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

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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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Budget:

$6,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$36,565,280
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The Stunt Coordinator on this film was Jock Mahoney, who played Tarzan in two early 1960s films. See more »

Goofs

There are no wild Orangutans in Africa. They are native to Borneo and Sumatra. See more »

Quotes

Jane: What was it?
Parker: I told you. I believe it's Tarzan.
Jane: But, I don't know what Tarzan is?
Harry Holt: It's a great white ape. It's supposedly ten feet tall.
Parker: A great white man, supposedly one hundred feet tall!
Harry Holt: Well, it's a story. It's half man, half ape. Gigantic. White.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Guilty Pleasures - 1987 (1987) See more »

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You Tarzan, me...necked most of the time!!!
6 February 1999 | by See 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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