Oh, the mysteries of the Hollywood production process, whereby a contemplative novel about a philosophical gorilla musing on man's relationship to the natural world (Daniel Quinn's award-winning Ishmael
) becomes a movie about a mute primatologist in
a snakepit-like loony bin. Dr. Ethan Powell (Anthony Hopkins) was once a world renowned specialist in the study of apes, a man who regularly abandoned his family so he could study gorillas in the wild. Now he looks like Charles Manson and is shadowed by the rumor that he went wacko in the Rwandan
jungle where he was actually living
with gorillas. Convicted of murder, Powell has been extradited to the US so...