But mountains of the moon is an epic in the positive sense of the word the cast is uniformally good a lot has already been written in this forum by others about the leads so i wont say anymore supporting player delroy lindo sometimes steals the show with his excellent role as the expeditions african guide. Mountains of the moon latin montes lunae arabic jabal al qamar or jibbel el kumri is an ancient term referring to a legendary mountain or mountain range in east africa at the source of the nile rivervarious identifications have been made in modern times the rwenzori mountains of uganda being the most celebrated. Mountains of the moon is a 1990 rankcolor theatrical film depicting the 1857 58 journey of richard francis burton and john hanning speke in their expedition to central africa the project that culminated in spekes discovery of the source of the nile river the expedition led to a bitter rivalry between the two men. Director bob rafelson fulfilled a lifelong dream when he finally received backing to complete mountains of the moon the film recreates the exploratory adventures of 19th century visionaries sir . Mountains of the moon follows in the tradition of epics like lawrence of arabia telling the story of larger than life characters in hostile environments burton was a true renaissance man geographer ethnographer sexologist linguist journalist his extensive journals provide much of the background narrative of the film
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