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



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Complete credited cast:
Jane Chase
Dr. Steven Phillip
Steven Finch ...
David (as Steven Pinner)
Richard Garnett ...
Kevin Lloyd ...
Joe Belcher ...
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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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For thousands of years man has enslaved the ape, now the tables are about to turn. See more »




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Release Date:

19 September 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Линк  »

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$1,720,450 (USA)

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1.66 : 1
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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 »


When Link was getting Voodoo out of the cage there was a lock on the cage, but Link toke it off when it needed a key. See more »


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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This isn't cute monkey business.
22 June 2007 | by (the Mad Hatter's tea party.) – See all my reviews

Jane Chase a young American grad student studying at London Institute of Science takes a job as an assistant/housekeeper for anthropology professor Steven Philip at his isolated country house on the coast. There she would meet Philip's chimpanzees Imp and Voodoo, and very well trained orangutan Link. Here she would learn how to act around them, so when the professor has to go somewhere. He knows nothing will happen. However one-day Philip suddenly disappears and Jane notices that Link's behaviour is becoming more assertive, as he cuts off any chance of her escaping.

What is a series of effective set pieces make up this simple minded, but extremely tight and conniving cat and mouse monkey on the loose thriller. The Australian pair of director Richard Franklin and writer Everett de Roche (who both brought us "Patrick", "Road Games" and "The Visitors") does an able job of giving the film a professional touch, but the real stars of the show are the monkeys themselves. Trainer Ray Berwick does a splendid job of milking out the personalities and acting abilities of these chimps. Link's blank facial expressions are downright unnerving, because there's a real sinisterness hiding behind that placid (and well-dressed) frame! Roche's minimal set-up for the screenplay is truly inspired for what is a systematic exercise, while slowly letting the mysterious factors of story unfold and leaving the characters dangling there as they realise what's actually happening. Streaming through the script is a dry sense of humour that fitted right in, but there's a real vagueness surrounding certain details that really do stick out. Franklin's interesting direction is visually adept and the steady pace constantly builds the suspenseful situation, where it finally takes off in a rapid, nail-biting final half. The violence is not particularly graphic, with most of it off screen. He also uses the Victorian setting of the mansion within the gorgeously secluded backdrop to take shape and become a formidable presence. Underrated cinematographer Mike Molloy's atmospheric and abstract framing was that of high quality and the reliable Jerry Goldsmith flavoured score captures the right bounce with its ever-changing tenor of styles. The adorably bold Elisabeth Shue (just her second role after "The Karate Kid (84)" and showing some skin) is agreeably strong and convincing. The always-fine Terence Stamp, gives a subtle off-wired performance that was probably a little too short and abrupt.

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