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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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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.

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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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man vs ape for the pretty girl
26 May 2000 | by acmilannoSee all my reviews

A strange film in content and delivery. Tanya who is dangerously attached to her abusive artist boyfriend, Lobo, has an extended dream, in which she and her belligerent beau live on a deserted island paradise (cue gratuitous nudity over the opening credits). Tanya befriends an ape, Lobo gets jealous, and the trio fight in a manner which comes close to slapstick. The comic violence combines with sexual symbolism to create an unnerving mix. Perhaps the weakness of the film is Tanya herself, who provides a feast for the eyes, but leaves the mind a bit empty. She seems to spend the whole film both confused and amused by the whole situation. If the film is about Tanya's sexual naievity, then this theme is not developed sufficiently. For its weaknesses, this film is certainly a unique and interesting creation, worth seeing


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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:

CAD1,400,000 (estimated)
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Mono
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