The story of Captain Richard Francis Burton's and Lt. John Hanning Speke's expedition to find the source of the Nile river in the name of Queen Victoria's British Empire. The film tells the story of their meeting, their friendship emerging amidst hardship, and then dissolving after their journey.

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  1. William Harrison

    Novel, Screenplay

  2. Bob Rafelson

    Director, Screenplay

Top Billed Cast

  1. Patrick Bergin

    Patrick Bergin

    Richard Francis Burton

  2. Richard E. Grant

    Richard E. Grant

    Larry Oliphant

  3. John Savident

    John Savident

    Lord Murchison

  4. Bernard Hill

    Bernard Hill

    Dr. David Livingstone

  5. Iain Glen

    Iain Glen

    John Hanning Speke

  6. Fiona Shaw

    Fiona Shaw

    Isabel Arundell

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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 2h 16m

Budget -

Revenue -

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Release Information

  • February 16, 1990
    R, Theatrical



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