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Nature: Koko - A Conversation With Koko
Nature Koko - A Conversation With Koko
Actors: F. Murray Abraham, Paul Christie, Howard McGillin, Peter Coyote, Jay O. Sanders
Director: Nigel Cole
Genres: Kids & Family, Television, Educational, Documentary
NR     2004     1hr 0min

This program doesn't just talk with an ape, it carries on an intimate, decades-long dialogue with her. The story documents the incredible development of a gorilla named Koko, whose learning of American Sign Language (and u...  more »

     
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Actors: F. Murray Abraham, Paul Christie, Howard McGillin, Peter Coyote, Jay O. Sanders
Director: Nigel Cole
Creators: Suzanne Weinert, Mark Hobson
Genres: Kids & Family, Television, Educational, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Family Films, Television, Educational, Documentary
Studio: Questar
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 04/27/2004
Original Release Date: 10/10/1982
Theatrical Release Date: 10/10/1982
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 1hr 0min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 4
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

500 pound gorilla in the room
simpcity | 04/15/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"What a heartbreaker this segment of Nature becomes.

Koko is, of course, the first talking (or signing) gorilla. She was later joined by Michael (who also learned to sign), and they became as brother and sister.

Michael is the dark and silent type. One day, in true Real World fashion, he signs us his dark secret. As a young child, he witnessed the capture and slaughter of his mother for bush meat. He survives the slaughter as a pet, but he is traumatized for life.

This DVD broke my heart twice - once while watching, and then again when I heard the news in April 2000 of Michael's sudden death from heart attack (or, rather, broken heart as we know it must have been). Gets 10 stars in my book - five for Koko and five for Michael."
Koko
M. J. Raisor | USA | 11/09/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I showed this to my cultural anthropology class as an introduction to language. They loved it. It gave them a whole different perspective on primate behavior and intelligence."
Interesting and endearing
P. Gaudry | 05/12/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I really enjoyed this short film about Koko. It was amazing to see what this gorilla can express! It definitely sparked an interest for me to pursue some of the other films about her."