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Tarzan (1999)

A man raised by gorillas must decide where he really belongs when he discovers he is a human.

Directors:

Chris Buck, Kevin Lima

Writers:

Tab Murphy (screenplay), Bob Tzudiker (screenplay) | 23 more credits »
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 10 wins & 23 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brian Blessed ... Clayton (voice)
Glenn Close ... Kala (voice)
Minnie Driver ... Jane (voice)
Tony Goldwyn ... Tarzan (voice)
Nigel Hawthorne ... Professor Porter (voice)
Lance Henriksen ... Kerchak (voice)
Wayne Knight ... Tantor (voice)
Alex D. Linz ... Young Tarzan (voice)
Rosie O'Donnell ... Terk (voice)
Beth Anderson Beth Anderson ... (voice)
Jack Angel Jack Angel ... Monkey / Sylvester (voice)
Joseph Ashton ... Ape Boy (voice)
Bob Bergen ... Baby Tarzan / Snipes (voice) (as Robert Bergen)
Billy Bodine Billy Bodine ... (voice) (as Billy Warden Bodine)
Hillary Brooks Hillary Brooks ... Female Gorilla (voice)
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Storyline

The movie is about the life of Tarzan. Tarzan was a small orphan who was raised by an ape named Kala since he was a child. He believed that this was his family, but on an expedition Jane Porter is rescued by Tarzan. He then finds out that he's human. Now Tarzan must make the decision as to which family he should belong to... Written by Extron

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Two Worlds. One Family. See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

The song "Son of Man" sung by Phil Collins talks of Tarzan as the Son of Man. The actor Brian Blessed, who does the voice of Clayton, Tarzan's enemy, played Peter, a disciple and friend of Christ in The Wednesday Play (1964) season one, episode one hundred forty-four, "Son of Man", Son of Man being Jesus in this case, who first used this expression of himself. See more »

Goofs

When we first see Clayton, he's slashing down bamboo stalks with his machete and there's a large nick in the blade, close to the handle. As soon as he places the machete in his belt, the nick in the blade is missing for the rest of this scene. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Terk: Mama, look! Look over there!
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Crazy Credits

The title appears at both the start and the finish of the film. See more »

Alternate Versions

To secure a rating "ohne Altersbeschraenkung" (without age restriction) in Germany a couple of scenes were altered:
  • A scene where Sabor was off killing Kala's offspring was shortened
  • the fight between Kala and Sabor was shortened
  • the fight between Tarzan and Sabor was shortened
  • Clayton's death is shortened
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Soundtracks

Trashin' the Camp (Soundtrack)
(uncredited)
Written by Phil Collins
Performed by Phil Collins and *NSYNC
[Appeared only in the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack album]
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One of Disney's Best
25 July 1999 | by DanB-4See all my reviews

The true measure of a family film is to watch a child's reaction. My (normally jumpy) three-year-old sat with enraptured glee through this movie and was able to articulate the plot back to me with amazing detail. That's not a parent's rambling, its a credit to a brilliant movie. Tarzan ranks just below Beauty and the Beast and Little Mermaid in the list of the best of Disney's new films.

Disney formula (rogue orphan, evil villain pretending to be a friend, whacky sidekick, neurotic friend and lots a snappy tunes) has never been more apparent, but it works perfectly. But the real joy of this movie is its breathtaking beauty and the message of living without prejudice.

Don't expect anything new from Disney, and do not expect a detailed retelling of the original novel. But do expect to see their product refined even further and at its best since Beauty and the Beast. This is a kid's movie, but any grown-up can like it. Minnie Driver and Wayne Knight provide the best voice overs.

As my six-year-old daughter told me once, "I like movies with scary beginnings, silly middles and happy endings." Needless to say, she loved Tarzan. **** out of ****.


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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 June 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$130,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$34,221,968, 20 June 1999

Gross USA:

$171,091,819

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$448,191,819
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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