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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Release Date:

19 September 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Abernes nat  »

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$1,720,450 (USA)

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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 »


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: [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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Performed by The Kinks
Music by Ray Davies
Published by Davray Music Ltd.
Courtesy of Carlin Music
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24 December 2002 | by (united states) – See all my reviews

Although this was not academy award material,i thought 'link' was an enjoyable and educational movie. I saw this movie when i was 16 years old,and had no idea that chimpanzees were so strong. After watching the film, i studied a book at the library about them,and was amazed at the things they can do. Most people don't realize just how large they can be. Many chimpanzees in the zoo can weigh 175lbs as adults, which is the same as a human. They are over a foot shorter than we are, but they have denser bone and muscle,which makes them heavier. Interesting animals.

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