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Mighty Joe Young
Mighty Joe Young
Actors: Bill Paxton, Charlize Theron, Rade Serbedzija, Peter Firth, David Paymer
Director: Ron Underwood
Genres: Action & Adventure, Comedy, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
PG     1999     1hr 54min

Chaos ensues when might joe is moved from africa to los angeles to escape poachers. Features awesome computer-generated effects and action sequences that will thrill movie fans of all ages. Studio: Buena Vista Home Video ...  more »


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Actors: Bill Paxton, Charlize Theron, Rade Serbedzija, Peter Firth, David Paymer
Director: Ron Underwood
Creators: Gail Katz, Gary Stutman, Jackie Rubin, Lawrence Konner, Mark Rosenthal, Merian C. Cooper, Ruth Rose
Genres: Action & Adventure, Comedy, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Comedy, Adventure, 7-9 Years, 10-12 Years, Family Films, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Letterboxed - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 03/23/1999
Original Release Date: 12/25/1998
Theatrical Release Date: 12/25/1998
Release Year: 1999
Run Time: 1hr 54min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Letterboxed
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 4
MPAA Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English

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Member Movie Reviews

JEANNA A. (gina) from BONHAM, TX
Reviewed on 2/13/2013...
Very cute film. I always enjoy Charlize Theron, and the ape is a big hit.
Catey D. from LONGVIEW, TX
Reviewed on 3/9/2010...
Cute family film! The gorilla might scare younger kids but very good for families.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Aimee M. (AimeeM)
Reviewed on 2/5/2008...
This is a cute movie. Not as "King Kong" like as you would think.

Parents should be aware that at the beginning the girl's mother is shot. So it might be a little too sad for some kids. (Think Bambi and you've basically got it)

Other than that, I do enjoy this movie from time to time.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

MIGHTY Family fun
K. Fontenot | The Bayou State | 11/11/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)

"A feel good story for the whole family, don't expect "Mighty Joe Young" to knock you off your feet. Instead, watch it for the good "Beauty and the Beast" storyline that is well outlined for any age group to watch.
There is some violence in this movie, and smaller children may be frightened by "Joe" at first, but if they can control themselves through the first few minutes, they'll fall in love with him. There is very little, if any, foul language.
The story is simple: Girl and giant ape are moved to the city, girl and giant ape want out, man in love with girl helps, everyone ends up happy.
If you're interested, "Joe" looks fairly realistic, especially for the time this flick was made.
Overall, a good family show that all can watch. I highly recommend it for its entertainment value."
Who Needs King Kong?
Lee Neville | London, ENGLAND | 09/17/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Jill Young's mother is killed by a poacher while trying to protect a baby Gorilla named Joe who is rather big for his age. Jill grows up with the giant Gorilla and takes care of him in honor of her mother. Unfortunately poachers are always on the lookout for the giant gorilla, and so Jill and Joe have to relocate to a mini-preserve in California. Unfortunately the poacher that killed Jill's mother is out for revenge since Joe bit off his finger during the original encounter, and now it seems nowhere is safe for Joe.

What a beautiful movie! Charlize Theron brings real heart to her character and it is her love for Joe as part of her family that makes this a movie to believe in. Bill Paxton does a fine job as the male lead, and they are well supported by great characters and actors (Regina King among them). Also watch out for Naveen Andrews who currently appears in the television series "Lost". The movie is extremely well directed by Ron Underwood, and the beautiful score by James Horner adds the movie's soul to Charlize Theron's heart.

The picture quality on the DVD is good, thanks in part to the amazing cinematography, and the film is in a nicely balanced Dolby Digital 5.1. This movie is a rare gem. So yes it is a remake to the original Mighty Joe Young, and yes we have a new King Kong movie coming up, thus making this a bit of a middle child. Still, once you've seen it, you'll see how wonderful it is. Who needs King Kong? Who needs the original Mighty Joe Young? Hell, who needs Planet Of The Apes? This movie has real heart and soul, once more I credit Charlize Theron and James Horner for that. It won me over. I hope it does you too."
Best Bresson Movie Not Made By Bresson
Kevin Killian | San Francisco, CA United States | 06/16/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Surprised this picture didn't do better at the box office. After making the dreadful Hearts and Souls (with Alfre Woodard, trying to out-do GHOST) and Speechless (the romantic comedy which killed the careers of both its stars, Geena Davis and Michael Keaton) director Ron Underwood bounced back with this inventive, lively remake of an earlier 1949 movie.

It should have made Charlize Theron, who plays Jill Young, a big, big star, but instead, Charlize had to bumble on for a few more years before winning an Oscar.

James Horner's music outdoes his heart-wrenching symphonic themes for TITANIC, BRAVEHEART, and THE ROCKETEER, with a touch of African percussion and wood and wind instruments that bring the plains of Africa into mind whenever you hear them. Charlize has a lovely song, "Wind Song," sort of a lullaby for Mighty Joe, that should have been a hit on the scale of "MY HEART WILL GO ON." But somehow people just weren't interested in this picture. Maybe the forthcoming remake of KING KONG by Peter Jackson will have better luck with audiences. It will have more publicity, for sure, for I don't think the studio was really behind Ron Underwood to the same degree that New Line supports Jackson.

What a cast! Beyond Charlize and Bill Paxton, the movie also features Naveem Andrews (who plays Sayid on ABC's LOST) in a rather comic role, and also everyone's favorite REGINA KING from RAY.

If you liked AU HASARD BALTHAZAR by Robert Bresson, you will also enjoy MIGHTY JOE YOUNG the remake."