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30 March 1984 (USA) See more »
A shipping disaster in the 19th Century has stranded a man and woman in the wilds of Africa. The lady is pregnant... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 11 nominations See more »
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Excellent novel, good film. See more (71 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Ralph Richardson ... The Sixth Earl of Greystoke

Ian Holm ... Capitaine Phillippe D'Arnot

James Fox ... Lord Charles Esker

Christopher Lambert ... John Clayton / Tarzan, Lord of the Apes

Andie MacDowell ... Miss Jane Porter

Cheryl Campbell ... Lady Alice Clayton

Ian Charleson ... Jeffson Brown

Nigel Davenport ... Major Jack Downing

Nicholas Farrell ... Sir Hugh Belcher

Paul Geoffrey ... Lord John 'Jack' Clayton

Richard Griffiths ... Captain Billings
Hilton McRae ... Willy

David Suchet ... Buller
Ravinder ... Dean
John Wells ... Sir Evelyn Blount
Eric Langlois ... Tarzan aged 12
Danny Potts ... Tarzan aged 5 (as Daniel Potts)
Peter Kyriakou ... Tarzan aged one
Tali McGregor ... Infant Tarzan

Paul Brooke ... The Rev. Stimson
Tristram Jellinek ... Chalky White (as Tristram Jellineck)
Roddy Maude-Roxby ... Olivestone

Peter Elliott ... Silverbeard, Primate Father (as Elliott W. Cane)
Ailsa Berk ... Kala, Primate Mother

John Alexander ... White Eyes, Primate Leader
Christopher Beck ... Droopy Ears, Tarzan's Childhood Friend

Mak Wilson ... Figs, Tarzan's Follower
Rona Brown ... Primate Sequences
Georgia Clarke ... Primate Sequences
Tessa Crockett ... Primate Sequences
Frances D'Arcy ... Primate Sequences
David Forman ... Primate Sequences
Toh Koksum ... Primate Sequences
Eugene Little ... Primate Sequences
Tina Maskell ... Primate Sequences
Douglas Mann ... Primate Sequences (as Dougie Mann)
Rory Mitchell ... Primate Sequences
Martin Pallot ... Primate Sequences

Deep Roy ... Primate Sequences

Kiran Shah ... Primate Sequences
Martin Scully ... Primate Sequences

Philip Tan ... Primate Sequences
George Antoni ... Primate Sequences (as George Yiasoumi)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Emile Abossolo M'bo ... Primate (uncredited)
Bridget Biagi ... Primate (uncredited)
Colin Charles ... Olly (uncredited)
Elaine Collins ... Ruby (uncredited)
David Endene ... Boat Captain (uncredited)
Sheila Latimer ... Duchess (uncredited)

Derek Lyons ... Footman (uncredited)
Alison Macrae ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Andrea Miller ... Governess (uncredited)
Philemon Blake Ondoua ... Aloo (uncredited)

Harriet Thorpe ... Iris (uncredited)
Jacobin Yarro ... Riverbank Chief (uncredited)

Directed by
Hugh Hudson 
Writing credits
Edgar Rice Burroughs (novel "Tarzan of the Apes")

Robert Towne  (as P.H. Vazak) and
Michael Austin 

Produced by
Stanley S. Canter .... producer
Hugh Hudson .... producer
Garth Thomas .... associate producer
Original Music by
John Scott 
Cinematography by
John Alcott 
Film Editing by
Anne V. Coates 
Casting by
Patsy Pollock 
Production Design by
Stuart Craig 
Art Direction by
Norman Dorme 
Simon Holland (supervising art director)
Set Decoration by
Ann Mollo 
Costume Design by
John Mollo 
Makeup Department
Rick Baker .... special makeup effects
Paul Engelen .... key makeup artist
Peter Frampton .... makeup artist
Richard Glass .... contact lens optician
Tom Hester .... special makeup effects crew
Joan Hills .... hair stylist
Steve Johnson .... special makeup effects crew
Shawn McEnroe .... special makeup effects crew
Daniel Parker .... animatronics
Barry Richardson .... key hair stylist
Joseph Ross .... special makeup effects crew
Production Management
Simon Bosanquet .... production manager
Frank Ernst .... unit production manager: Cameroon
Bernard Hanson .... location manager
Paul Hitchcock .... executive in charge of production
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Simon Channing Williams .... first assistant director
Lee Cleary .... second assistant director: second unit
Ray Corbett .... first assistant director
Kieron Phipps .... second assistant director
Paul Tivers .... second assistant director
Michael Zimbrich .... second assistant director
Art Department
Terry Apsey .... construction manager
Martin Asbury .... storyboard artist
Gordon Billings .... stand-by props
Jack Carter .... construction manager: Cameroon
Ian Giladjian .... production buyer
Martin Hitchcock .... art department associate
Arthur Max .... art department associate
Mickey Pugh .... stand-by props (as Michael Pugh)
Cliff Robinson .... assistant art director (as Clifford Robinson)
Keith Short .... sculptor
Steve Short .... stand-by props (as Steven Short)
Charles Torbett .... property master
Andy Aitken .... scenic plasterer/mould maker (uncredited)
Sound Department
Robert Auger .... mobile recording engineer (as Bob Auger)
Roy Baker .... dubbing editor
Don Banks .... boom operator
Terry Busby .... sound effects editor
Graham V. Hartstone .... dubbing mixer
Jack T. Knight .... sound effects editor (as Jack Knight)
Nicolas Le Messurier .... dubbing mixer
Archie Ludski .... dialogue editor
Gordon K. McCallum .... chief dubbing mixer
Ivan Sharrock .... production sound mixer
Lionel Strutt .... adr mixer
Ken Weston .... boom operator
Les Wiggins .... dubbing editor
Jonathan Andrews .... sound (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Valerie Charlton .... modeller
John Coppinger .... sculptor
Peter Hutchinson .... special effects supervisor
Kevin Mathews .... special effects wire technician
Lawrie Ayres .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
Dave Chagouri .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Albert Whitlock .... special visual effects (as Albert J. Whitlock)
Terry Forrestal .... riding stunts
Roy Scammell .... stunt arranger
Camera and Electrical Department
Ronald Anscombe .... focus puller
Lou Bogue .... chief electrician
Don Brown .... video operator
Murray Close .... still photographer
John Flemming .... camera grip: second unit
Maurice Gillett .... gaffer
Norman Godden .... camera maintenance
Ray Hall .... camera grip
Jeremy Jones .... clapper loader
Paul Kenward .... clapper loader
Michael O'Connor .... focus puller
Douglas F. O'Neons .... camera operator
Kenneth J. Withers .... camera operator: second unit (as Ken Withers)
Egil S. Woxholt .... camera operator: second unit
Garrett Brown .... Steadicam operator (uncredited)
Carlos Melville .... electrician (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Rick Baker .... primate costume designer and creator
Ken Crouch .... wardrobe supervisor
Kenny Crough .... wardrobe assistant
Nic Ede .... wardrobe supervisor (as Nicolas Ede)
David Garrett .... costume maker
Catherine Halloran .... wardrobe assistant
Nazhat Hester .... specialty costumes
Michael Jeffrey .... wardrobe assistant
Diana Moseley .... primate wardrobe supervisor
Shirley Russell .... costumes: Ms. MacDowell and Ms. Campbell
Editorial Department
Tim Arrowsmith .... assistant editor
Alan Corder .... assistant editor
Pat Gilbert .... assistant editor
Robert Hambling .... assistant editor
James D.R. Hickox .... apprentice editor
Patrick Moore .... assistant editor
William Parnell .... assistant editor (as Bill Parnell)
Jean Sheffield .... assistant editor
Music Department
Robin Clarke .... music editor
Brian Culverhouse .... music recording producer
Norman Del Mar .... conductor: additional music
John Scott .... conductor
John Warrack .... musical director
Christopher Palmer .... music co-producer (uncredited)
Other crew
Marie-Thérèse Boiché .... production coordinator: Cameroon
John Brookes .... unit nurse
Jimmy Chipperfield .... animal consultant
Hazel Crombie .... production accountant
Susan d'Arcy .... unit publicist
Richard Daniel .... second unit assistant
Robin Demetriou .... catering supervisor
Peter Elliott .... primate choreographer
Roger Fouts .... primate consultant
John Gorham .... title designer
Laura Grumitt .... production assistant
Brian Harris .... production accountant
Christopher Knowles .... assistant location manager
Steve Long .... production accountant
George Mossman .... horses and carriages
Stefano Priori .... location accountant
Andreas Reyneke .... body development
Mary Richards .... production secretary
Joseph Ross .... location crew
Lawrence Schick .... video game designer
Rodger Shaw .... chief primate effects technician
Ron Swinburne .... chief production accountant
Maggie Unsworth .... continuity
Joan Washington .... voice coach
Glenn Close .... voice dubbing: Andie MacDowell (uncredited)
Ralph Richardson .... dedicatee

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
143 min (extended version) | West Germany:135 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Dolby (35 mm prints)

Did You Know?

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 »
Continuity: When Tarzan's "father" is shot, Tarzan is seen from the left. His hair is messed up on both sides. When Tarzan is seen from the right, the hair on the right side of his head is perfectly combed. Then when seen from the front again, when carrying his "father", the hair is messed up on both sides again.See more »
Sixth Earl of Greystoke:[Towards Tarzan:] Have a look at the wall.
[... ]
Sixth Earl of Greystoke:It comes all around the estate to keep them out - and keep us in.
See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Crocodile Dundee (1986)See more »
Auprès de ma blondeSee more »


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20 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Excellent novel, good film., 15 April 2002
Author: srb67 from Washington DC, USA

Greystoke stays close to the first Tarzan novel which makes for a striking contrast between this film and earlier Tarzan flicks.

'Christophe' sticks to his French accent for most of this film, which is a relief as he concentrates on his acting and, for the most part, gets it spot on. His reversion to ape behaviour in moments of emotional stress is funny and touching. Ralph Richardson's potrayal of the Sixth Earl is full of humour and subtlety, only to be expected from a master of the art. Ian Holm, again, a masterful performance. They put Andie MacDowell to shame.

The first half is mainly in the jungle and is fascinating to watch. A huge amount of research about ape behaviour is put to entertaining use. It comes to a close when some amusingly nasty English explorers and a disdainful Belgian appear in the jungle. The second half, when Johnny (Lambert) is introduced to Victorian society touches on what it means to be 'civilized'. He meets his grandfather and is expected to take his place in society but then discovers what society is like.

A great adaptation and an entertaining film.

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