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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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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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Buller
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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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Adventure | Drama

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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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(Eastmancolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Director Hugh Hudson was required to film Eric Langlois in such a way that he appeared less frequently nude than Danny Potts did. Nevertheless, there is one full frontal close up of Langlois. See more »

Goofs

When the Ape in the tree is shot in the chest, the bullet wound almost touches its left nipple, and sprays blood across a large area of the chest. The ape then falls, lands face down, and is turned over, Tarzan picks the dead animal up and carries it. The wound on the ape has moved several inches lower and at an angle to where it was last, and the blood spray has vanished. See more »

Quotes

John Clayton: Half of me is the Earl of Greystoke...
John Clayton: the other half is WILD!
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Connections

Referenced in DuckTales: Jungle Duck (1987) See more »

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Salut d'Amour
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Music by Edward Elgar (as Sir Edward Elgar)
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Hugh Hudson creates a thoughtful and sober look at the legend.
4 May 2007 | by (Central City, Kentucky) – See all my reviews

Beautifully filmed, acclaimed director Hugh Hudson (Chariots of Fire) creates a story that brings the entire legend of John Clayton, Lord Greystoke and Tarzan of the apes to life with reverence and dignity, and with a scope not heretofore seen in Tarzan films. Christopher Lambert makes his starring debut as the young Lord, raised in the wild by a female gorilla after his parents die in Africa. Later returned to what is to him an alien world, that of class and privilege, he feels totally out of place. Once he learns what has happened to the apes that raised him and their world he realizes that he must go back. A sad but triumphant story told against a background of fantastic vistas. This is one of those films that is a must for every Cinemaphile's collection.


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