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Tarzan the Ape Man (1981)

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

Director:

John Derek

Writers:

Tom Rowe (screenplay), Edgar Rice Burroughs (characters) | 1 more credit »
2 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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 Harold Ayer ... Club Member (voice)
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Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Unlike any other "Tarzan" you've ever seen! See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 July 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tarzan, the Ape Man See more »

Filming Locations:

Seychelles See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$36,565,280
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This is the only major Hollywood studio production where Bo Derek receives top billing. See more »

Goofs

There are no wild reticulated or Burmese pythons in Africa. See more »

Quotes

Jane: [Tarzan starts touching Jane] Oh, God! Oh, God! Oh, God! The chapter always ended before this part. Mmm. James Parker, you might be right. He might want me. He just might. James Parker, it's wicked, I know; but, I hope you're right.
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Crazy Credits

Tarzan and Jane play with an orangutan throughout the end credits. See more »

Alternate Versions

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

Connections

Follows Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle (1976) See more »

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You Tarzan, me...necked most of the time!!!
6 February 1999 | by Mitzi-2See all my reviews

When I was a teen-ager seeing this film for the first time, I thought it was one of the best movies ever made. Of course, the reason for that is Bo Derek and her various states of undress in this film. However, now that I'm older, I can honestly say that this film is awful. Mind you, Bo Derek is absolutely incredibly beautiful, and she and husband-director John Derek make sure you see plenty of her. But when you take that aspect out of the film, it becomes one big dull ride. And Tarzan, well, he's all muscular like you think he should be, but when he sees Jane (that's Bo, of course) for the first time, he doesn't know what to think. This despite the fact that Bo is wearing a wet see-thru shirt, with her breast prominently displayed. Tarzan would be the only primitive man on the planet who would have that problem. If you are looking for a movie to slobber over a beautiful naked body, then this might fill the ticket. If you are looking for a thoughtful, entertaining and worth-while film, go elsewhere...almost anywhere else at that!!!


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