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Tanya's Island (1980)

R | | Drama | 5 December 1980 (USA)
A female model faces off against an ape on a tropical island.

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Alfred Sole
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Vanity ... Tanya (as D.D. Winters)
Richard Sargent Richard Sargent ... Lobo
Mariette Lévesque ... Kelly
Don McLeod ... Blue (as Don McCloud)
Donny Burns Donny Burns ... Blue's Voice (voice)
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Tanya (Vanity-D.D. Winters) is a drop-dead-gorgeous model who lives with her boyfriend Lobo (Richard Sargent), a surrealist extremely violent painter. Subjected to his constant abuse, she dreams of escaping to a desert island, and her dream comes true. The only other person on her island is an enormous blue-eyed man-ape (played by Don McLeod and voiced by Donny Burns) who emerged from one of Lobo's paintings. She befriends the beast and nicknames him "Blue." Soon she begins to feels a strange attraction to the creature. But Lobo appears on the island he is increasingly jealous about "Blue". He becomes determined to capture the man-ape and put it in a cage. Written by lament

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If you loved EMMANUELLE ... You'll go APE with D.D. Winters on ... Tanya's Island See more »

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Drama

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 December 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Beauty's Beast See more »

Filming Locations:

Puerto Rico See more »

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Budget:

CAD 1,400,000 (estimated)
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Mono
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Vanity plus Guy in a Cheap Gorilla Suit=Oscar Material
3 August 2008 | by Gargantua7See all my reviews

D.D. Winters (a.k.a. 'Vanity') was highly nude from time to time in this odd little film. There were two other actors, one playing her abusive boyfriend and the other is a kind, sensitive emotionally available guy in a gorilla suit. The carachter was supposed to be an actual gorilla, but the cheap production values kill any suspension of disbelief. Tanya is stranded on the island with her thuggish boyfriend, but the gorilla has special qualities that win her heart and drag the body into near-bestiality.

The last performance of Mae West was as a guest on the Mr. Ed show. She used her patented come-ons to the talking horse, plying him with seductive patter. That too, was odd. That episode and this film would make a fun double feature for a very select audience.


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