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

A shipping disaster in the nineteenth 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 ... See full summary »

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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

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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
Hilton McRae ...
Willy
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Buller
Ravinder ...
Dean
John Wells ...
Sir Evelyn Blount
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Storyline

A shipping disaster in the nineteenth 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 afterwards. 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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A legendary hero - and the tale that's never been told! See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

30 March 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Greystoke  »

Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$45,900,000 (USA)
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(70 mm prints)| (35 mm prints)

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(Eastmancolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The filming conditions in Cameroon were so hot and humid, that some ape suits melted in the intense heat. See more »

Goofs

In the trading post after Tarzan is convinced to return to England to find his family, he and the Belgium explorer (Ian Holm) encounter a group of men drinking and playing cards. There are various animals in the room and one of the card players has a squirrel monkey on his shoulder. Since they are in Africa this would be highly unlikely as squirrel monkeys are native to South America. Unless the card player traveled from Central America to Africa it would not be possible to see a squirrel monkey in Africa. See more »

Quotes

[a tribe of cannibals are on the riverbank]
Sir Evelyn Blount: What are they saying D'Arnot?
Capitaine Phillippe D'Arnot: Dinner is serving. No! Arrived, dinner has arrived is a slightly better translation.
Sir Evelyn Blount: I don't think that's frightfully funny D'Arnot!
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Connections

Spoofed in Gorio & Tekla (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

Riding On Top Of The Car
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Traditional
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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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