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Going Bananas (1987)

 -  Comedy  -  12 February 1988 (USA)
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Deep in Africa's exotic Momba-Zomba Land, young David Menden-Hall (Over the Top) befriends a mischievous little chimpanzee--only to discover the critter can talk! Soon, his friends Joe (Dom... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Big Bad Joe Hopkins
Mozambo (as Jimmie C. Walker)
Ben McNamara
Warren Berlinger ...
Captain Mackintosh
Len Sparrowhawk ...
Ship's Captain
Peter J. Elliott ...
First Mate / Clown #2
Fats Dibeco ...
Sergeant Abdul
Graham Armitage ...
Cake Waiter
Mike Westcott ...
Robert Anderson, American Ambassador
Philip Van der Byl ...
Clown #1
Clown #3
Irene Frangs ...
Simpson Correra ...
Dentist / Tour Guide


Deep in Africa's exotic Momba-Zomba Land, young David Menden-Hall (Over the Top) befriends a mischievous little chimpanzee--only to discover the critter can talk! Soon, his friends Joe (Dom DeLuise) and Mozambo (Jimmie Walker) are going ape trying to save the chatty chimp after he's sold to the circus by crooked police chief Herbert Lom (The Pink Panther)! It's one cliff-hanger after another as the three friends embark on a zany, slapstick safari into non-stop monkeyshines! Written by Wayne Russell

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My African Adventure  »

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Ship's Captain: He's going to the jungles of Africa, slippers won't save him.
Big Bad Joe: Captain, I've been appointed as this boy's caretaker for the remainder of this journey.
Ben: Captain, my father arranged for a guide to meet us.
Ship's Captain: A guide huh? He'll probably eat you
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Dom DeLuise's African Adventure..
15 May 2009 | by (Copenhagen, Denmark) – See all my reviews

Seeing as the other user comments don't really tell people what this movie actually is about, but only write about specific scenes and/or sequences, and/or their feelings about the movie, let me break down this movie for you with a quick summary, so you'll get the big picture:

David Mendenhall (yes, the annoying little kid from Stallone's "Over The Top") is actually the star of this film, playing a rich man's son, Ben, who has gone to Africa with his caretaker "Big Bad Joe" (played by the late great Dom DeLuise from "Blazing Saddles" and "The Cannonball Run"). Joe is the guy who's in charge of taking good care of Ben, so he doesn't get into trouble, and his father doesn't get upset, but actually gets himself into even more trouble than Ben does. They arrive somewhere in Africa (in a made up country called Tongola), where they meet up with their local tour-guide Mozambo (played by Jimmie C. Walker from the TV-series "Good Times"). He takes them on a safari, where they happen to meet the talking monkey Bonzo (played by little man Deep Roy, who some might know from "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" as the oompa-loompas). Now, of course the two bad guys, Palermo the circus-owner (Warren Berlinger who also played Shaky Finch the motorcyclist in "The Cannonball Run" with DeLuise) and MacIntosh the military captain (played by Herbert Lom - Tigranes Levantus from "Spartacus") finds out, and wants to capture the monkey and use it for the circus, so they'll make a great profit on that world-sensation. Ben & co. then tries to escape and hide Bonzo, so he won't be trapped against his will...of course this is no easy task, and hilarity ensues.

This is mainly a children's movie, as most grown-up's will find the humor too exaggerated and silly, but most children will probably love the silliness - and of course the talking monkey, befriending a young boy! Most kids will relate to this, and will soak up their friendship as being far-fetched, but really cool and awesome. I mean, what kid wouldn't want to be friends with a talking monkey!

The only thing in this movie probably not suited for children, would be a somewhat frightening graphic scene where Ben falls into a gorge and gets attacked by hordes of scorpions after taking a fall.. with REAL scorpions crawling all over the small boy.. and then Bonzo rescues him by SMASHING the REAL scorpions to death with a huge club! I wonder what PETA would say to this.. hmm..

Now, even though this movie is shot in Zimbabwe, it's not exactly "King Solomon's Mines", if you know what I mean.. directed by none other than Golan-Globus entertainment's finest producer Boaz Davidson, who has also brought us the following masterpieces: "American Cyborg: Steel Warrior", "Lunarcop", "Hospital Massacre", and writing the scripts for "Derailed", "Alien Hunter", "Mansquito" and "Delta Force 3: The Killing Game". You should know what to expect when watching this movie.

Anyway, some of the highlights: A nun curses a lot. A silly french waiter gets a pie in the face. Two vintage cars crash the street-market and crash into the harbor. Dom DeLuise (or his double, rather) does a trapeze-act in the circus. The circus-owner spanks the monkey... with a front of a huge child-audience... who applaud and laugh.

All in all, I found the first bit of the movie too silly for my taste, and thought about switching it off, but I bit the apple and saw it all the way through, which was a good decision, as the last part actually had some decent dramatic elements and some quite impressive stunt-work.

6/10 - perhaps a bit much, but I had to consider the fact that this movie was probably aimed at kids, who will probably love Bonzo & co.

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