While on an African expedition with her father, Jane Parker meets Tarzan, and the two become fascinated by each other.


John Derek


Tom Rowe (screenplay by), Edgar Rice Burroughs (based upon the characters created by) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Bo Derek ... Jane Parker
Richard Harris ... James Parker
John Phillip Law ... Harry Holt
Miles O'Keeffe ... Tarzan
Akushula Selayah Akushula Selayah ... Africa
Steve Strong Steve Strong ... Ivory King
Maxime Philoe Maxime Philoe ... Riano
Leonard Bailey Leonard Bailey ... Feathers
Wilfrid Hyde-White ... Club Member (voice)
Laurie Main ... Club Member (voice)
Harold Ayer ... Club Member (voice)


The Tarzan story from Jane's point of view. Jane Parker visits her father in Africa where she joins him on an expedition. A couple of brief encounters with Tarzan establish a (sexual) bond between her and Tarzan. When the expedition is captured by savages, Tarzan comes to the rescue. Written by Anonymous

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The most beautiful woman of our time in the most erotic adventure of all time. See more »


Adventure | Drama


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The only R-rated Tarzan film. The film before this, Tarzan's Deadly Silence (1970), a compilation of Ron Ely television episodes, received a G-rating. Despite the vast number of Tarzan films made over the years, most of them came out before the MPAA code was created in 1968. Later films, such as Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (1984) and Tarzan and the Lost City (1998), received a PG. See more »


When Jane fights the snake in the river, it changes from a reticulated python to a Burmese python and back several times. See more »


Parker: You don't find me a very pretty sight, do you?
Jane: I don't find you a pretty sight.
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Crazy Credits

On the MGM logo the MGM lion's roar is replaced with Tarzan's yell. See more »

Alternate Versions

CBS edited 17 minutes from this film for its 1983 network television premiere. See more »


Featured in The Great British Sunday (2008) See more »

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A legendarily bad film
4 December 2002 | by barnabyrudgeSee all my reviews

So, just how bad is the 1981 version of Tarzan the Ape Man? Everybody knows that it has a reputation as one of the very worst movies ever made, so when you sit down to watch it, you know it's going to be rubbish. The main element of fun is experiencing just how bad it really is. Can it really surpass Plan 9 From Outer Space? Is it as idiotic as Astro Zombies? Is it as boring as The Bible....in the Beginning? Is it as unintentionally funny as The Swarm? The answer is.... yes! This movie really is right down there with the worst twenty or so films ever made.

The story focuses more on Jane (the talentless Bo Derek), who arrives in Africa to reunite with her tyrannical, boozy, abusive father (Richard Harris). During a jungle expedition, she goes missing and is rescued by ape man Tarzan (Miles O'Keefe), only to fall in love with him.

O'Keefe is unquestionably the worst Tarzan ever, and Derek is probably the worst Jane. Richard Harris's performance is energetic and entertaining, but why he bothered to put in such a lively performance is anybody's guess. It's certainly a wasted effort.

The backdrop is nicely photographed, but then again anyone can design a nice postcard. The characters moving around in front of the scenery are so banal and idiotic that the film fails on every level. The worst moment of all is the dreary slow-motion snake wrestling sequence.

Miss this movie at all costs. Unless you want to compile a list of the worst films ever.... if that's your aim, then this is a must!

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Release Date:

24 July 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tarzan, the Ape Man - Me Jane See more »

Filming Locations:

Seychelles See more »


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$6,500,000 (estimated)

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