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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 »
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1 win & 2 nominations See more »
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The chimps are too good to be in this movie See more (30 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Elisabeth Shue ... Jane Chase

Terence Stamp ... Dr. Steven Phillip
Steven Finch ... David (as Steven Pinner)
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
Robert Voysey .... plasterer
Sound Department
Chris David .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Michael Harris .... sound maintenance (as Mike Harris)
John Hayward .... 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
Location Management
Bob Jordan .... assistant location manager
Charles Salmon .... location manager
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)
Mark Thomas .... musician: violin (uncredited)
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
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
Clare St. John .... production coordinator

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Additional Details

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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?

EMI and Cannon between them cut 13 minutes from the film for release.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): 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!See more »
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7 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
The chimps are too good to be in this movie, 16 July 1999
Author: Tito-8 from North Bay, Ontario

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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