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The Legend of Tarzan (2016)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 1 July 2016 (USA)
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Tarzan, having acclimated to life in London, is called back to his former home in the jungle to investigate the activities at a mining encampment.

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Following his parents' death in Africa, John Clayton has been be raised by an ape, was known by the name Tarzan, but eventually left Africa and for his parents' home in England, along with the woman he fell in love with and married, Jane Porter. He is asked by Belgian King Leopold to go to Africa to see what he has done there to help the country. Initially, he refuses. But an American, George Washington Williams, wants him to accept so he can accompany him. He says that Leopold might be committing all sorts of atrocities to achieve his goal, like slavery. Clayton agrees and his wife insists that she accompany him because she misses Africa. When they arrive, a man named Rom, who works for Leopold, attacks their village and captures Tarzan and Jane. With Washington's help he escapes and sets out to rescue Jane by going across the jungle. Washington joins him despite being told that he might not make it. Written by w

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Rated PG-13 for sequences of action and violence, some sensuality and brief rude dialogue | See all certifications »

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Budget:

$180,000,000 (estimated)

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$38,527,856 (USA) (3 July 2016)

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$126,643,061 (USA)
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The second film in which Christoph Waltz and Samuel L. Jackson play adversaries. In Django Unchained, Waltz was the "good guy" and Jackson was the villain. In this film, it is Jackson who is a good guy and Waltz who is a villain. See more »

Goofs

On several occasions we can see wild carrot plants, like in the beginning of the movie where Mr Waltz is picking one. The Daucus carrota, wild carrot, is common in England where the movie was shot. Its not an African plant, most certainly not at the time the film was supposed to happen. See more »

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[first lines]
Captain Moulle: Mr. Rom.
Leon Rom: [looking up at stone] Opar! We found it.
Belgian Soldier: Captain Moulle?
Captain Moulle: Form your lines...
Belgian Soldier: [the gatling gun is rolled forward] Maxim ready, sir!
Captain Moulle: Steady... Wait... Fire!
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Featured in The Legend of Tarzan: Gabon to the Screen (2016) See more »

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OPAR ADVANCE
Written & Produced by Rupert Gregson-Williams & LEBO MORAKE
Performed by ZOE MTHIYANE
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(heavy sigh) It's OK, but it could have been great
10 July 2016 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

The core Tarzan story is not only iconic, it speaks to something deep within us. It is at the same time the ultimate Romance and the ultimate Action tale. It is no coincidence that, almost a century ago, when young Hollywood looked to find a franchise for its new "talkie" motion pictures, they turned to the Tarzan tale, and spawned a franchise so successful that it literally outlived the shelf life of its star.

In my lifetime I have seen well over a dozen versions, retellings and re-imaginings of the Tarzan story. I have no doubt that after I am gone, producers and writers will continue to be attracted to it and continue to "make their bones" by bending it to their unique style.

That said, this one is not especially good. After a great opening scene, there is the filmic equivalent of "dead air" for about 35 minutes and when the script does finally get in gear it stumbles and falls, subject to a wildly disjointed narrative and equally bizarre editing.

Alexander Skarsgård has been impressive in other films (a race driver, a superhero) and I think with different material and a different director he could have connected. Christoph Waltz and Sam Jackson remain two of the most over-exposed stars in Hollywood and, good as they are, they are running out of clever ways to play the same character over and over. And over. And over.


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