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Release Date:
19 September 1986 (USA) See more »
Man is no longer in control! See more »
A zoology student must try to out smart a murderous and super-intelligent orangutan. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
1 win & 2 nominations See more »
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Monkey see, monkey don't See more (31 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Elisabeth Shue ... Jane Chase

Terence Stamp ... Dr. Steven Phillip
Steven Pinner ... David
Richard Garnett ... Dennis

David O'Hara ... Tom
Kevin Lloyd ... Bailey
Joe Belcher ... Taxi Driver
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Daisy Beevers ... Becky (uncredited)
Geoffrey Beevers ... Mr. Miller (uncredited)

Caroline John ... Mrs. Miller (uncredited)

Linus Roache ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard Franklin 
Writing credits
Lee David Zlotoff (story) (as Lee Zlotoff) and
Tom Ackermann (story)

Everett De Roche (written by)

Produced by
Richard Franklin .... producer
Verity Lambert .... executive producer
Rick McCallum .... co-producer
Selwyn Roberts .... associate producer
Original Music by
Jerry Goldsmith 
Cinematography by
Mike Molloy 
Film Editing by
Andrew London 
Derek Trigg 
Production Design by
Norman Garwood 
Art Direction by
Keith Pain 
Costume Design by
Catherine Cook 
Makeup Department
Yvonne Coppard .... special makeup artist
Pat Hay .... makeup artist
Meinir Jones-Lewis .... hair stylist (as Meinir Brock)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John Dodds .... second assistant director
Christopher Hall .... third assistant director (as Chris Hall)
Chris Rose .... first assistant director
Art Department
Les Benson .... property master
Roy Carnon .... sketch artist
Steve Cooper .... set designer
Patricia Johnson .... draughtsman
Darryl Paterson .... dressing props
Peter Verard .... construction manager
Sound Department
Chris David .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Michael Harris .... sound maintenance (as Mike Harris)
John Hayward .... sound re-recording mixer
Richard Langford .... dubbing mixer
Gerard McCann .... assistant sound editor
Steve O'Brien .... boom operator
David Stephenson .... sound mixer
Special Effects by
Lyle Conway .... creature effects supervisor
Chris Corbould .... senior special effects technician
Neil Corbould .... special effects technician
Michael Dawson .... special effects administrator
John Gant .... special effects supervisor
Lesja Liber .... animatronics
Mike Scanlan .... animatronic technician
Tracey Eddon .... stunts
Bobby Porter .... stunt double
Tony Smart .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
George Binnersley .... focus puller
Fred Brown .... electrician
Albert Clarke .... still photographer
Jason Lehel .... focus puller
Mike Lloyd .... camera loader
Mike Proudfoot .... director of photography: Scotland second unit
Clive Rivers .... camera grip
Roy Rodhouse .... gaffer
Gale Tattersall .... camera operator
Gale Tattersall .... director of photography: UK second unit
Marc Wolff .... camera pilot
Casting Department
Jackie Burch .... casting: Los Angeles
Priscilla John .... casting: London
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Terry Smith .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Robert Hambling .... assistant editor
Sarah Rains .... assistant editor
Music Department
Jerry Goldsmith .... conductor
Kenneth Hall .... music editor (as Ken Hall)
Arthur Morton .... orchestrator
National Philharmonic Orchestra .... music played by
Mike Ross-Trevor .... music recordist (as Mike Ross)
Diane DeLouise Wessel .... music supervisor (uncredited)
Other crew
Ray Berwick .... head animal trainer
Ray Berwick .... head ape trainer
Jean Bourne .... script supervisor
Rona Brown .... chimp trainer: UK
Roy Childs .... psychological consultant
Graham Easton .... production executive
David Frank .... chimp handler
Sue Gentle .... stand-in
Barbara Griffiths .... animatronics coordinator
Jayne Grosvenor .... body double: Elisabeth Shue
Bob Jordan .... assistant location manager
John Ketteringham .... stand-in
Lynda Levy .... unit publicist
Joseph McCarter .... chimp handler
Bob Mercer .... production associate
Alan Miller .... assistant to director
Richard Morrison .... title designer
Charles Salmon .... location manager
Clare St. John .... production coordinator

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USA:103 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | France:-12 | Iceland:12 | Netherlands:16 (re-rating) | Netherlands:12 (original rating) (1987) | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #27925) | West Germany:16

Did You Know?

Locke, the orangutan who plays Link, and Jed, the chimp who plays Imp, go in wheel chairs before they start filming to save their energy.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
Link:[On keyboard] COOK PHONE.See more »
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8 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Monkey see, monkey don't, 19 August 2007
Author: TrevorAclea from London, England

"There's just a few rules that you have to remember: 1. You're the dominant species. You must never, ever treat them as equals. 2. Don't ever let anything escalate. Always forgive them, whatever they do. 3. Don't get involved in their squabbles. They sort them out. And 4. Erm, some turds in the hall. Can you clear them up?"

Whenever anyone comes up with that kind of list in a movie you can start ticking off the order in which they'll be forgotten and place your bets on who dies first, and Richard Franklin's Link is no exception to the rule. It's not a particularly ambitious film – it can pretty much be summed as a girl stalked in a remote country house by an unbalanced killer, with the spin being that this time the killer is an ape – but it's a pleasingly well-crafted and executed one. Unusually for director Richard Franklin the influence here seems to be less Hitchcock than Argento, with plenty of bravura camera-work – complicated tracking shots, long lenses, multiple speeds and step-printing that are far more effective than they have any right to be. Naturally the apes outshine the humans (Elisabeth Shue and a fairly brief but entertaining turn from Terence Stamp), with Locke the Orangutan giving a surprisingly layered turn as Link himself, the unstable former circus hack and "Master of Fire."

Barely remembered today, it's one of those films that just got lost in the cracks: a key and very expensive part of Verity Lambert's catastrophic production slate (The Holcroft Covenant, Wild Geese II, Morons From Outer Space, Bloodbath at the House of Death, Slayground etc) that led to EMI films being sold lock, stock and barrel to Cannon, who promptly dumped it with a token release, the film rarely even turns up on TV these days. But any ape movie with a heroine called Jane (after Jane Goodall, not Tarzan's mate) that uses both The Kinks I'm An Apeman and Marlene Dietrich's entrance in a gorilla suit from Blonde Venus as well as offering an infectiously demented Jerry Goldsmith Baroque'n'Roll score mixing synths, symphony orchestra, calliope and a 7/8 drumbeat definitely deserves a second look.

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