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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
Miles O'Keeffe had never been out of his home country of the USA when he went to Sri Lanka to play Tarzan in this movie. See more »
There are no wild reticulated or Burmese pythons in Africa. See more »
Jane, do you know what he wants? What this ape wants?
He's not an ape!
He is an ape. He lives like an ape, he kills like an ape. But do you understand what he wants?
You know everything...
Well, this ape son of a bitch wants you.
I'm gonna catch that animal son of a bitch, Mr Holt!
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So, just how bad is the 1981 version of Tarzan the Ape Man? Everybody knows that it has a reputation as one of the very worst movies ever made, so when you sit down to watch it, you know it's going to be rubbish. The main element of fun is experiencing just how bad it really is. Can it really surpass Plan 9 From Outer Space? Is it as idiotic as Astro Zombies? Is it as boring as The Bible....in the Beginning? Is it as unitentionally funny as The Swarm? The answer is.... yes! This movie really is right down there with the worst twenty or so films ever made.
The story focuses more on Jane (the beautiful but talentless Bo Derek), who arrives in Africa to reunite with her tyrannical, boozy, abusive father (Richard Harris). During a jungle expedition, she goes missing and is rescued by ape man Tarzan (Miles O'Keefe), only to fall in love with him.
O'Keefe is unquestionably the worst Tarzan ever, and Derek is probably the worst Jane. Richard Harris's performance is energetic and entertaining, but why he bothered to put in such a lively performance is anybody's guess. It's certainly a wasted effort.
The backdrop is nicely photographed, but then again anyone can design a nice postcard. The characters moving around in front of the scenery are so banal and idiotic that the film fails on every level. The worst moment of all is the dreary slow-motion snake wrestling sequence. Bo Derek strips off regularly, and she looks stunning, but after seeing her tits five or six times, you start to get fed up even with that.
Miss this movie at all costs. Unless you want to compile a list of the worst films ever.... if that's your aim, then this is a must!
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