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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 & 28 nominations. See more awards »
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Nim Chimpsky ...
Himself (archive footage)
Stephanie LaFarge ...
Herself
Herbert Terrace ...
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Wer LaFarge ...
Himself (archive footage)
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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Henry Herrmann ...
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Cleveland Amory ...
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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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Opening Weekend USA:

$25,820, 10 July 2011, Limited Release

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$410,077, 11 December 2011
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A project to produce a linguistically capable chimp instead produces an ironic view of humanity
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OK, so the idea going in to this film is we take a a baby chimp and test the nature versus nurture theory. Trying to see if we can "correct" their deficiency in human communication, if you will...

What instead results is indeed a spectacle to witness. Nim is indeed a remarkable chimp who was sadly the victim of human inexperience with supplying the type of care he needed and deserved. What we learn is not what a chimpanzee is lacking, but what humanity is.

I suggest watching the film with a mind towards what Nim himself must be thinking as you see his life unfold. Nim lives a chimpanzee's analog to a human life, but for a chimp, it is utterly horrifying to watch. But like any life, there are more lighthearted moments as well, such as Nim and his friend Bob with their "Stone." "Smoke." "Now." time together, which actually seemed to be Nim's best time with any humans.

All in all, this documentary of Nim's life serves as a reminder that mother nature made chimpanzees and humans their own devices for communicating and living separately. The two cannot co-exist peacefully within one habitat due to the gap in strength and cognitive intelligence. However this one chimp, Nim, came remarkably close to peaceful co-habitation and viable communication with humans and his cost for such was great.


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