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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mozambo (as Jimmie C. Walker)
Captain Mackintosh
Len Sparrowhawk ...
Ship's Captain
Peter J. Elliott ...
First Mate / Clown #2
Fats Dibeco ...
Sergeant Abdul
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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Adventure | Comedy


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12 February 1988 (USA)  »

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African Adventure  »

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Clyde the Organgatan from the hit Clint Eastwood films, Every Which Way But Loose (1978) and Any Which Way You Can (1980) showed up at Menahem Golan's office in which he shamelessly pitched this film to Clyde's agents in an attempt to sign him for his Cannon productions. When that didn't happen, he presented director Boaz Davidson with Deep Roy (who would eventually dress up as a monkey) and brazenly told him, "Meet your new monkey!" See more »


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
Ship's Captain: .
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People need to really grow up.
4 September 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I just saw the reviews on Meet the Spartans, The Comebacks and SuperBad. Those movies are kind of R-like rated movies. They were intended to entertain.

I looked up this movie, just to see if people with "common sense" would refer to it, as a family cute comedy. But no, again, I'll say it, "Tom Hanks" isn't in it. His boring movie "Big" is a classic and in a shrine. Boring as it was back in the 80's and even now.

This movie, caught my attention as a kid, due to a main character, a monkey. The movie had a perfect cast. I've gotten my friends started on this movie and they agree, "wonderful family comedy". It is made in the mid to late 80's, so for a funny clean hearted movie, how can any "loser" find anything negative about it. That's right, no Tom Hanks.

The same people who have said negative things about each and every good comedy I liked believed that Will middle age Ferrell is funny. When he's not funny but annoying looking. His movies are considered good, but why? If you can find this movie on DVD, but it asap, "absolute classic".

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