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The Monkey Mission (1981)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | TV Movie 23 March 1981
Second (out of three) made-for-TV Joe Dancer movie has the hard-boiled private eye teaming up with a chimpanzee, named Gregor, and the trainer Jimmy Papadopolous, who happens to be an ... See full summary »

Director:

Burt Brinckerhoff

Writer:

Robert Crais (teleplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Blake ... Joe Dancer
John Fiedler ... Jimmy Papadopolous
Pepe Serna ... Vito
Clive Revill ... Teabag
Sondra Blake ... Charley
Keenan Wynn ... Stump Harris
Mitchell Ryan ... Keyes (as Mitch Ryan)
Logan Ramsey ... Museum Curator
Alan Napier ... Briarton
Elizabeth Halliday Elizabeth Halliday ... Jennifer Athens
Laura Jacoby Laura Jacoby ... Charlie's Niece
Andy Wood Andy Wood ... Benny
Norman Rice Norman Rice
Cicely Walper Cicely Walper
Ted Noose Ted Noose
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Storyline

Second (out of three) made-for-TV Joe Dancer movie has the hard-boiled private eye teaming up with a chimpanzee, named Gregor, and the trainer Jimmy Papadopolous, who happens to be an expert sneak thief, against an electronics genisus of questionable reputs, named Stump Harris, to steal back a priceless vace looted from a family collection during World War II. Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 March 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Joe Dancer ja apinavaras See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Filmways Television See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The last film project of Alan Napier. See more »

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my funky vision of the monkey mission!
20 November 2008 | by farnumSee all my reviews

I love this movie! This is one of the best of all the monkey/buddy movies and TV shows that proliferated around the turn of the 80's. These include "BJ and the Bear", "Every Which Way but Loose" and its vastly superiour sequel "Every Which Way you Can" (for which Eastwood was robbed of his Best Actor Award by Robert Bulloney's Raging DeNiro), "Goin' Ape", "Goin' Bananas" and "On Golden Pond." Most of the scenes of Gregor were filmed using Coco, the veteran chimanzee actor, who of course stole the show. HOwever some of the more complicated stunts were actually performed by a little known stunt double named Jan Medlock, playing Gregor in a ape costume. This is particularly evident in the tightrope scene, where Gregor and Mr. Carlton do the little dance and shakes their butts all over the place. Its so funny because its true! I think everyone should go out and buy a copy of the monkey mission today!


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