Watch: Mountains of the Moon 1990 123movies, Full Movie Online – The story of Captain Richard Francis Burton and Lt. John Hanning Speke’s expedition to find the source of the Nile river in the name of Queen Victoria’s British Empire. The film tells the story of their meeting, their friendship emerging amidst hardship, and then dissolving after their journey..
Plot: The story of Captain Richard Francis Burton’s and Lt. John Hanning Speke’s expedition to find the source of the Nile river in the name of Queen Victoria’s British Empire. The film tells the story of their meeting, their friendship emerging amidst hardship, and then dissolving after their journey.
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It’s 1854. Entitled aristocratic John Hanning Speke (Iain Glen) arrives on the East African Coast on leave from the Army. He recruits Captain Richard Francis Burton (Patrick Bergin) on a journey to find the source of the Nile. Burton is an expert on natives. They call the location Mountains of the Moon. The expedition is soon attacked by a local tribe. Burton and Speke barely escape. Back in England, Burton is organizing a new expedition with the Royal Geographical Society. Isabel Arundell is a well-read spinster and completely taken with Burton. With Speke at his side, Burton returns to Africa to lead a grand expedition following Arab slave trade routes into the interior. They rescue escaped slave Mabruki (Delroy Lindo) from the lions.
It is an epic Victorian adventure. It’s too bad that few saw it and it continues that few people knows about it. It is grand and a character study. The black Africans are not cartoon characters. One can compare it to Lawrence of Arabia. The cinematography is not quite as great but the story is every bit as compelling. This is an old fashion epic that is being made less and less. There is so much in this story. Surprisingly, the last half hour takes place in England. Changing tone from tense adventure in Africa to Academic back-fighting in London can be tough but the movie never stops being interesting.
Often Overlooked Masterpiece
A great story, beautifully filmed and acted about two Victorian era explorers. Irish-born Sir Richard Francis Burton, one of the greatest explorers in history, is in search of knowledge. English-born dilletante John Hanning Speke joins Burton’s quest in search of glory. Together they search for the answer to one of the most elusive geographical questions of their time – what is the Nile’s source? The film accurately shows how the Royal Geographical Society and other outside interests played Burton and Speke against each other for their own gain.
The film’s tagline really says it all: “Two strangers made friends by a savage world. Two friends made enemies by a civilized world.”
Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr 16 min (136 min)
Genre Adventure, Drama, History
Director Bob Rafelson
Writer William Harrison, Bob Rafelson
Actors Patrick Bergin, Iain Glen, Richard E. Grant
Country United States
Awards 1 win
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints), Dolby Stereo (35 mm prints)
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Arriflex 35 BL4, JDC Lenses
Laboratory Rank Film Laboratories, Denham, UK (color), Technicolor (prints)
Film Length 3,725 m
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm, 70 mm (blow-up)