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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.



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Complete credited cast:
Akushula Selayah ...
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Maxime Philoe ...
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Laurie Main ...
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Harold Ayer ...
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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 Anonymous

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


Adventure | Drama


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Release Date:

24 July 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Tarzan, the Ape Man - Me Jane  »

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Box Office


$6,500,000 (estimated)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


This movie was made and released about two and a half years before Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (1984). See more »


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


Jane: Don't you know how to smile? Do you know you're more beautiful than any girl I know? Oh, you're a lot more.
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Crazy Credits

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

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You Tarzan, me...necked most of the time!!!
6 February 1999 | by (Honolulu, Hawaii) – See all my reviews

When I was a teen-ager seeing this film for the first time, I thought it was one of the best movies ever made. Of course, the reason for that is Bo Derek and her various states of undress in this film. However, now that I'm older, I can honestly say that this film is awful. Mind you, Bo Derek is absolutely incredibly beautiful, and she and husband-director John Derek make sure you see plenty of her. But when you take that aspect out of the film, it becomes one big dull ride. And Tarzan, well, he's all muscular like you think he should be, but when he sees Jane (that's Bo, of course) for the first time, he doesn't know what to think. This despite the fact that Bo is wearing a wet see-thru shirt, with her breast prominently displayed. Tarzan would be the only primitive man on the planet who would have that problem. If you are looking for a movie to slobber over a beautiful naked body, then this might fill the ticket. If you are looking for a thoughtful, entertaining and worth-while film, go elsewhere...almost anywhere else at that!!!

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