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* CoolGuns: Remington's double-barreled shotgun and Patterson's bolt-action rifle, and the Howdah Pistols they both use as a RangedEmergencyWeapon.


* EpicFail: The workers that try to shoot one of the lions when it falls in Paterson's trap only damage the cage [[IJustShotMarvinInTheFace and themselves]] with their panicky fire, even if they're standing three to five feet away, ''and'' set the device on fire. It was a whole lot worse in the real events -- not only were the shooters experienced policemen instead of rookies Paterson taught in an afternoon, but [[FreakierThanFiction in a twist that wouldn't have made it into the film because it's too crazy to believe]], one of the bullets [[ShootOutTheLock hit the cage's lock]], letting the lion escape.

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* EpicFail: The workers that try to shoot one of the lions when it falls in Paterson's trap only damage the cage [[IJustShotMarvinInTheFace and themselves]] with their panicky fire, even if they're standing three to five feet away, ''and'' set the device on fire.aflame when they kick over a lantern is said panic. It was a whole lot worse in the real events -- not only were the shooters experienced policemen instead of rookies Paterson taught in an afternoon, but [[FreakierThanFiction in a twist that wouldn't have made it into the film because it's too crazy to believe]], one of the bullets [[ShootOutTheLock hit the cage's lock]], letting the lion escape.


%%* AdrenalineMakeover: Patterson.

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%%* * AdrenalineMakeover: Patterson.Patterson goes from bookish architect to experienced BadassBookworm GreatWhiteHunter as the film goes on.



* CatapultNightmare: Patterson has one.

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* CatapultNightmare: Patterson has one. It involves [[spoiler:dreaming his wife and newborn child are eaten by the lions.]]



%%* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Sir Robert Beaumont.

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%%* * CorruptCorporateExecutive: Sir Robert Beaumont.Beaumont. The man only cares about the train being made, and to hell with human losses.



* EpicFail: The workers that try to shoot one of the lions when it falls in Paterson's trap only damage the cage [[IJustShotMarvinInTheFace and themselves]] with their panicky fire, even if they're standing three to five feet away, ''and'' set the device on fire. It was a whole lot worse in the real events -- not only were the shooters experienced policemen instead of rookies Paterson taught in an afternoon, but [[FreakierThanFiction in a twist that wouldn't have made it into the film because it's too crazy to believe]], one of the bullets [[ShootOutTheLock hit the cage's lock]], letting the lion escape.



* IDontLikeTheSoundOfThatPlace: "Tsavo" means "slaughter". It becomes a MeaningfulName when the lions start to kill people, escalating to the full-blown massacre of the site's hospital.



* PlaceWorseThanDeath: Tsavo, a region deep in DarkestAfrica that is hellish long before the apparently-supernatural man-eaters come along.



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%%* SlashedThroat* SlashedThroat: Most of the people killed by the lions get this.



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* TitleDrop: "The natives call them The Ghost and The Darkness"
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%%* SuspiciouslyStealthyPredator
* SuspiciouslyStealthyPredator: One of the many reasons people believe the lions are actually demons.
* TitleDrop: "The natives call them [[RedBaron The Ghost and The Darkness"
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Darkness]]."
* VertigoEffect: When Paterson faces one of the lions [[OhCrap and his gun misfires.]]

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* FangsAreEvil: Just like any normal lions, the Ghost and the Darkness have very sharp-looking fangs which only make them look more scary and ferocious.


* CatsAreMean: The two feline antagonists are vicious, blood-thirsthy wild beasts who at times even appear to be humanly-like evil.



* TitleDrop: "The natives call them The Ghost and The Darkness".

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* TitleDrop: "The natives call them The Ghost and The Darkness".Darkness"


* CatsAreMean: The two murderous feline antagonist definetly are.


* AxCrazy: The two homicidal lions whose murderous actions goes beyond normal predators' standards. It's also implied that they kill for the pleasure.



* BigBad: The two lions.

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* BigBad: BigBadDuumvirate: The two lions.


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* CatsAreMean: The two murderous feline antagonist definetly are.


* BabiesEverAfter: Patterson is reunited with his wife and little child at the end of the movie.

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* BabiesEverAfter: Patterson is reunited with his wife and little child their newborn baby at the end of the movie.



* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Sir Robert Beaumont.

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* %%* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Sir Robert Beaumont.



---> "I'm going to sort it out." *BLAM* "[[PunctuatedForEmphasis I'm going. To sort! IT OUT!!]]"

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---> -->'''Patterson:''' "I'm going to sort it out." *BLAM* "[[PunctuatedForEmphasis I'm going. To sort! IT OUT!!]]"

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* AnachronismStew: Samuel's double-barrelled shotgun is appropriate for the time period...but the red plastic shells are not. It would not be until 1960 that the first plastic shotshells were introduced; before then, shotshells were made of brass or paper.


** Creator/RogerEbert defined the film as "an African adventure that makes the {{Tarzan}} movies look subtle and realistic". Ironic considering it's still BasedOnATrueStory.
** Patterson supposedly killed both lions himself, without the help of any professional hunter. If the story was told as both he and others recorded at the time, people would have been decrying it as a pure ego project on the part of Kilmer, who simply must have forced them to turn the movie into a story about his [[invoked]]GodModeSue.

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** Creator/RogerEbert defined the film as "an African adventure that makes the {{Tarzan}} Franchise/{{Tarzan}} movies look subtle and realistic". Ironic considering it's still BasedOnATrueStory.
** Patterson supposedly killed both lions himself, without the help of any professional hunter. If the story was told as both he and others recorded at the time, people would have been decrying it as a pure ego project on the part of Kilmer, who simply must have forced them to turn the movie into a story about his [[invoked]]GodModeSue.{{invoked}} GodModeSue status.


* ForTheEvulz: Implied that's the reason why the lions do their killings. Remington also suggest this when he and Patterson explore their liar full of bones.

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* ForTheEvulz: Implied that's the reason why the lions do their killings. Remington also suggest this when he and Patterson explore their liar lair full of bones.


* RealityIsUnrealistic: One of the most criticized scenes, the one where a lion falls in one of the traps but the three Indian guards fail to kill him until it escapes... not only happened in reality, but in an even more outlandish way. There were actually like 10 men firing on it, who were agents of the [[IncompetentCop Mombasa police]] (not just railroad guards), and the only one bullet that made target broke the cage's lock [[OhCrap letting the lion escape]].

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* RealityIsUnrealistic: One of the most criticized scenes, the one where a lion falls in one of the traps but the three Indian guards fail to kill him until it escapes... not only happened in reality, but in an even more outlandish way. There were actually like 10 men firing on it, who were agents of the [[IncompetentCop Mombasa police]] police (not just railroad guards), and the only one bullet that made target broke the cage's lock [[OhCrap letting the lion escape]].


* GenreSavvy: The lions easily outwit Patterson, and the second they walk into a trap, they attack the hospital, knowing it would take them by surprise.


Nowadays, the movie seems to be best known for how the main character, Patterson, was heavily toned down to [[ExecutiveMeddling make room for the]] [[WagTheDirector originally tertiary character]] played by producer Michael Douglas.

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Nowadays, the movie seems to be best known for how Part because live-acted lions didn't seem much of a threat after theatres had already been attacked by expensive CGI [[Film/JurassicPark dinosaurs]] and [[Film/IndependenceDay alien invaders]], part because the main character, Patterson, character (played by the ''goddamn Film/{{Batman|Forever}}'') was heavily toned down to [[ExecutiveMeddling make room for the]] [[WagTheDirector originally tertiary character]] played by producer Michael Douglas.
Douglas, the film got mixed reviews and a disappointing performance in the box-office. It also won an Academy Award for Best Sound Editing which is [[ConsolationAward pretty much like winning nothing]]. The movie still remains an entertaining adventure movie with that classical feel in it, however.


->''" They are not lions, they are [[TitleDrop The Ghost and the Darkness]]."''

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->''" They ->''"They are not lions, they are [[TitleDrop The the Ghost and the Darkness]].Darkness."''



Part because live-acted lions didn't seem much of a threat after theatres had already been attacked by expensive CGI [[Film/JurassicPark dinosaurs]] and [[Film/IndependenceDay alien invaders]], part because the main character (played by the ''goddamn Film/{{Batman|Forever}}'') was heavily toned down to [[ExecutiveMeddling make room for the]] [[WagTheDirector originally tertiary character]] played by producer Michael Douglas, the film got mixed reviews and a disappointing performance in the box-office. It also won an Academy Award for Best Sound Editing which is [[ConsolationAward pretty much like winning nothing]]. The movie still remains an entertaining adventure movie with that classical feel in it, however.

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Part because live-acted lions didn't seem much of a threat after theatres had already been attacked by expensive CGI [[Film/JurassicPark dinosaurs]] and [[Film/IndependenceDay alien invaders]], part because Nowadays, the movie seems to be best known for how the main character (played by the ''goddamn Film/{{Batman|Forever}}'') character, Patterson, was heavily toned down to [[ExecutiveMeddling make room for the]] [[WagTheDirector originally tertiary character]] played by producer Michael Douglas, the film got mixed reviews and a disappointing performance in the box-office. It also won an Academy Award for Best Sound Editing which is [[ConsolationAward pretty much like winning nothing]]. The movie still remains an entertaining adventure movie with that classical feel in it, however.
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