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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 ... 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

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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 - Me Jane 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

The Dereks, John and Bo, had a high level of control on this picture. Together, they acted as star, producer, director, and Cinematographer. This was a reaction to their dissatisfaction with the direction of Bo's career after A Change of Seasons (1980), her follow-up to 10 (1979), in which Bo became a big star overnight. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Parker: Ape or Man, I'm still going to stuff him and hang him on the wall of my Club.
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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

Remade as Tarzan (1999) See more »

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Who looks better naked than Bo?
24 September 1999 | by SanDiegoSee all my reviews

Wonderful action-packed adventure full of delightful campy humor, sexy romance, and Oscar-caliber performances...HA! HA! had you going there didn't I? Come on folks! This is a Bo Derek film...Bo Bo Bolero Bo. The only reason to see one of her soft-core nudie romps is to see her romp nudie. John should have shot it as an X-rated film. Bo can't act, but she's always cute (and when isn't a perfect 10 worth watching?) For extra fun try a double feature with Tanya Roberts' "Sheena: Queen of the Jungle."


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