|Mountains of the Moon|
|Directed by||Bob Rafelson|
|Screenplay by||William Harrison|
|Based on||Burton and Speke|
by William Harrison
|Produced by||Daniel Melnick|
|Edited by||Thom Noble|
|Music by||Michael Small|
|Distributed by||Tri-Star Pictures|
|Box office||$4 million|
Mountains of the Moon is a 1990 American biographical film depicting the 1857–1858 journey of Richard Francis Burton and John Hanning Speke in their expedition to Central Africa, which culminated in Speke's discovery of the source of the Nile River and led to a bitter rivalry between the two men. The film stars Patrick Bergin as Burton and Iain Glen as Speke. Delroy Lindo appears as an African whom the explorers meet.
- Patrick Bergin as Richard Francis Burton
- Iain Glen as John Hanning Speke
- Richard E. Grant as Larry Oliphant
- Fiona Shaw as Isabel Arundell
- John Savident as Lord Murchison
- James Villiers as Lord Oliphant
- Adrian Rawlins as Edward
- Peter Vaughan as Lord Houghton
- Delroy Lindo as Mabruki
- Paul Onsongo as Sidi Bombay
- Bheki Tonto Ngema as King Ngola
- Martin Okello as Veldu
- Bernard Hill as David Livingstone
- Matthew Marsh as William
- Richard Caldicot as Lord John Russell
- Christopher Fulford as Herne
- Garry Cooper as Stroyan
- Roshan Seth as Ben Amir
- Anna Massey as Mrs. Arundell
- Omar Sharif as Sultan (unbilled)
The original music was composed by Michael Small, who incorporated genuine traditional African music into a traditional orchestral palette. The soundtrack album was released on Polydor Records, but is long out of print. There are two major themes, one for Burton and the other for Africa. There is also a love theme for Burton's relationship to his wife Isabel Burton (portrayed in the movie by Fiona Shaw).
Peter Travers described Mountains as "an epic of sweep and intimacy", and Siskel & Ebert gave it two thumbs up. Ebert wrote, "It's the kind of movie that sends you away from the screen filled with curiosity to know more about this man Burton." In Newsweek, critic Jack Kroll wrote, "The exploits of Sir Richard Francis Burton make Lawrence of Arabia look like a tourist." Mountains of the Moon holds a rating of 65% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 17 reviews.
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- Mary S. Lovell, A Rage to Live: A Biography of Richard and Isabel Burton, Norton & Company (1998)
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