MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 3,295 this week

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

 -  Adventure | Drama  -  30 March 1984 (USA)
6.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.3/10 from 13,230 users  
Reviews: 69 user | 35 critic

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. Soon after, a family of apes... See full summary »

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $9.99 on Amazon Instant Video

Editors' Spotlight

Fall TV Premiere Week

Many of your favorite shows are coming back, along with plenty of series premieres. Here's a list of the shows premiering between Sunday, September 21 and Friday, September 26.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 28 titles
created 29 Mar 2011
 
a list of 33 titles
created 05 Nov 2011
 
a list of 36 titles
created 29 May 2012
 
G
a list of 27 titles
created 8 months ago
 
a list of 25 titles
created 2 weeks ago
 

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

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

Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (1984) on IMDb 6.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes.

User Polls

Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.1/10 X  

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 ... See full summary »

Director: John Derek
Stars: Bo Derek, Richard Harris, Miles O'Keeffe
Tarzan in Manhattan (TV Movie 1989)
Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  

Tarzan goes to New York to rescue the chimp Cheetah, who has been captured by an evil animal experimenter. There, he teams up with Jane, a cab driver and daughter of an ex-cop private eye, ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Schultz
Stars: Joe Lara, Kim Crosby, James Medina
Certificate: Passed Action | Adventure | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A trader and his daughter set off in search of the fabled graveyard of the elephants in deepest Africa, only to encounter a wild man raised by apes.

Director: W.S. Van Dyke
Stars: Neil Hamilton, Maureen O'Sullivan, C. Aubrey Smith
Highlander (1986)
Action | Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

An immortal Scottish swordsman must confront the last of his immortal opponent, a murderously brutal barbarian who lusts for the fabled "Prize".

Director: Russell Mulcahy
Stars: Christopher Lambert, Sean Connery, Clancy Brown
First Knight (1995)
Action | Adventure | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Lancelot falls in love with Guinevere, who is due to be married to King Arthur. Meanwhile, a violent warlord tries to seize power from Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table.

Director: Jerry Zucker
Stars: Sean Connery, Richard Gere, Julia Ormond
Revolution (1985)
Adventure | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

New York trapper Tom Dobb becomes an unwilling participant in the American Revolution after his son Ned is drafted into the Army by the villainous Sergeant Major Peasy. Tom attempts to find... See full summary »

Director: Hugh Hudson
Stars: Al Pacino, Donald Sutherland, Nastassja Kinski
Lost Angels (1989)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A troubled youth from a split Los Angeles family is sent to a private psychiatric hospital after a violent scrape with the police. In the hospital, he makes a connection with one of the doctors who has his own problems.

Director: Hugh Hudson
Stars: Donald Sutherland, Adam Horovitz, Amy Locane
Adventure | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

In the Victorian period, two children are shipwrecked on a tropical island in the South Pacific. With no adults to guide them, the two make a simple life together, unaware that sexual maturity will eventually intervene.

Director: Randal Kleiser
Stars: Brooke Shields, Christopher Atkins, Leo McKern
Douchka (TV Movie 1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Jean-Paul Sassy
Stars: Jacqueline Adry, Michel Baudinat, Patrick Borg
Drama

The Pope's reputation is now being rehabilitated in a film based on 100,000 pages of documents and testimonies concerning the underground work done by Pius XII to help Jews.

Director: Liana Marabini
Stars: Christopher Lambert, Giancarlo Giannini, Marie-Christine Barrault
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
Lord Charles Esker
...
...
...
...
Jeffson Brown
...
Major Jack Downing
...
Sir Hugh Belcher
...
...
Captain Billings
Hilton McRae ...
Willy
...
Buller
Ravinder ...
Dean
John Wells ...
Sir Evelyn Blount
Edit

Storyline

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. Soon after, a family of apes stumble across the house and in the ensuing panic, both parents are killed. 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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Adventure | Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

30 March 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Greystoke, la leyenda de Tarz├ín, el rey de los monos  »

Box Office

Gross:

$45,900,000 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(extended)

Sound Mix:

(70 mm prints)| (35 mm prints)

Color:

(Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

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 is sharpening his straight razor in preparation for shaving Tarzan for the first time, there is a close-up of his hands repeatedly flipping the straight razor the wrong way across the leather strop. This would actually blunt the blade, rather than sharpen it. A gentleman/explorer of the 19th Century would never make such a blunder with his straight razor. See more »

Quotes

John Clayton: Half of me is the Earl of Greystoke...
John Clayton: the other half is WILD!
See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Rated Sex (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

The Dashing White Sergeant
(uncredited)
Traditional
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Tarzan as Burroughs intended!
18 July 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you are looking for a modern film version of Buster Crabbe or Johnny Weismuller's overcoming the machinations of unscrupulous, white safari guides or cunning, black tribesmen, while saving the animal kingdom, this is NOT the movie for you. This is a recounting of the Tarzan "legend" from its beginning in intelligent, adult terms. It is beautifully filmed and faithful to the Edgar Rice Burroughs stories.

Tarzan is no action hero, but a man torn between two worlds - the natural and the civilized. In a stunning performance, Christopher Lambert portrays this angst with absolute realism. If he slips up just once the cat will be out of the bag: the audience (especially the adult audience targeted by the film) will laugh, and the film will completely lose its grip. It will plummet into the cheesy depths. But Lambert never lets that happen. (Forget what you may think of him in other movies; when I saw this film at the theater on its original release, I thought he deserved an academy award.)

The supporting cast is uniformly excellent, as other commentators have noted. I disagree with most of them in that I didn't find anything wrong with Andie McDowell's performance. I wouldn't have nominated her for an academy award - the role is undemanding - but she is completely up to it, such as it is. I don't know why her voice was overdubbed, either.

The cinematography of the African segment of the tale is absolutely beautiful. It captures both the beauty of the African wilderness and the exotic expectation it holds in the collective imagination of those who have never been there. The scenery is lush and exotic, and the colors are vivid.

But this is also a "period" film, and the cinematography also magnificently depicts Victorian England - the countryside, the city and the interiors. The costumes are outstanding. The soundtrack is beautiful without being overwhelming or obtrusive.

There are some disturbing scenes - especially for animal lovers - but no more disturbing than a few scenes in Dances with Wolves. This is an excellent film about the conflict between civilization and nature, personified in the young Lord Greystoke, convincingly portrayed by Christopher Lambert.


22 of 23 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
I purposely avoided this film for 26 years... grimandproper
sadistic and depressing film xaristheou
How many people who claim this is faithful to the book michael-ward-2
Ahead of it's time? DrMario
John Scott's Score. davidtorrance2003
I'd have to agree. davidtorrance2003

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?