While on vacation in a fictitious African country, the young son of a US senator, his guardian and their guide must stop the corrupt local police chief and the shady owner of a local circus from capturing their new friend - a talking ape.

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Mozambo (as Jimmie C. Walker)
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Palermo
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Captain Mackintosh
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Fats Dibeco ...
Sergeant Abdul
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Robert Anderson, American Ambassador
Philip Van der Byl ...
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Irene Frangs ...
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Simpson Correra ...
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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 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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One of two films that David Mendenhall would be involved with Menahem Golan in some capacity. Golan would direct Mendenhall in Over the Top (1987) with Sylvester Stallone and the screenplay for this film was written by Golan. See more »

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Mozambo: Are you the captain of this here bucket?
Ship's Captain: This is the African Queen, not some bucket! It's a ship, and it's my ship, and you can go to hell!
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Are you people stupid? Bananas is a classic!
13 May 2004 | by (Kansas City) – See all my reviews

No laughs? What about the part where Bonzo (the monkey) is under the table and keeps snatching the pieces of cake from the patrons at the restaurant? Before the waiter can set down another plate, Bonzo has devoured it! Cut to a facial shot of Bonzo under the table cloth covered in cake!! Tell me, who could resist wetting their pants at such a thing? And the ensuing restaurant fight, where we have the joy of seeing Ben and Bonzo smash people at random with bottles!

Whoever thought this movie was not funny must have been watching with their eyes closed and cotton in their ears. Just the scenes of intimacy between Ben and Bonzo that bordered on homosexual (bestial?) were enough to make the film hilarious, especially when Bonzo is trying to sing Ben back to health in the hospital.

Not to mention the cruel and sadistic humor of the monkey, who is seen repeatedly hitting his "friends" Ben, the boy, and the others, and breaking out into insane laughter.

One must see the strange and twisted side of Going Bananas to see the humor. So I suggest, watch the movie again. It is a classic. If you think of the sheer cruelty of Dom Deluise taunting a monkey with a banana, only to let him have it if he says "banana!" It is hysterical! Of course poor Dom had no idea the monkey would do it, so imagine what kind of pathetic mindstate he was in! Locked in a jail in Africa, and rather than prayer, diplomacy, critical thinking, whatever...instead of trying to get himself out of this dillema...he resolves to sit back on his haunches and amuse himself by taunting a monkey with a banana. Excellent!

I give Bonzo and Going Bananas 14 MILLION stars and 763,000 THUMBS WAY UP!!! BONZO FOR PRESIDENT!!! BONZO LOVES BEN!!!


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