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Instinct [DVD] [1999]

  • SKU: 3779557
  • Release Date: 11/16/1999
  • Rating: R
Despite a cast led by Oscar-winners Anthony Hopkins and Cuba Gooding Jr., neither critics nor the public took to the strange prison drama Instinct, and it seems Touchstone also has little affection for the film, judging by this weak DVD. The letterboxed picture is okay and the Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound does at least make the most of the reasonably dramatic soundtrack. However, the only special feature is the film's original theatrical trailer, which is scarcely an adequate selling point for a film that so utterly failed to capture public imagination. At the very least there could have been some production notes and biographies of the stars. As it is, even fans of the two leads will find little to recommend this bare-bones DVD.

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    Ratings & Reviews

    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (4 out of 4)

    Special Features

    • Theatrical trailer
    • French language track
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 audio
    • Widescreen [2.35:1]


    A man who leaves humanity behind to live with animals returns to society under unpleasant circumstances, but with valuable lessons about human and animal relationships. Anthony Hopkins stars as Ethan Powell, a noted anthropologist studying the behavior of mountain gorillas in Rwanda. The longer Powell follows the apes, the more he comes to admire their simple but peaceful society. He begins to spend most of his time with the apes until one day he ventures into the jungle and doesn't return. Powell throws in his lot with the gorillas and lives among them as primitive man once lived in the wild with animals. However, two years later, poachers kill several of the gorillas, and Powell flies into a murderous rage, killing two of the men who attacked his friends. Extradited to the United States, Powell is sent to a grim maximum-security prison in Florida, where he will be held while awaiting trail. A psychological evaluation must be performed on Powell, and the task falls to Theo Caulder (Cuba Gooding Jr.), an ambitious young psychiatrist who sees this as a case with the potential to make him famous. However, since Powell initially won't speak to anyone, getting through to him will be a challenge, and Powell's daughter Lyn (Maura Tierney) has little insight on the father she barely knew. As Caulder slowly builds a rapport with Powell, he comes to realize what Powell has learned from his experience with the gorillas -- and how much Powell can teach him about living with others. Loosely adapted from the novel Ishmael by Daniel Quinn, Instinct also features supporting performances from Donald Sutherland and George Dzundza. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Anthony Hopkins
      Anthony Hopkins - Dr. Ethan Powell
    • Cuba Gooding, Jr.
      Cuba Gooding, Jr. - Dr. Theo Caulder
    • Donald Sutherland
      Donald Sutherland - Ben Hillard
    • Maura Tierney
      Maura Tierney - Lyn Powell
    • George Dzundza
      George Dzundza - Dr. John Murray

    Customer rating

    Rating 4.3 out of 5 stars with 4 reviews

    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Definately a must see!


      If you are a Anthony Hopkins fan, as I am, this movie does not disappoint. It has a good dramatic plot line . I have already owned this on VHS, and wanted to make sure and upgrade it to DVD, so it would stay relevant, since it is a good movie and one I want to keep in my collection.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Everybody should watch this!!!


      this was a powerful film! Everybody goes outside today!!!! Cuba is a power actor. a very unique talent! a must watch film!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Interesting but nothing to cheer over.

      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Seems like a lighter version of Hannibal. Cuba Gooding does a nice job of acting.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Very good

      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      This movie is a good movie defenelly have to see it

      I would recommend this to a friend

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