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Link (1986)

When a female zoology student is invited to a remote seaside mansion to assist a primatology professor with his experiments involving chimpanzees, dangerous events start to occur, all involving the intelligent 45-year-old chimp, Link.


Richard Franklin


Lee David Zlotoff (story) (as Lee Zlotoff), Tom Ackermann (story) | 1 more credit »
1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »




Complete credited cast:
Elisabeth Shue ... Jane Chase
Terence Stamp ... Dr. Steven Phillip
Steven Finch ... David (as Steven Pinner)
Richard Garnett Richard Garnett ... Dennis
David O'Hara ... Tom
Kevin Lloyd Kevin Lloyd ... Bailey
Joe Belcher ... Taxi Driver


Student Jane jobs as an assistant for the animal researcher Phillip in a lonesome old house. They live alone except for the chimpanzees and butler Link: a 45 years old very intelligent orangutan. Phillip wants to put Link to death. However before he can do this he's vanished tracelessly one morning. Link starts behaving more and more aggressive and prohibits Jane from using the phone or reaching the next village. When she punishes him by locking him out, he becomes violent. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Filming finished in July 1985. It was one of the last films made under the regime of Verity Lambert at EMI. See more »


When Link was getting Voodoo out of the cage there was a lock on the cage, but Link toke it off when it needed a key. See more »


Link: [On keyboard] COOK PHONE.
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Alternate Versions

There is another edition of the movie. On the French DVD and VHS, the film is longer and gives to the movie a much more psychological effect. If the first scene in the US cut is missing (the Imp's escape) all the parts with Terence Stamp are much longer and makes the movie much more coherent. Unfortunately, the only language provided on the French DVD is French. See more »


Features Blonde Venus (1932) See more »


Performed by The Kinks
Music by Ray Davies
Published by Davray Music Ltd.
Courtesy of Carlin Music
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An Entertaining & Most Cunning Piece of Work
17 September 2010 | by tequila101See all my reviews

To me, this film feels very mysterious in many ways. But that's what made this film fun to watch.

A young girl in uni is a scientist and she moves over to an old, run down house with a Doctor called Dr. Phillip. He is studying the races of the Chimpanzees. He lives with two of them called Imp & Voodoo and he has a butler Orangatanga named Link. One morning though he goes missing and Voodoo is dead. The girl (which I forgot her name) then tries to locate the professor/doctor and then there is a sense of anger in Link.

The plot takes on very well from what I have said. I watched this film at the start of the year, wondering what I would get out of it. I chose to watch this film for two reasons. 1. There where Monkeys and I think monkeys are great in any sorts of films what so ever, and 2. I just like horror. So with these combinations this is why I watched it.

I love the suspense that this film gives off once the doctor has gone missing. When this occurs your mind starts to have any vision about what could have happened to him.

Besides the fantastic plot, I think that chimps did a job well done, it must have taken hours for them to be trained! I also like all the music from the great music composer, Jerry Goldsmith. He was able to blend in the music really well.

Even if the deaths aren't as what you expect (Bloody, gory, which none of us like anyway), you will get a shocking kick out of this film.

I believe that this film deserves an 8.3/10, not a 5.6/10.

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Release Date:

19 September 1986 (USA) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$660,874, 5 October 1986

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1.66 : 1
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