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Going Bananas (1987)

While on vacation in a fictitious African country, the young son of a US senator, his guardian and their guide must stop the corrupt local police chief and the shady owner of a local circus from capturing their new friend - a talking ape.


Boaz Davidson


Tamar Bornstein-Lazar (novels) (as Tamar Borenstein), Menahem Golan




Cast overview, first billed only:
Dom DeLuise ... Big Bad Joe Hopkins
Jimmie Walker ... Mozambo (as Jimmie C. Walker)
David Mendenhall ... Ben McNamara
Deep Roy ... Bonzo
Warren Berlinger ... Palermo
Herbert Lom ... Captain Mackintosh
Len Sparrowhawk Len Sparrowhawk ... Ship's Captain
Peter J. Elliott Peter J. Elliott ... First Mate / Clown #2
Fats Dibeco Fats Dibeco ... Sergeant Abdul
Graham Armitage ... Cake Waiter
Mike Westcott Mike Westcott ... Robert Anderson, American Ambassador
Philip Van der Byl Philip Van der Byl ... Clown #1
Bobby Porter ... Clown #3
Irene Frangs Irene Frangs ... Nurse
Simpson Correra Simpson Correra ... Dentist / Tour Guide


Deep in Africa's exotic Momba-Zomba Land, young David Menden-Hall (Over the Top) befriends a mischievous little chimpanzee--only to discover the critter can talk! Soon, his friends Joe (Dom DeLuise) and Mozambo (Jimmie Walker) are going ape trying to save the chatty chimp after he's sold to the circus by crooked police chief Herbert Lom (The Pink Panther)! It's one cliff-hanger after another as the three friends embark on a zany, slapstick safari into non-stop monkeyshines! Written by Wayne Russell

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Adventure | Comedy


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Did You Know?


Clyde the Organgatan from the hit Clint Eastwood films, Every Which Way but Loose (1978) and Any Which Way You Can (1980) showed up at Menahem Golan's office in which he shamelessly pitched this film to Clyde's agents in an attempt to sign him for his Cannon productions. When that didn't happen, he presented director Boaz Davidson with Deep Roy (who would eventually dress up as a monkey) and brazenly told him, "Meet your new monkey!" See more »


Ship's Captain: He's going to the jungles of Africa, slippers won't save him.
Big Bad Joe: Captain, I've been appointed as this boy's caretaker for the remainder of this journey.
Ben: Captain, my father arranged for a guide to meet us.
Ship's Captain: A guide huh? He'll probably eat you
Ship's Captain: .
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It could have been better, but their is still some laughs......
13 May 2006 | by niulii_01See all my reviews

i am one who has watched "Going Bananas", and frankly i didn't think it was awful!!!! it may not have been the best comedy in the world I agree, but when children watch it as I have, they do not understand a better comedy, but simply enjoy the activities of the monkey which I am sure puts a smile on their face. I too have laughed at the simple gestures, sounds, and of course majority of the skits. In truth a lot of people may find it awful because compared to so many movies that are made now, its screen looks generic.. It looks like you made it in the back yard, but honestly a movie started somewhere, and somehow, and what do you expect? it was a movie made a long time ago!

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Release Date:

12 February 1988 (USA) See more »

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My African Adventure See more »

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