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Tarzan the Ape Man -- The Tarzan story from Jane's point of view. Jane Parker visits her father in Africa where she joins him on an expedition...


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Tom Rowe (screenplay) and
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Release Date:
24 July 1981 (USA) See more »
The most beautiful woman of our time in the most erotic adventure of all time. See more »
While on an African expedition with her father, Jane Parker meets Tarzan, and the two become fascinated by each other. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
2 wins & 9 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Bo Derek ... Jane Parker

Richard Harris ... James Parker

John Phillip Law ... Harry Holt

Miles O'Keeffe ... Tarzan
Akushula Selayah ... Africa
Steve Strong ... Ivory King
Maxime Philoe ... Riano
Leonard Bailey ... Feathers

Wilfrid Hyde-White ... Club Member (voice)

Laurie Main ... Club Member (voice)
Harold Ayer ... Club Member (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
C.J. the Orangutan ... Orangutan (uncredited)

Tony Longo ... Stunts (uncredited)
Zamba ... Lion (uncredited)

Directed by
John Derek 
Writing credits
Tom Rowe (screenplay)

Edgar Rice Burroughs  characters
Gary Goddard 

Produced by
Bo Derek .... producer
Original Music by
Perry Botkin Jr.  (as Perry Botkin)
Cinematography by
John Derek 
Film Editing by
Jimmy Ling  (as James B. Ling)
Art Direction by
Alan Roderick-Jones 
Costume Design by
Patricia Edwards 
Makeup Department
Norma Collins .... hair stylist
Production Management
Eva Chun .... production manager
Jack Oliver .... unit production manager
Tom Shaw .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael David Lally .... first assistant director (as Michael Lally)
Jack Oliver .... first assistant director
D.B. 'Warner' Warnasiri .... assistant director: Sri Lanka (as Warner Warnasiri)
Art Department
Frank Frazetta .... artist: Svengali card
Tommy Tomlinson .... property master
J.A. Vincent .... assistant art director: Sri Lanka
Sound Department
Pamela Bentkowski .... sound editor
Allan Bromberg .... sound editor (as Alan Bromberg)
Jack Cheap .... sound editor
David B. Cohn .... sound editor (as David S. Cohn)
Virginia Cook-McGowan .... sound editor (as Gini Cook)
Ken Dufva .... foley artist
David Lee Fein .... foley artist (as David Fein)
Robert Glass .... re-recording mixer
Robert Knudson .... re-recording mixer (as Robert 'Buzz' Knudson)
Don MacDougall .... re-recording mixer
Keith Olson .... foley artist
Charles Randall .... boom operator
William Randall .... sound mixer
Norman B. Schwartz .... supervising dialogue editor
Donald L. Warner Jr. .... supervising sound editor (as Don Warner)
Robert Waxman .... sound editor
Visual Effects by
Bobbie Johnson .... optical supervisor
Jock Mahoney .... stunt coordinator (as Jack O'Mahoney)
Camera and Electrical Department
Mike Bartlett .... first assistant camera
Armando Contreras .... key grip
Somapala Dharmapriya .... camera operator: Sri Lanka
Wolfgang Dickmann .... camera associate
Allan Goodchild .... second assistant camera
John Harnish .... gaffer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Errol Kelly .... costumer
Editorial Department
John A. Amicarella .... assistant editor
Kevin Krasny .... assistant editor (as Kevin A. Kresny)
Edward A. Warschilka .... supervising assistant editor (as Edward A. Warchilka Jr.)
Janet Barbara Weiss .... assistant editor
Randee Lynne Jensen .... post-production coordinator (uncredited)
Music Department
Daniel Allan Carlin .... music consultant (as Dan Carlin Jr.)
James Harbert .... orchestrator
Harry V. Lojewski .... music supervisor
Curt Sobel .... music editor
Bill Stafford .... orchestrator
Armin Steiner .... music recording engineer
Other crew
Eva Chun .... production executive
Linda Kemp .... script supervisor
Burke Mattsson .... title designer
James L. Michaelson .... title art
Allan Placko .... technical advisor: mountain climbing
Paul 'Sled' Reynolds .... head animal trainer
Ralph Helfer .... animal supervisor: Gentle Jungle [us] (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Tarzan, the Ape Man" - USA (closing credits title)
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107 min
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Canada:PG (Manitoba) | Canada:A (Nova Scotia) | Canada:R (Ontario) | Finland:K-12 (cut) (1981) | Iceland:L | Netherlands:12 | Norway:12 | Sweden:15 | UK:AA (original rating) | UK:15 (video) | USA:R (certificate #26373) | West Germany:12
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Did You Know?

This movie is a departure from preceding "Tarzan" pictures, in that the film's major subject focuses on Jane, rather than Tarzan as the central character.See more »
Factual errors: There are no wild Orangutans in Africa. They are native to Borneo and Sumatra.See more »
Parker:Jane, do you know what he wants? What this ape wants?
Jane:He's not an ape!
Parker:He is an ape. He lives like an ape, he kills like an ape. But do you understand what he wants?
Jane:You know everything...
Parker:Well, this ape son of a bitch wants you.
Parker:I'm gonna catch that animal son of a bitch, Mr Holt!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) (TV)See more »


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16 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Who looks better naked than Bo?, 24 September 1999
Author: SanDiego

Wonderful action-packed adventure full of delightful campy humor, sexy romance, and Oscar-caliber performances...HA! HA! had you going there didn't I? Come on folks! This is a Bo Derek film...Bo Bo Bolero Bo. The only reason to see one of her soft-core nudie romps is to see her romp nudie. John should have shot it as an X-rated film. Bo can't act, but she's always cute (and when isn't a perfect 10 worth watching?) For extra fun try a double feature with Tanya Roberts' "Sheena: Queen of the Jungle."

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