• Instinct (1999)


Release Date: June 4th, 1999

DVD Release Date: November 16th, 1999

R |2 hr 3 min

Plot Summary

Years after he goes missing in the jungles of Africa, anthropologist Ethan Powell (Anthony Hopkins) resurfaces when it's discovered that he has murdered two poachers who were killing the gorillas he was studying. After spending an extended time living with the primates and without any human contact, Powell seems to be unhinged, and psychiatrist Theo Caulder (Cuba Gooding Jr.) is called in to try to get through to the withdrawn and angry man -- who may be wiser and saner than he appears.

Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Cuba Gooding Jr., Donald Sutherland, Maura Tierney, George Dzundza, John Ashton, John Aylward, Thomas Q. Morris

Director: Jon Turteltaub

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Touchstone Pictures, Spyglass Entertainment

Distributors: Gaumont [fr], Aurum Producciones S.A. [es], Buena Vista Pictures, Toho Company Ltd., Buena Vista International [us], Filmes Lusomundo

Keywords: 1990s, Murder, Transformation, Daughter, Intense, Underdog, Engaging, Doctor

Ratings & Reviews

  • 63
    James BerardinelliReelViews

    A perfect example of how solid directing and good acting can almost redeem a derivative story. show more

  • 50
    Rick GroenThe Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Pardon my pulling anthropological rank, but Instinct -- a movie about an ape-man savant -- seems a quart low on common sense. show more

  • 50
    Bob GrahamSan Francisco Chronicle

    The warning against actors playing with dogs or children should be expanded to include men in gorilla suits. show more

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