An Air Force pilot joins a top secret military experiment involving chimps, but begins to suspect there might be something more to the mysterious "Project X".

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Jonathan Kaplan

Writers:

Lawrence Lasker (story), Stanley Weiser (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Willie ... Virgil
Okko Okko ... Goofy
Karanja Karanja ... Goliath
Luke Luke ... Bluebeard
Harry Harry ... Ginger
Arthur Arthur ... Winston
Ciafu Ciafu ... Spike
Lucy Lucy ... Razzberry
Lulu Lulu ... Ethel
Mousie Mousie ... New Recruit
Matthew Broderick ... Jimmy Garrett
Helen Hunt ... Teri
William Sadler ... Dr. Carroll (as Bill Sadler)
Johnny Ray McGhee Johnny Ray McGhee ... Robertson
Jonathan Stark Jonathan Stark ... Sgt. Krieger
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A young inductee into the military is given the task of looking after some chimpanzees used in the mysterious "Project X". Getting to know the chimps fairly well, he begins to suspect there is more to the secret project than he is being told. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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Together, they fought the U.S. Air Force. See more »


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When Garrett catches up with Teri as she is about to drive to the airport the license plate on her car reads BDR 529, the same plate as the Bluesmobile from The Blues Brothers. See more »

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When Virgil is working with Teri in the University Dept. of Psychology he wants to play so he sets the hands of the clock to 4:20. The next time we see the clock it's set to 9:10. See more »

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Jimmy Garrett: Let's get the hell outta here.
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Referenced in NCIS: Los Angeles: Greed (2011) See more »

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You Baby You
Written by Chris McCarty and Gary Mallaber
Performed by Billy Burnette
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It's All About Us As The Self-Styled `Lords Of Creation'
18 March 2000 | by Dave GodinSee all my reviews

Yes, I agree with all the other positive comments posted on this film; it is a remarkable triumph that not only redeems our emotional sensibilities but makes us again realise that the unquestioning acceptance of `intellectualism' as the yardstick by which everything must be measured, has made us damn and paralyze one of the best parts of our being. With the rise of contemporary secularism, (and, so no one should misunderstand me, I write as an atheist), we have allowed science to become our replacement religion; seems like mankind just has to have something to `worship', but in doing this, we have, (just as we did before with religion), sanctioned diabolical cruelties against sentient beings, whether human or animal, in its name.

As Bernard Shaw, (and, by default, this movie) reminded us, the arguments used to justify vivisection are those which can be used to justify ANY atrocity, and PROJECT X rekindles that spark of humane compassion that materialism and self-regard have almost eradicated from our consciousness with their constant bombardment of `rational', dictatorial, and authoritarian notions. `We mustn't be emotional about these things' the `intellectual' and the `scientist' will retort, but why not?! Why not give animal beings the benefit of the doubt, if for one second there actually were any?

PROJECT X is a modern parable in both ethics and attitude; a powerful indictment of our misuse of animal beings. Mankind can't have it both ways; if, as the scientist argues, evolution is the means, then it is wrong to deny the opportunities this process bestows, (and which have so benefited us), to other species. If it is not the means, as the religionist argues, then it's simply a question of blasphemy, because these people assume rights which are actually denied them in Genesis.

A most worthy film which is well worth watching more than once, and a reminder that love and compassion can also be powerful agents of subversion!


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Country:

USA

Release Date:

17 April 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Project X See more »

Filming Locations:

Pasadena, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,309,985, 19 April 1987

Gross USA:

$18,532,286

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$21,589,395
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Dolby

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1.85 : 1
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