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Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (1984)

A shipping disaster in the 19th Century has stranded a man and woman in the wilds of Africa. The lady is pregnant, and gives birth to a son in their tree house. The mother dies soon after. ... See full summary »

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Lord Charles Esker
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Jeffson Brown
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Major Jack Downing
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Sir Hugh Belcher
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Captain Billings
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Willy
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Sir Evelyn Blount
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A shipping disaster in the 19th Century has stranded a man and woman in the wilds of Africa. The lady is pregnant, and gives birth to a son in their tree house. The mother dies soon after. An ape enters the house and kills the father, and a female ape takes the tiny boy as a replacement for her own dead infant, and raises him as her son. Twenty years later, Captaine Phillippe D'Arnot discovers the man who thinks he is an ape. Evidence in the tree house leads him to believe that he is the direct descendant of the Earl of Greystoke, and thus takes it upon himself to return the man to civilization. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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Release Date:

30 March 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Greystoke, la leyenda de Tarzán, el rey de los monos  »

Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$45,900,000 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Writer Robert Towne was credited for his writing contribution under the name of his sheepdog, P.H. Vazak, reportedly because he was dissatisfied with the rewrite of his script by Hugh Hudson. This meant that when the screenplay received an Oscar nomination for Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium, Towne's dog was actually nominated for an Academy Award. See more »

Goofs

When D'Arnot sharpens his straight razor before shaving Tarzan for the first time, a close-up of his hands shows him repeatedly flipping the straight razor the wrong way across the leather strop, blunting the blade. A 19th Century gentleman explorer of the would never make such a mistake. See more »

Quotes

Capitaine Phillippe D'Arnot: Mother. Father. Family.
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Version of Tarzan in Manhattan (1989) See more »

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Auprès de ma blonde
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I HAVE SEEN ALL THE VERSIONS. THIS ONE WOULD DO BURROUGHS PROUD!
3 November 2001 | by (BALTIMORE, MD) – See all my reviews

I have lived long enough to have seen all the Tarzan movies from Elmo Lincoln to Chris Lambert, and believe me, this one was like watching the pages of ERB's novel come to life on the screen. Rarely does Hollywood stick to a novel when they adapt it for film, but this one did. And all the former comments failed to applaud the primate sequences for their realistic performances. The sequences where Graystoke takes his ape mother, later Lord Greystoke and ape father's hand on his head to try and see if their is still life in them, was a primitive act of real Gorillas that was in the original novel - but never used in the other Tarzan films. A wonderful film and a very good performance by Sir Ralph Richardson, which was his final one.

Babe Hardy














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