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Project Nim (2011)

PG-13 | | Documentary | 12 August 2011 (UK)
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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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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 15 wins & 26 nominations. See more awards »

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Nim Chimpsky ...
Himself (archive footage)
Stephanie LaFarge ...
Herself
Herbert Terrace ...
Himself
Wer LaFarge ...
Himself (archive footage)
Jenny Lee ...
Herself
Laura-Ann Petitto ...
Herself
Bill Tynan ...
Himself
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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Henry Herrmann ...
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Cleveland Amory ...
Himself (archive footage)
Marion Probst ...
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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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a documentary biased in the only possible direction
2 January 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is not simply about Nim. It is about PROJECT Nim. It's the story of all the lives who were involved in this chimpanzee's journey from birth to death. It is the story of their love and their guilt.

Looking back at this experiment now it is clear what everyone lost. But do those of us who see this documentary now stand to gain something from everyone's experiences? Was that the REAL validity of the Nim experiment - to show us the carelessness with which humanity can treat the rest of the animal kingdom?

Everyone should have a similar reaction to the film, and that is perhaps because it is too narrow and biased in its telling of Nim's story. But it is more likely that there is only one conclusion to be drawn from this tragic reminder of science's cold, sterile, objective failings.

Nature or nurture? I believe it's very clear what Nim would choose.


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