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Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (1984)

A shipping disaster in the nineteenth century has stranded a man and woman in the wilds of Africa. The lady is pregnant, and gives birth to a son in their tree house. The mother dies soon ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... The Sixth Earl of Greystoke
... Capitaine Phillippe D'Arnot
... Lord Charles Esker
... John Clayton / Tarzan, Lord of the Apes
... Miss Jane Porter
... Lady Alice Clayton
... Jeffson Brown
... Major Jack Downing
... Sir Hugh Belcher
... Lord John 'Jack' Clayton
... Captain Billings
Hilton McRae ... Willy
... Buller
Ravinder ... Dean
John Wells ... Sir Evelyn Blount
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Storyline

A shipping disaster in the nineteenth century has stranded a man and woman in the wilds of Africa. The lady is pregnant, and gives birth to a son in their tree house. The mother dies soon afterwards. An ape enters the house and kills the father, and a female ape takes the tiny boy as a replacement for her own dead infant, and raises him as her son. Twenty years later, Captaine Phillippe D'Arnot discovers the man who thinks he is an ape. Evidence in the tree house leads him to believe that he is the direct descendant of the Earl of Greystoke, and thus takes it upon himself to return the man to civilization. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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Based on the story 'Tarzan of the Apes' by Edgar Rice Burroughs. See more »

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Adventure | Drama

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PG | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

30 March 1984 (USA)  »

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Greystoke  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$45,900,000
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(extended)

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(70 mm prints)| (35 mm prints)

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(Eastmancolor)

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2.39 : 1
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Robert Towne's original script ran two hundred forty pages. See more »

Goofs

When the Ape in the tree is shot in the chest, the bullet wound almost touches its left nipple, and sprays blood across a large area of the chest. The ape then falls, lands face down, and is turned over, Tarzan picks the dead animal up and carries it. The wound on the ape has moved several inches lower and at an angle to where it was last, and the blood spray has vanished. See more »

Quotes

John Clayton: Half of me is the Earl of Greystoke...
John Clayton: the other half is WILD!
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Connections

Version of Tarzan of the Apes (1918) See more »

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Riding On Top Of The Car
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Traditional
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16 July 2001 | by See all my reviews

Having seen numerous Tarzan movies over the years, I consider Greystoke, one of the best, if not the best. It played with all emotions. Christopher Lambert's portrayal of Tarzan was excellent. I have never read Borough's book, but this adaptation must, in the least, put any Tarzan movie that Johnny Weismueller or Lex Barker played in to shame. I have seen this movie at least 5 times and would watch it again and again.


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