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A man raised by gorillas must decide where he really belongs when he discovers he is a human.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Clayton (voice)
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Kala (voice)
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Jane (voice)
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Tarzan (voice)
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Kerchak (voice)
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Tantor (voice)
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Young Tarzan (voice)
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Terk (voice)
Beth Anderson ...
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Jack Angel ...
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(voice) (as Robert Bergen)
Billy Bodine ...
(voice) (as Billy Warden Bodine)
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(voice) (as Roger Bumpass)
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Storyline

The movie is about the life of Tarzan. Tarzan was a small orphan who was raised by an ape named Kala since he was a child. He believed that this was his family, but on an expedition Jane Porter is rescued by Tarzan. He then finds out that he's human. Now Tarzan must make the decision as to which family he should belong to... Written by Extron

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An immortal legend. As you've only imagined.


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18 June 1999 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$130,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£140,378 (UK) (8 October 1999)

Gross:

$171,085,177 (USA) (18 February 2000)
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Trivia

In the original Edgar Rice Burroughs novel, Tarzan was adopted by apes (ie. chimps as seen in Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (1984)) and the only gorilla mentioned was Bolgani the Great, who was an enemy of Tarzan and the troop. This is the first Tarzan movie were the apes that adopt him are gorillas instead of chimpanzees. Tantor was an old bull elephant disliked by the denizens of the jungle, Sabor was a lioness, and Terkoz (presumably "Terkina" known as "Terk") was a male ape and Tarzan's arch-nemesis within the troop. Also, Kerchak murdered Tarzan's family. The producers changed it not only to make him more sympathetic, but also to make it less gruesome for families. Even though Clayton (first name William in the book) is a villain in the movie, he and Tarzan are actually cousins according to the original story from Burroughs. William being after Tarzan in line of succession and therefore wouldn't want him to be alive. In the film, Jane Porter and her father are from London. In the novel, they are American citizens. See more »

Goofs

Clayton speaks of having been in Zambia. Zambia at the time of this movie was divided into two regions called North Western Rhodesia and North Eastern Rhodesia, Southern Rhodesia being what is today Zimbabwe. See more »

Quotes

Tarzan: Kerchak, forgive me.
Kerchak: No. Forgive me, for not understanding that you have always been one of us. Our family will look to you now.
Tarzan: No. Kerchak.
Kerchak: Take care of them, my son. Take care of them.
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Crazy Credits

During the Walt Disney Pictures opening logo, the background turns into that of a jungle. See more »


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Two Worlds Finale
Written by Phil Collins
Performed by Phil Collins
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One of Disney's Best
25 July 1999 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

The true measure of a family film is to watch a child's reaction. My (normally jumpy) three-year-old sat with enraptured glee through this movie and was able to articulate the plot back to me with amazing detail. That's not a parent's rambling, its a credit to a brilliant movie. Tarzan ranks just below Beauty and the Beast and Little Mermaid in the list of the best of Disney's new films.

Disney formula (rogue orphan, evil villain pretending to be a friend, whacky sidekick, neurotic friend and lots a snappy tunes) has never been more apparent, but it works perfectly. But the real joy of this movie is its breathtaking beauty and the message of living without prejudice.

Don't expect anything new from Disney, and do not expect a detailed retelling of the original novel. But do expect to see their product refined even further and at its best since Beauty and the Beast. This is a kid's movie, but any grown-up can like it. Minnie Driver and Wayne Knight provide the best voice overs.

As my six-year-old daughter told me once, "I like movies with scary beginnings, silly middles and happy endings." Needless to say, she loved Tarzan. **** out of ****.


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