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

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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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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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PG | See all certifications »

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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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(70 mm prints)| (35 mm prints)

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(Eastmancolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Lord Esker was originally intended to be in his 20s, and Hugh Grant was one of the choices for the part. Later, the director decided that the character should be middle-aged, and James Fox was cast. See more »

Goofs

The cognitive and speech centers of the brain shut down if they are not stimulated. After a certain age, Tarzan wouldn't have been able to say more than a few words, let alone learn two entire languages. See more »

Quotes

Capitaine Phillippe D'Arnot: Listen to me John. How many other white apes have you seen? You're like me, not them. You have another family, far away, one you have never seen.
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Connections

Version of Tarzan in Manhattan (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

Oh God Our Help in Ages Past
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Traditional
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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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