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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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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

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$36,565,280
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This is the second film where Bo Derek and Richard Harris share credits. The first one was Orca (1977). 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

Jane: Oh, my God! You scared me! And I scared you.
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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 »

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Quite possibly the worst movie ever made
21 March 2007 | by skinnyjoeymerlinoSee all my reviews

In 1992 Miles O'Keefe told Joe Bob Briggs on TMC's "Joe Bob Briggs' Drive-In Theatre" that the audition process for the title role in John Derek's "Tarzan the Ape Man" consisted of being dressed up in a wig and a loincloth with other Tarzan wannabes and taken to a park in LA where they were told to swing around in the trees and make noise. "...and people were throwing things at us and it was--a mess! And on the basis of that that I got the part." Originally Lee Canalito got the title role, and footage was shot of him as Tarzan, but ultimately Miles O'Keefe was brought in. The orangutan who played Cheetah got taken on the publicity tour and Miles was not taken, presumably so he would not upstage Bo Derek.

After a memorable turn in Blake Edward's "10" Bo Derek settled into a brief career of movies directed by her husband John Derek as a chance to showcase his wife's boobs. "Tarzan the Ape Man" was the first of these, with Bo getting top billing as Jane, Richard Harris as Jane's father getting second, Cheetah the orangutan getting third and Miles as the title character getting fourth. Not much happens in the movie, there's mostly a lot of walking through the jungle until Bo announces "I THINK I'LL TAKE A BATH NOW". She continuously holds her index finger up to her lips for reasons not really comprehendable. Her husband's direction, according to Miles, was "Honey, get your breasts up." Richard Harris yells every line he has, Miles O'Keefe says it was because he was bored. Tarzan finally shows up halfway through, but he has no dialogue. All action scenes are done in slow motion so it ruins the effect and makes them way too long.

Despite 38 full breast exposures "Tarzan the Ape Man" is truly one of those movies that is so bad it's bad. Even people who love bad movies don't like this movie. There is no rating in this review because there is no way on IMDb to give a movie zero stars.


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