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

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(story) (as Lee Zlotoff), (story) | 1 more credit »
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1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

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Jane Chase
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Dr. Steven Phillip
Steven Finch ...
David (as Steven Pinner)
Richard Garnett ...
Dennis
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Tom
Kevin Lloyd ...
Bailey
Joe Belcher ...
Taxi Driver
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Storyline

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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When Man was given mastery over the beasts, someone forgot to tell... See more »

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Horror

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R | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

19 September 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Abernes nat  »

Box Office

Gross:

$1,720,450 (USA)
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(Technicolor)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The script originally called for Link to be a chimpanzee, but when Locke got the role, Link was changed to an orangutan - although trainer Ray Berwick dyed his fur black, which actually made him look more like a chimp. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Imp: [Typing on the monkey computer to Jane] LINK DIRTY BUG
Jane Chase: Oh, come on. You are going to hurt Link's feelings.
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Hot Voodoo
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Written by Sam Coslow and Ralph Rainger
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A bizarre but fascinating thriller with monkeys and Elizabeth Shue
1 December 2001 | by (San Jose, California) – See all my reviews

I think this was a break-through movie for Elizabeth Shue. It was the first time I heard of her as an actress. I think I saw the movie back in 1988, but it made quite an impact on my young impressionable mind. After watching the movie, I had a real fascination with primate intelligence. The psycho-sexual interaction between Shue and the monkeys stayed in mind all this time. In particular, I remember quite vividly the bathroom scene. It was strange from me to see that back then. And, everytime I see anyone take a bath or shower with a pet in the bathroom on a movie or commercial, I think of that scene.


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