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Tarzan the Ape Man (1981)

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While on an African expedition with her father, Jane Parker meets Tarzan, and the two become fascinated by each other.

Director:

John Derek

Writers:

Tom Rowe (screenplay), Edgar Rice Burroughs (characters) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bo Derek ... Jane Parker
Richard Harris ... James Parker
John Phillip Law ... Harry Holt
Miles O'Keeffe ... Tarzan
Akushula Selayah Akushula Selayah ... Africa
Steve Strong Steve Strong ... Ivory King
Maxime Philoe Maxime Philoe ... Riano
Leonard Bailey Leonard Bailey ... Feathers
Wilfrid Hyde-White ... Club Member (voice)
Laurie Main ... Club Member (voice)
Harold Ayer ... Club Member (voice)
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Storyline

The Tarzan story from Jane's point of view. Jane Parker visits her father in Africa where she joins him on an expedition. A couple of brief encounters with Tarzan establish a (sexual) bond between her and Tarzan. When the expedition is captured by savages, Tarzan comes to the rescue. Written by Anonymous

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Unlike any other "Tarzan" you've ever seen! See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 July 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tarzan, the Ape Man - Me Jane See more »

Filming Locations:

Seychelles See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$36,565,280

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$36,565,280
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The only R-rated Tarzan film. The film before this, Tarzan's Deadly Silence (1970), a compilation of Ron Ely television episodes, received a G-rating. Despite the vast number of Tarzan films made over the years, most of them came out before the MPAA code was created in 1968. Later films, such as Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (1984) and Tarzan and the Lost City (1998), received a PG. See more »

Goofs

When Jane fights the snake in the river, it changes from a reticulated python to a Burmese python and back several times. See more »

Quotes

Parker: How much do you hate me?
Jane: I think, so very, very much.
Parker: Hate is a very strong emotion. It can drain one.
Jane: I know.
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Crazy Credits

On the MGM logo the MGM lion's roar is replaced with Tarzan's yell. See more »

Alternate Versions

CBS edited 17 minutes from this film for its 1983 network television premiere. See more »

Connections

Follows Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle (1976) See more »

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This ain't Johnny Weissmuller's Tarzan!
23 November 2017 | by a_chinnSee all my reviews

Edgar Rice Burroughs is reduced to softcore porn. Instead of this being a story about a man who was raised by apes, it's a story about the sexual awakening of Jane, and it's a ludicrously awful awakening. "Tarzan the Ape Man" is so awful that it does achieve Ed Wood/Showgirls levels of so-bad-it's-good, which makes this film essential viewing for fans of bad cinema. Pretty, but talentless Bo Derek plays Jane. High points of camp include Tarzan pawing at Jane in a very odd early courtship scene. Aother scene has Tarzan rescuing Jane from a tribe of natives who roughly wash her and then cover her in mud, which I'm assuming director John Derek (Bo's husband) meant to be erotic. Oh, and over the end credits, Bo is pawed by a real ape, an orangutan, which I'm hoping was some sort of nod to the 70s/80s ape cycle of comedies (i.e "Every Which Way But Loose," "Going Ape," "BJ and the Bear," etc.). These scenes were all likely intended to be titillating, but similarly to "Showgirl," they are anything but. Overall, "Tarzan the Ape Man" is about as bad a film as can be made (I hope Richard Harris was paid handsomely for appearing), but it's sooooooooo bad, that it's absolutely worth watching, which is why I suppose Turner Classic Movies chose to air this unintentional laugh riot. FUN FACT! United Artists was sued by the Edgar Rice Burroughs estate over the film.


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