Mighty Joe Young (1998, fantasy and thriller)

Jill Young (Charlize Theron) is a primatologist who has devoted her life to protecting Joe, a very unusual gorilla she and her mother (Linda Purl) discovered as a bouncing baby in a remote jungle. The beginning of the film shows how the jungle isn't quite remote enough when a sadistic poacher (Rade Sherbedgia) orphans both Joe and the young girl on the same terrible night - it's her mother's dying wish that Jill protect the simian. Eventually, the pair wind up in Hollywood and on the run from said poacher. This is a remake of a 1949 film.

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