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Tarzan in Manhattan (1989)

Tarzan goes to New York to rescue the chimp Cheetah, who has been captured by an evil animal experimenter. There, he teams up with Jane, a cab driver and daughter of an ex-cop private eye, who help Tarzan free Cheetah and his friends.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Lara Joe Lara ... Tarzan
Kim Crosby Kim Crosby ... Jane Porter
James Medina James Medina ... (as Jimmy Medina Taggert)
Jan-Michael Vincent ... Brightmore
Joe Seneca ... Joseph
Tony Curtis ... Archimedes Porter
Peter Sherayko
Robert Benedetti Robert Benedetti
Jim Doughan Jim Doughan
Oliver Muirhead
Darnell Gregorio-De Palma Darnell Gregorio-De Palma ... (as Darnelle Gregorio)
Joel Carlson
Jerry Queeney Jerry Queeney
Sloan Fischer Sloan Fischer
Terry Millines Terry Millines


Tarzan goes to New York to rescue the chimp Cheetah, who has been captured by an evil animal experimenter. There, he teams up with Jane, a cab driver and daughter of an ex-cop private eye, who help Tarzan free Cheetah and his friends.

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Action | Adventure







Release Date:

15 April 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Color (DeLuxe)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Joe Lara would later auditioned as Tarzan in Tarzán (1991) which he lost to Wolf Larson, but star as Tarzan in the unrelated series Tarzan: The Epic Adventures (1996). See more »


Archimedes Porter: And that's all you know about this current weirdo?
Jane Porter: He's not a current weirdo
Tarzan: Ah, I see. He's just ah, Tarzan of the Apes? Who escaped from a detention center and is looking for his lost chimp, Chiquita?
Jane PorterTarzan: Cheetah
Archimedes Porter: I see. Jane, look, I never interfere in your personal life, do I?
Jane Porter: Since when?
Archimedes Porter: Yeah but I'm telling you - this guy is a loser
Archimedes Porter: Hey, come here for a minute. You got twenty four hours to get out of town. That's it
Archimedes Porter: No Wait, no Dad you can't do that
Archimedes Porter: Why can't I do that? I run a business, a ...
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Version of Tarzan of the Apes (1998) See more »


Leave My Monkey Alone
Written by Warren Zevon
Performed by Warren Zevon
courtesy of Virgin Records
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This movie is the definition of bad cinema
19 March 2001 | by digitaldeath79See all my reviews

It really boggles my mind when i think that someone wasted a month or so of their lives writing this script. And then to think that he/she handed this script out to probably a dozen people and they all gave this project the go ahead, thinking that it might be a good idea to invest hundreds of thousands of dollars to make it, is truely mind blowing. Joe Lara is Tarzan, or at least thats what they lead you to belive. His acting skills fall somewhere between Ron Jeremy and Vanilla Ice. He plays a very unconvincing Tarzan in a caricature of New York city in the eighties. The only actors in this movie that i have ever heard of are Jan-Michael Vincent and Tony Curtis. Vincent and Lara are BAD ACTORS, and Tony Curtis acts like a bad actor. This movie is not funny, not romantic, not suspenseful, not beliveable and, not entertaining. Possibly the funniest thing about this movie is the fact that i found it on DVD. I bought it for $2 out of a clearance bin to give as a joke gift to a film buff friend of mine. This is THE ONLY valid reason that anyone would ever want to purchace this horrible, horrible film.

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