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Tells the story of a chimpanzee taken from its mother at birth and raised like a human child by a family in a brownstone on the upper West Side in the 1970s.

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Nim Chimpsky ...
Himself (archive footage)
Stephanie LaFarge ...
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Herbert Terrace ...
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Wer LaFarge ...
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Jenny Lee ...
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Laura-Ann Petitto ...
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Bill Tynan ...
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Joyce Butler ...
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Renne Falitz ...
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Bob Ingersoll ...
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Alyce Moore ...
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James Mahoney ...
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Cleveland Amory ...
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From the Oscar-winning team behind MAN ON WIRE comes the story of Nim, the chimpanzee who in the 1970s became the focus of a landmark experiment which aimed to show that an ape could learn to communicate with language if raised and nurtured like a human child. Following Nim's extraordinary journey through human society, and the enduring impact he makes on the people he meets along the way, the film is an unflinching and unsentimental biography of an animal we tried to make human. What we learn about his true nature - and indeed our own - is comic, revealing and profoundly unsettling. Written by Anonymous

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Rated PG-13 for some strong language, drug content, thematic elements and disturbing images | See all certifications »

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$25,820 (USA) (8 July 2011)

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$410,077 (USA) (9 December 2011)
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If ever there was a reason to end Humanity
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The first ten minutes of this painful documentary goes beyond any justice. The scientists involved in this corrupt and mindless experiment should be tried by a court of law for intentional cruelty and torture. If my tax dollars paid for this experiment then our government is corrupt with eyes wide shut. A Mother is systematically tortured by having 6 two week old infants chimps taken from her. The 6th being the title character. What was gained here was pure psychopathy. There was no need for this experiment except for vain exploration. This film gives every reason why science needs regulations. However, since this is not going to happen then will someone please point to the red button so I can give it a huge push. This is perhaps the most horrifying film I have ever seen. What were these scientist hoping to accomplish; to raise a chimp to be human? For what purpose? To serve humans? To be slaves? To fill a void? We have to be a mutation in the gravest form. I want these scientists prosecuted.


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