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Mountains of the Moon

Mountains of the Moon ★★★½ 1990 (R)

Sprawling adventure detailing the obsessive search for the source of the Nile conducted by famed Victorian rogue/explorer Sir Richard Burton and cohort John Hanning Speke in the late 1800s. Spectacular scenery and images. Director Rafelson, better known for overtly personal films such as “Five Easy Pieces” and “The King of Marvin Gardens,” shows considerable skill with this epic. From William Harrison's novel “Burton and Speke.” 140m/C VHS, DVD . Patrick Bergin, Iain Glen, Fiona Shaw, Richard E. Grant, Peter Vaughan, Roger Rees, Bernard Hill, Anna Massey, Leslie Phillips, John Savident, James Villiers, Delroy Lindo, Roshan Seth; D: Bob Rafelson; W: Bob Rafelson; C: Roger Deakins; M: Michael Small.

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