Project X (1987)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi  |  17 April 1987 (USA)
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Air Force pilot Jimmy Garrett is assigned to oversee a group of chimps being used for top secret military experiments, but begins to suspect there is something sinister to the mysterious "Project X".



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A young inductee into the military is given the task of looking after some chimpanzees used in the mysterious "Project X". Getting to know the chimps fairly well, he begins to suspect there is more to the secret project than he is being told. Written by Murray Chapman <>

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Together, they fought the U.S. Air Force. See more »


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Release Date:

17 April 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fuga dal futuro - Danger Zone  »

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$18,000,000 (estimated)


$18,532,286 (USA)

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As the emotional sounds that chimps make do not in any way resemble those of humans, it was decided to create their vocalizations using actors. Every chimp sound in the picture, other than one very brief outburst, is ADR. The role of Goliath, the giant ape, was voiced by the African-American actor 'Arthur Burghart', who played Dr. Jack Scott on "One Life at a Time" and the smallest female chimp, Daisy, was voiced by 'Annie Lockhart' of "Battleship Gallactica" fame. Norman B. Schwartz was the vocal effects director. See more »


As Virgil is taxiing the O-2 toward the runway the AP radios airport security that the aircraft is headed down taxiway 3. At all airports taxiways are lettered, not numbered. Numbers are used only for runways. See more »


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Surprisingly, very good
6 April 2000 | by (North Bay, Ontario) – See all my reviews

Much to my surprise, it was easy to like this film. All of the primates did a great job, and although some scenes were a little hard to believe, the overall story had a good message and many terrific moments, especially towards the end. It was a very funny film at times, but for me, the more dramatic moments worked the best. A very enjoyable experience.

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