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“The Ghost and the Darkness” is a 1996 American historical adventure film directed by .


The Ghost and the Darkness movie is based on the true story of two man-eating lions that terrorized the workers who were building a railroad bridge over the Tsavo River in Kenya in 1898. Colonel John Henry Patterson () is tasked with stopping the lions, which are nicknamed “The Ghost” and “The Darkness.” Patterson works with local workers and an engineer () to build a trap for the lions, but the creatures prove to be smart and elusive, killing more workers in the process. Patterson must then use all his skills to outsmart the lions and protect the workers.


Academy Award for Best Sound Editing (1997)

BMI Film Music Award (Jerry Goldsmith) (1997)

Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actor – Adventure/Drama () (1997)

Directed by
Produced by Gale Anne Hurd Paul B. Radin A. Kitman Ho
Written by William Goldman
Based on The Man-eaters of Tsavo
by John Henry Patterson
Starring ,
Music by Jerry Goldsmith
Cinematography Vilmos Zsigmond
Edited by Robert Brown Roger Bondelli Steve Mirkovich
Constellation Films Douglas/Reuther Productions
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date October 11, 1996
Running time 110 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $55 million
Box office $75 million

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