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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.

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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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$23,000 (estimated)
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Originally shot in 3-D. See more »

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In one of the first scenes, two characters driving through Seoul see the Korean World Trade Center, the "North Gate," and the president's mansion. The landmarks are several miles apart, in different parts of Seoul. Considering the short span of time and what appears to be a straight route, the characters wouldn't have time to see all three landmarks. See more »

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[last lines]
Tom Rose: He was just too big for a small world like ours.
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References King Kong (1933) See more »

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Excellent if made for comedy, Pathetic if anything else.
13 July 2000 | by See all my reviews

APE is a truly strange hybrid: my best guess is that it was an Korean Monster Film that got bought by an American Filming Crew who spent a weekend getting background shots and shot all the giant ape footage in their backyard.

From the first great line in the film in which a mildly depressed actor utters the most deadpan expression of shock to stock footage of a cow that becomes an obviously fake battery-operated toy in faraway shots this film is a laugh riot. The cherry on top of this cake is that 'Joanna Von Savant' of the title is really Joanna Kerns from TV's Growing Pains. Apparently the 1980s weren't a good time for her, between being fondled by a fake ape in a ripoff of a Dino Laurentis film or a TV mom to a bunch of stupid kids that go to a school that calls their sports team "Hooters."

In short, don't watch APE. Experience it and hope to God someone's future film career depended on this.


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