed that during the course of his stay with the gorillas, the animals accepted Powell as part of their group and that he was attempting to protect his gorilla family when the rangers arrived and started shooting them. He gets a hearing to reveal the truth, but an attack by a vicious guard causes Powell to stop talking again. At the end of the film, Powell escapes from prison, using a pen to dig out the lock on a window and heads back to Africa.

Cast[edit]

Reception[edit]

The film received mostly poor or mixed reviews. Review aggregator Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, states the film received an average score of 43 based on 23 reviews.[2] The film also performed poorly at the box office, grossing only $34,105,207 in the United States and Canada.[3] The film won a Genesis Award for its themes of animal rights.[4]

Soundtrack[edit]

Instinct
Film score by Danny Elfman
Released1999
Danny Elfman chronology
Men in Black
(1997)
Instinct
(1999)
Sleepy Hollow
(1999)
  1. "Main Title"
  2. "Into the Wild"
  3. "Back to the Forest"
  4. "Everybody Goes"
  5. "The Killing"
  6. "The Riot"
  7. "Escape"
  8. "End Credits"

References[edit]

  1. ^ O'Hehir, Andrew (June 5, 1999). "Instinct review". Salon.com. Archived from the original on February 4, 2012. Retrieved February 4, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Instinct reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved February 4, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Instinct (1999)". Box Office Mojo. Internet Movie Database. Retrieved February 4, 2012. 
  4. ^ Genesis Awards 2000

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