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Going Bananas (1987)

PG  |   |  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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Mozambo (as Jimmie C. Walker)
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Warren Berlinger ...
Palermo
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Captain Mackintosh
Len Sparrowhawk ...
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Peter J. Elliott ...
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Fats Dibeco ...
Sergeant Abdul
Graham Armitage ...
Cake Waiter
Mike Westcott ...
Robert Anderson, American Ambassador
Philip Van der Byl ...
Clown #1
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Clown #3
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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When Menahem Golan couldn't sign Clyde The Orangatan from the Clint Eastwood films to star in this film, he presented Director Boaz Davidson with a little person (who would eventually dress up as a monkey) and brazenly told him, "Meet your new monkey!" See more »

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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
[laughs]
Ship's Captain: .
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SHOCKINGLY AWFUL!!!
30 May 2001 | by (Queens, New York) – See all my reviews

"Going Bananas" is one of the worst comedies ever made. It has not one laugh in it. Not one. At all! It just meanders on endlessly for 95 minutes and goes nowhere. I've seen "ER" episodes with more laughs than this.

What a waste of comic talent. This has Dom DeLuise ("The 12 Chairs", "Blazing Saddles" "Silent Movie"), Jimmy Walker ("Good Times) and Herbert Lom (Dreyfus from "The Pink Panther" series). You might ask me, "Bill, how can a film with those three be bad?" Watch this movie and find out.

They don't even take advantage of the premise: a safari. I'm sure there are many comic possiblities in this. But a safari film can also be a thrilling adventure like Cornel Wilde's great "The Naked Prey". "Going Bananas" fails on that level also. The most threatening thing that happens in this: a chase in the circus. OOOOHHHH! I'M SCARED!

"Going Bananas" was apparently so bad that it wasn't even released theatrically. Instead, it was released straight to tape. I'm not sure which is worse: charging people $5 or $20 to view this travesty. Even worse than that were the ads: quotes (supposedly) from children who have viewed the film. Brother, they must have been on Ritalin because any normal child would hate this, just like my family did. Roger Ebert often says that a bad movie should be cut up into something the poor can use. My suggestion for "Going Bananas": could be useful to even out short legs on a table or stool.

no stars out of 4 stars


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