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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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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »

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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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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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From the director of "Chariots of Fire." 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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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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Trivia

The picture is commonly referred to by a shortened version of its long "Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes" title which is just the one first word of "Greystoke". See more »

Goofs

When D'Arnot sharpens his straight razor before shaving Tarzan for the first time, a close-up of his hands shows him repeatedly flipping the straight razor the wrong way across the leather strop, blunting the blade. A 19th Century gentleman explorer of the would never make such a mistake. See more »

Quotes

Sir Evelyn Blount: Although the circumstances indicate that he is your grandson, we cant prove it. Of course, we, erm, might be able to do so if we could do some tests.
Sixth Earl of Greystoke: [Looking out the window] He's here!
[turns to Sir Evelyn]
Sixth Earl of Greystoke: If he's a Greystoke, I'll know him at a glance!
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Referenced in Crocodile Dundee (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

Riding On Top Of The Car
(uncredited)
Written by Fred W. Leigh and Vincent Bryan (as V. P. Bryan)
Music by Harry von Tilzer
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Pretty faithful adaptation of the classic lore
31 March 2003 | by See all my reviews

GREYSTOKE: THE LEGEND OF TARZAN, LORD OF THE APES (1984) ***1/2 Christopher Lambert, Ian Holm, Ralph Richardson, James Fox, Andie McDowall. Incredibly realized adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs' classic tale of an orphaned infant raised by apes in the deepest darkest jungles of Northern Africa that eschews the old Johnny Weissmuller route ("Me Tarzan, You Jane") and instead captures the essence of the story of the man who would be the next Earl of Greystoke Estate of Scotland who cannot escape the upbringing by primates no matter how hard established (and snobbish) society dictates what is proper. Exquisitely breathtaking cinematography by John Alcott and make up artist/genius Rick Baker's ape creations are indeed a wonder to behold (the apes are the most empathetic I believe since his "King Kong" sympathetic figure). Richardson (in his last screen role) received a Best Supporting Actor nomination as the grandfather of John Clayton (Tarzan), gives a memorable performance. McDowall in her screen debut has her voice dubbed by Glenn Close thanks to director Hugh Hudson's supposed distaste for her unmistakably anachoristic Southern accent (as well as his rewrite of screenwriter Robert Towne's script that promptly led to Towne removing his moniker for the pseudonym of P.H. Vazak, which incidently is the name of his pet sheepdog(!) )


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