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4 December 1979 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order)
Koko ... Le Gorille
Penny Patterson ... Herself
Saul Kitchener ... Directeur du Zoo de San Francisco
Carl Pribram ... Le professeur de Neuroscience
Roger Fouts ... Le docteur en psychologie

Directed by
Barbet Schroeder 
Produced by
Dale Djerassi .... associate producer
Margaret Ménégoz .... producer
Barbet Schroeder .... associate producer
Original Music by
Guta Cattoni 
Maris Embiricos 
Cinematography by
Néstor Almendros 
Film Editing by
Dominique Auvray 
Denise de Casabianca 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Georges Csicsery .... assistant director
Sound Department
Lee Alexander .... sound
Jonathan Liebling .... foley artist
Camera and Electrical Department
Ned Burgess .... assistant camera
Leslie Otis .... camera operator
Hal Trussell .... gaffer
Editorial Department
Roselyne Petit .... assistant editor

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Also Known As:
"Koko, le gorille qui parle" - France (original title)
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85 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
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1.33 : 1 See more »
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Only three reviews so far!, 15 January 2010
Author: rowmorg from Eel Pie Island

It's extraordinary that a thought-provoking film like this can vanish so completely from public view that it prompts only three reviews on IMDb. Schroeder, a French film-maker, heard about the controversy over a "talking" gorilla that had become pawn in a struggle between academia and the comparatively stupid zoological garden industry. He hurried to San Francisco and managed to get interesting film of Dr Jenny Patterson turning her adopted pet into a performing dog-ape. Thirty years later, she is still at it with Koko, and no one could call her a quitter. Meanwhile, Koko remains obstinately at a mental age of about three, just a little bit better than the age-two of the typical hound. Nevertheless, the film is a tantalising glimpse of the past of our own species, and the film initiates an ongoing discussion about the 'human' rights of animals, one that becomes increasingly urgent as the great apes, big cats, etc., approach complete extermination by mankind.

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