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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.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Jane Parker
... James Parker
... Harry Holt
... Tarzan
Akushula Selayah ... Africa
Steve Strong ... Ivory King
Maxime Philoe ... Riano
Leonard Bailey ... Feathers
... Club Member (voice)
... 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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Adventure | Drama

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24 July 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Tarzan, the Ape Man  »

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$6,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$36,565,280
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The only R-rated Tarzan film. The previous Tarzan film before this, Tarzan's Deadly Silence (1970) (actually 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's establishment in 1968. Later films such as Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (1984) received a PG, as did Tarzan and the Lost City (1998). Alas, even in 2016, The Legend of Tarzan is PG-13 See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Jane: They're painting me.
Parker: Jane.
Jane: They're painting my hair.
Parker: Jane.
Jane: They're painting it white.
Parker: Jane! Jane, listen to me. Jane, do you like merry-go-rounds?
Jane: Merry-go-rounds?
Parker: Yes. We will take a ride on one. You and I together. We'll bring Mr. Holt with us. Mr. Holt, you will take a ride with us on a merry-go-round. We'll go round and round the heavens of the Greek gods! Jane, I see - Aphrodite. And she's not half as beautiful as you are! Who do you see Jane?
Jane: Who do I see? Oh, God, who do I see? Who do I ...
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Beautifully Photographed and Beautiful Subject Matter
26 December 2008 | by See all my reviews

Having seen "10" about a year earlier, and thinking Tarzan the Ape Man might be similarly funny and entertaining, I took the 45 minute drive from a very rural town in San Mateo County, California "over the hill" to San Carlos to see a late night showing one Friday night in 1981. There were only a few people in the theater when the show started and several left as the movie dragged on. I was bored out of my mind except when Bo Derek found herself in a situation where she could shed her clothes. From the standpoint of pure physical beauty of human form, Bo Derek was at her physical peak when her husband shot her for this film. Twenty-seven years later, I remember in vivid detail the scene of her coming out of the ocean in full-frontal nudity. A 12 or 14 foot tall image of Bo's glistening wet body strolling up and out of the blue ocean directly towards the camera, into bright sunlight is one of the most beautiful images a person could ever imagine. She is stunning and the image will be burned into my memory for the rest of my life. When VHS was available in the late 80's or early 90's, I rented a copy from RKO video and was disappointed that most of that scene had been cut. If anyone knows where an uncut version is available, I would surely enjoy reliving the experience.


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