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Project X (1987)

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Air Force pilot Jimmy Garrett joins a top secret military experiment involving chimps, but begins to suspect there might be something more to the mysterious "Project X".



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Willie ...
Okko ...
Karanja ...
Luke ...
Harry ...
Arthur ...
Ciafu ...
Lucy ...
Lulu ...
Mousie ...
New Recruit
Dr. Carroll (as Bill Sadler)
Johnny Ray McGhee ...
Sgt. Krieger


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 <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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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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Box Office


$18,000,000 (estimated)


$18,532,286 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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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 "Battlestar Gallactica" fame. Norman B. Schwartz was the vocal effects director. See more »


The patch on Jimmy's fatigues is color. By 1983, the USAF had converted the patches on the olive drab fatigue uniforms to a subdued, more camouflaged version. See more »


Jimmy Garrett: A human pilot would react differently, because a human pilot would know that he's going to die.
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Wonderful film--GREAT MUSIC!!! But where is the soundtrack???
13 November 1999 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Ever get that feeling to just watch a movie and bawl your eyes out? I'm one of those people who feels that it's healthy to really cry once in a while. This movie will do it to you. Many sad moments during the film--but I must say the ending is one of those happy tear-jerker endings. Truly, the personification of the chimps increased the emotional awareness of the film--you react to the chimps' feelings at least as much as the humans'. What I think really made the emotions fly out of me was the music. James Horner's score takes you through the clouds on wondrous flights of melody and also puts you through torturous periods of mourning and sorrow. His use of a gorgeous flute instrument combines innocence with a bit of an African tone. Being a great James Horner fan, collecting scores such as Legends of the Fall and Titanic, I was very disappointed to find that the score for Project X is only available on the black market! To this day I can't figure out why. If you've seen this film and know anything about the soundtrack, feel free to e-mail me. If you've not seen it, pop it in the VCR and you'll see what I'm talking about. Just make sure you grab a box of Kleenex!

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