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Directed by John Turteltaub, and featuring an all star cast, Instinct was released in 1999. The film is inspired by ideas suggested in Ishmael by Daniel Quinn. Academy Award winner Anthony Hopkins plays Dr. Ethan Powell, a primatologist turned murderer, while Gooding plays Theo Caulder, a young psychiatrist who must unlock the secrets in Powell's mind and unravel the mysteries behind his unusual killings. As the truth comes to light, we learn about how Dr. Powell had become estranged from his family only to take solace in a family of a different kind in the wild. In the process, both men take a journey of self-discovery, not unlike the one taken by millions of Ishmael readers.
Instinct - A Major Motion Picture Starring Anthony Hopkins and Cuba Gooding, Jr.
and Inspired by Ishmael
Learn more at the IMDB page for the movie Instinct. Read Daniel Quinn's feelings on the film Instinct and his view of the common elements of the movie and his book.
Learn more about films & video inspired by Ishmael and Daniel Quinn.