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Ape (1976)

A newly discovered 36-foot gorilla escapes from a freighter off the coast of Korea. At the same time an American actress is filming a movie in the country. Chaos ensues as the ape kidnaps her and rampages through Seoul.


Paul Leder


Paul Leder, Reuben Leder (as Reuben A. Leder)

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Complete credited cast:
Rod Arrants Rod Arrants ... Tom Rose
Joanna Kerns ... Marilyn Baker (as Joanna DeVarona)
Alex Nicol ... Col. Davis
Nak-hun Lee Nak-hun Lee ... Capt. Kim (as Lee Nak Hoon)
Yeon-jeong Woo ... Mrs. Kim (as Woo Yun Jung)
Jerry Harke Jerry Harke ... Lt. Smith
Larry Chandler Larry Chandler ... First Mate
Walt Myers Walt Myers ... Seaman
J.J. Gould J.J. Gould ... Soldier in Jeep
Charles Johnson Charles Johnson ... American Tourist
Paul Leder Paul Leder ... Dino
Choi Sung Kwan Choi Sung Kwan ... Film Producer
Bob Kurcz Bob Kurcz ... American Actor
Jules Levey Jules Levey ... Reporter


A newly discovered 36-foot gorilla escapes from a freighter off the coast of Korea. At the same time an American actress is filming a movie in the country. Chaos ensues as the ape kidnaps her and rampages through Seoul.

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South Korea | USA



Release Date:

October 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A*P*E See more »

Filming Locations:

Seoul, South Korea See more »


Box Office


$23,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Film debut of Joanna Kerns. See more »


When the giant ape smashes his hand into the house where she's hiding, Marilyn inexplicably runs directly toward the huge grasping hand instead of away from it. See more »


Col. Davis: [when the killing blow is delivered] Let's see him dance for his organ grinder now!
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Hilarious Korean Monster Film
10 September 2009 | by Flak_MagnetSee all my reviews

This is a great bad movie and many of the scenes are hilarious. If you'd enjoy watching a 60-sec slow-motion scene where a guy in a gorilla costume wrestles an obviously dead shark, thrashing it around and pretending to be in the throes of death, look no further. This whole movie is full of great scenes like that, and if it weren't for an overly drawn out love story subplot, "A.P.E." would be a 5-star unintentional comedy. You get a little bit of everything in this South Korean flick: "Godzilla"-style miniature sets, toy model animals and people, remote control helicopters, firework explosions, and of course, a guy in a gorilla suit. The plot is not important, really, and the film gets right down to brass tacks after about 2-min of backstory. Just know that there is a 35-ft tall ape, and he is going to rampage Korea. Throw in an American actress (Joanna Kerns, of "Growing Pains" fame), her reporter boyfriend, and a pair of Army officers bent on killing the beast, and you have "A.P.E." The direction and editing are sometimes stunningly inept, resulting in several great "WTF moments," including my favorite when a character is hanging off the outside door of a moving jeep, for seemingly no reason. Anyhow, I could go on forever with this one. As far as bad movies go, "A.P.E." is a definite keeper. You are going to get laughs out of this one.

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