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The Monkey Mission (1981)

TV Movie  -   -  Crime | Drama  -  23 March 1981 (USA)
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Second (out of three) made-for-TV Joe Dancer movie has the hard-boiled private eye teaming up with a chimpanzee, named Gregor, and the trainer Jimmy Papadopolous, who happens to be an ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Dancer
Jimmy Papadopolous
Sondra Blake ...
Stump Harris
Keyes (as Mitch Ryan)
Logan Ramsey ...
Museum Curator
Elizabeth Halliday ...
Jennifer Athens
Laura Jacoby ...
Charlie's Niece
Andy Wood ...
Norman Rice
Cicely Walper
Ted Noose


Second (out of three) made-for-TV Joe Dancer movie has the hard-boiled private eye teaming up with a chimpanzee, named Gregor, and the trainer Jimmy Papadopolous, who happens to be an expert sneak thief, against an electronics genisus of questionable reputs, named Stump Harris, to steal back a priceless vace looted from a family collection during World War II. Written by Anonymous

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23 March 1981 (USA)  »

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Le vol du singe  »

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The last film project of Alan Napier. See more »

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my funky vision of the monkey mission!
20 November 2008 | by (seattle) – See all my reviews

I love this movie! This is one of the best of all the monkey/buddy movies and TV shows that proliferated around the turn of the 80's. These include "BJ and the Bear", "Every Which Way but Loose" and its vastly superiour sequel "Every Which Way you Can" (for which Eastwood was robbed of his Best Actor Award by Robert Bulloney's Raging DeNiro), "Goin' Ape", "Goin' Bananas" and "On Golden Pond." Most of the scenes of Gregor were filmed using Coco, the veteran chimanzee actor, who of course stole the show. HOwever some of the more complicated stunts were actually performed by a little known stunt double named Jan Medlock, playing Gregor in a ape costume. This is particularly evident in the tightrope scene, where Gregor and Mr. Carlton do the little dance and shakes their butts all over the place. Its so funny because its true! I think everyone should go out and buy a copy of the monkey mission today!

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