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Going Ape! (1981)

When his father - who owned a circus - dies, Foster inherits 5 million dollars - and 3 orangutans. However there's a condition connected to the money: if he gives away the orangutans or ... See full summary »
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Cast

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Foster
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Fiona
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Cynthia (as Stacey Nelkin)
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Lazlo
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Joey
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Bad Habit
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Brandon
Howard Mann ...
Jules Cohen
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Gridley
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Zebrewski
Jacquelyn Hyde ...
Zaida
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Goon #1
Bob Terhune ...
Goon #2
Jaye Durkus ...
Goon #3 (as Jay Durkus)
Angus Duncan ...
Farley
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When his father - who owned a circus - dies, Foster inherits 5 million dollars - and 3 orangutans. However there's a condition connected to the money: if he gives away the orangutans or just one gets sick or dies during the next 3 years, the zoological society will get all the money. So he not only has to deal with 3 apes and an annoyed girlfriend, but also with Laszlo, a kooky new roommate who came from the circus to help with the apes, a greedy zoological society's president, 3 bumbling henchmen and a cranky landlord. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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There were 3 conditions to the 5 million dollar inheritance, and they had to be bathed once a week.


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PG | See all certifications »
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10 April 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Affen, Gangster und Millionen  »

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

During a scene involving Frank Sivero's character and his mobster buddies, The Godfather theme is playing... Frank played Genco in The Godfather Part II. See more »

Goofs

The letter that Poppy is supposed to give Foster jumps from her right hand to her left. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Kicking and Screaming (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

THE GOLDEN VOYAGE THEME
By the writing and composing team of Robert Bearns and Ron Dexter
Courtesy of Awakening Productions
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Possibly the best movie ever!
16 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

It takes a special kind of person to care for three orangutans. When the added bonus is 5 million dollars, what more could you ask? This movie has everything! Action, comedy, romance, and, of course, orangutans.

Tony Danza is his usual self, moderately funny and passable as a leading man, but Danny DeVito as Laszlo steals the show every time he is on camera. The orangutans don't do too bad themselves. And the three bumbling goons - icing on the cake. Many may pass this gem by as stupid, but I feel it acts as a social commentary on man's relationship with beast, and is a true vision of how he treats himself, as orangutans are a very close relative genetically.

Rusty, Poppy, Teeger!! Three names that Hollywood may have forgotten, but the eternal movie gods never will.


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