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Writers (WGA):
James Franco (written by) &
Merriwether Williams (written by)
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Harry Walker's life just got a little hairier.
A young writer, nearing a mental breakdown caused by his family and boss, moves into an apartment occupied by a walking, talking, foul-mouthed ape in a Hawaiian shirt and Converse High Tops. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

James Franco ... Harry Walker

Brian Lally ... The Ape

Allison Bibicoff ... Cathy
Stacey Miller ... Beth

Vince Jolivette ... Steve

Nori Jill Phillips ... Judy

Danny Molina ... Raoul
David Markey ... Flies With Eagles
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sydney DeMarco ... Girl in office
Dan Sackenheim ... Man in Cafeteria (uncredited)

Directed by
James Franco 
Writing credits
James Franco (written by) &
Merriwether Williams (written by)

Produced by
James Franco .... executive producer
Vince Jolivette .... producer
Stephen Kayo .... associate producer
David Klein .... producer
Zak Knutson .... line producer
Cinematography by
David Klein 
Film Editing by
Scott Mosier 
Production Design by
Marnie Shelton 
Set Decoration by
Grant Lawley 
Stephanie Wimmer 
Costume Design by
Marshelle Fair 
Makeup Department
Megan Finnila .... assistant makeup artist
Sarah Sullivan .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Zak Knutson .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Thom Buckley .... first assistant director: additional photography
Peter Manoogian .... first assistant director
Jesse Sternbaum .... second assistant director
Sound Department
David A. Cohen .... dialog editor
John Fors .... boom operator
John R. Fors .... boom operator
Vince Garcia .... sound mixer
Helen Luttrell .... adr editor
Klint Macro .... foley recordist
Shannon Mills .... supervising sound editor
Chris Navarro .... adr recordist
Erich Stratmann .... supervising sound editor
Eric Thompson .... adr mixer
Matt Walsh .... sound editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Andreas Burgess .... best boy electric
Matthew Deetsch .... gaffer
Lori DesRochers .... video playback operator
Neal Fredericks .... camera operator: "b" camera
David Kagen .... camera operator
Stephen Kayo .... grip
Paul Maletich .... first assistant camera
Diego Mariscal .... first assistant camera
Bill Reilly .... electrician
Michael J. Scarchilli .... second assistant camera
Robert Shoemaker .... electrician
Eric Williams .... still photographer
Paul Wojciak .... first assistant camera
Music Department
Erich Stratmann .... music editor (as Erich Stratman)
Other crew
Michael Bradley .... assistant to producers
Diane Collins .... script supervisor
Sydney DeMarco .... production assistant
Mike Cecconi .... special thanks

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USA:90 min | USA:92 min
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30 out of 60 people found the following review useful.
An Amazing Film, 21 October 2005
Author: PLKing1986-1 from United States

I just recently saw The Ape in Austin, and I absolutely loved it. To any who might doubt James Franco's ability behind the camera, this film will completely change you perspective. It was expertly filmed. The use of music to create almost a dance with the camera takes was wonderfully done each time. Perhaps my favorite part of this movie, however, is the actual script. Written by Franco himself, as well as Merriwether Williams, the writer of Sponge Bob Squarepants, it was originally a play, but it transferred well to the screen. Labeled a comedy/drama, each scene, no matter the situation, seems realistic and understandable. It is difficult to create a film that can make you both laugh while feeling complete pity, but this one does it effortlessly. Naturally, Franco's portrayal of the down and confused Harry is nothing short of awesome. The ending was a bit predictable, but this takes little from the impressiveness of the film. I give it a 9.

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