Synopsis: A megalomaniac C.E.O. sends his son into the dangerous African Congo on a quest for a source of diamonds large enough and pure enough to function as powerful laser communications transmitters (or is it laser weapons?). When contact is lost with his son and the team, his sometime daughter- in-law is sent after them. She is a former CIA operative and, accompanied by gee-whiz gadgetry and a few eccentric characters (including a mercenary, a researcher with a talking gorilla, and a a nutty Indiana-Jones-type looking for King Solomon's Mines), sets out to rescue her former fiancé. What they all discover is that often what we most want turns out to be the source of our downfall.
Director(s): Frank Marshall
Production: Paramount Home Video
  2 wins & 11 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
109 min


Dr. Ross, we've got

satellite from the Congo.

- What did he say, Rudy?

- I can't repeat it here.

- It's Charles.

- It's Charles.

- It won't work.

- He changed the code?

The old man's got me changing it

every three hours.

- Rudy, Rudy, Rudy, Rudy.

- Very inventive.

Just in time.

We should have a visual momentarily.

- They said they found it.

- You're kidding.

Seven volcanoes, and he picks the right

one. His luck's finally changed.

- Karen.

- I read you, Charles. And I see you.

Well, eureka and all that.

I found the bloody thing.

- What was that?

- The usual.

This whole place does the shimmy.

- How's the volcano?

- Acting very much like a volcano...

thank you very much.

They tell me it's fine,

but I wouldn't build condominiums.

Charles, did you really find it?

Chemically flawless,

blue diamond alluvia.

Johnny-on-the-spot phasic laser.

This will look kind of raw

without a real diamond.

Would you say that test

came back positive?

Oh, my God.

We found the sand in a mineral stream.

Jeffrey's searching for the source.

- I'll get Travis.

- Wait. Jeffrey should share the glory.

- Let's link up again in, uh, one hour.

- Great.

- See you in an hour.

- Give me your coordinates.

Char...? Charles...?

- Jeffrey.

- Charlie, over here.

Charlie, I think this

may be really something.

- We haven't got much time.

- I'll show you.

Jump in.

- What?

- I'll go first.

I Jeffrey!

I Jeffrey!

- What is this?

- Come on.

From below it just looks like jungle,

but it's not just jungle. See?

Jesus Christ.

This is a big deal.

This is a big find.

I can't believe it's just sitting here.

All these centuries, waiting for lucky us.

Listen, I raised Houston,

they're getting the old man.

Come on camera and share the glory.

- We'll have to get another team here.

- All right. Let me grab my bag.

- Perfect, you say? A flawless diamond?

- He found it. He was right.

With the right laser and diamonds...

we can dominate

the communications industry over night.

Has he found the source?

Charles says a laser with a diamond

like that can punch a hole in the moon.

Shh. Don't say any more out here.

Come on, Jeffrey. Jeffrey!

Come on, we're supposed to transmit

in 10 minutes.

Now you're throwing stuff at me?

- Where is he?

- I don't know.

- He should have transmitted 10 minutes ago.

- Ugh.

- Activate the remote.

- Yes, sir.

- I guess he's still looking for Jeffrey.

- Hmm. Pan the camera.

What in God's name...?

Lock your remote. Back scan.

Give me thermal readout.

- I can see seven dead people.

- What's that sound?

- I didn't see him. Charles!

- What?

- I'll get help.

- You can't get out. I had the code changed.

Well, what is it?


- Sir?

- Use the fire extinguisher on that.

- What's the code, sir?

- Do what I say!

- No one knows this happened but us.

- Families have to be be notified. Your wife.

We don't know he's dead.

If it's reported, they'll close the border.

- What was that thing?

- Uh, baboon.

- I thought it was a gorilla, but I've never...

- Gorillas didn't kill. Gorillas don't do that.

- It could have been locals, a rival company.

- Not another paranoid fantasy.

I need those diamonds, Dr. Ross!

- Are you for real?

- It's the future.

- Most believe children are the future.

- 40,000 people, they all depend on me.

This satellite is our cash cow.

In three years it'll be obsolete. I need

a new cash machine. This diamond's it!

- Charles knew it. That's why he went.

- He went into the Congo to please you.

- I know you had feelings for him.

- I almost married him.

Listen to me, talking like he's...

You have to go down there, Dr. Ross.

You're good in the field. You were

good in Panama. Once you're local...

that laser's power pack

should give off a readable signal.

Find some expedition that's already going.

Take it over.

What are you talking about?

There's no time! Once we let out what's

happened, Zaire will shut the border.

- By the time the investigation's...

- Are you human?

I'll be human later. Hire people

when you get there. Good people.

Never mind, I'll have some waiting.

- Find out what happened to Charles.

- Tell me you love your son.

- I do.

- And that's why you're sending me.

It is.

All right. But if I have one moment when

I think otherwise, I'll make you sorry.

That's a promise.

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taking you back in time, all the time.


a crazy little shack

Wow. Isn't that beautiful?

What's Amy's favorite color?

Green, that's right.

How green was my valley... Drop that!

Good. Pretty. So pretty.

No, Amy, on the paper. Yeah, okay, good.

Amy, get some more paint.

Good. That's green.

No, Amy, on the paper.

On... On the paper.

Good. That's good.

Good girl. Such a pretty girl.

That's your lovey. That's your lovey.

Amy! Hey, you!

- How did she sleep?

- Great night.

- No nightmares?

- Not a one.

Good girl.

That's my Amy.

Richard, you better clean her up.

It's showtime.

When we started out, it was so simple.

Communication is what separated

human from animal. Speech.

And for those humans who had

am impairment that inhibited speech...

sign language. An alphabet in gestures.

Words in motion. Then came virtual reality.

Sensors worn like clothing could read

and replicate the body's movements.

Arliss Wender at MIT was the first to

apply this technology to sign language.

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John Patrick Shanley

John Patrick Shanley is an American playwright, screenwriter, and theatre and film director. His play Doubt: A Parable won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama as well as the 2005 Tony Award for Best Play. more…

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