A zoology student must try to out smart a murderous and super-intelligent orangutan.



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Student Jane jobs as an assistant for the animal researcher Phillip in a lonesome old house. They live alone except for the chimpanzees and butler Link: a 45 years old very intelligent orangutan. Phillip wants to put Link to death. However before he can do this he's vanished tracelessly one morning. Link starts behaving more and more aggressive and prohibits Jane from using the phone or reaching the next village. When she punishes him by locking him out, he becomes violent. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Release Date:

19 September 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Abernes nat  »

Box Office


$1,720,450 (USA)

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1.66 : 1
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EMI and Cannon between them cut 13 minutes from the film for release. See more »


Link is an orangutan and they have reddish-brown fur, in the film he is recalled as a chimp and the trainers dyed his fur black. See more »


Imp: [On the keyboard] KILL LINK!
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Written by Sam Coslow and Ralph Rainger
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The chimps are too good to be in this movie
16 July 1999 | by (North Bay, Ontario) – See all my reviews

This movie started off very well, and I was beginning to think that I had stumbled across a pleasant surprise. Unfortunately, things weren't nearly as interesting in the second half, and so I can't quite recommend this one. The best scenes are when the chimps are displaying their remarkable talents. In fact, the pleasure of watching the chimpanzees is almost enough to make up for the otherwise mediocre story. The novelty does wear off, though, and the film suffers badly as a result. Shue and Stamp are both effective, but the script simply runs out of steam in the second half. Watch only if you love chimps.

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