A man raised in the jungle by apes falls in love with a wealthy American heiress.


Sam Weisman


Jay Ward (characters), Dana Olsen (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Brendan Fraser ... George
Leslie Mann ... Ursula Stanhope
Thomas Haden Church ... Lyle Van de Groot
Richard Roundtree ... Kwame
Greg Cruttwell Greg Cruttwell ... Max
Abraham Benrubi ... Thor
Holland Taylor ... Beatrice Stanhope
Kelly Miracco ... Betsy (as Kelly Miller)
John Bennett Perry ... Arthur Stanhope
John Cleese ... An Ape Named 'Ape' (voice)
Michael Chinyamurindi Michael Chinyamurindi ... N'Dugo
Abdoulaye NGom ... Kip
Lydell M. Cheshier Lydell M. Cheshier ... Baleto (as Lydell Cheshier)
Keith Scott ... The Narrator (voice)
Spencer Garrett ... Male Guest at Party


Baby George got into a plane crash in a jungle, stayed alive and was adopted by a wise ape. Ursula Stanhope, US noble woman is saved from death on safari by grown-up George, and he takes her to jungle to live with him. He slowly learns a rules of human relationships, while Ursula's lover Lyle is looking for her and the one who took her. After they are found, Ursula takes George to the USA. Written by Anonymous

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for crude humor and mild violence, language and sensuality | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


This movie was never aired on any pay-TV network, up until 2012 when this film was a part of HBO and Cinemax's catalog of archival titles from Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. HBO and Cinemax were the first and only pay-TV networks to air this film. See more »


When George is about to make the mega-swing over the river, there is a vine ready for him to use. Cut away and then back and we see the Tookie bird bring him the vine to use. See more »


[first lines]
Narrator: Deep in the heart of Africa is a place no man has ever entered. The place that belongs to the lion, the elephant and the ape. A place known as the Bukuvu. Travellers flying overhead can only glimpse at its many marvels, its sparkling rivers, its lush veldts, its billowy cloud formations and its hidden mountains. Never fear, my friends. All was not lost. Scraped and boo-booed, they searched high and low, but they never recovered their most precious cargo.
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the credits, Ape says "Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you the king of the jungle". You then hear George yell, followed by a loud thud. See more »

Alternate Versions

The Cartoon Network and TBS airings contain a short, extra scene: following Ursula realizing she loves George, she is seen going down a staircase and loading some bags into Betsy's car waiting at the bottom. See more »


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Dela (I Know Why The Dog Howls At The Moon)
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Performed by Johnny Clegg & Savuka
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Unrelentingly silly but quite fun if you get into it
28 May 2006 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Years after a plane crash in the heart of Africa saw him separated from his parents as a baby, young George has been brought up by the animals, specifically his friend Ape (who is an ape). Many decades have gone by when George's quiet existence is interrupted by a group of explorers and their guides. When two of the party get attacked by a lion George is forced to intervene and carries the unconscious Ursula back to his tree house. As her boyfriend tries to track down the mysterious "white ape", George and Ursula get to know one another.

Opening with a cartoon opening sequence and a wonderfully absurd and catchy theme song, the switch to live action doesn't affect the tone of the film at all as it remains as silly as the opening. Of course in many ways this is a problem because the whole thing is very silly and you really need to buy into it to stop yourself being annoyed by it. But if you do get into it then it is actually quite a fun little piece of nonsense that can be watched in mixed groups of adults and children. The material is very obvious but the knowing humour and cartoon-style delivery make it work on this level and although I laughed only once or twice I generally found the energy of the film quite engaging. The plot is not really important but it does just about enough to hold the whole thing together.

The cast are very much secondary to the whole air of the piece but they do well to buy into it. It is strange to see Fraser in this now as he has since been a "good actor" and also an "action star", but here he is a good sport and takes to the role pretty well even if he is found wanting in anything other than daft moments. Mann is obvious and lacks the material to have a good time. Church is the butt of many a joke and wears it well, matching the material and tone. Cleese is always welcome and is amusing while minor support from Taylor and Roundtree is good fun. Scott's narration sets the tone well and he has nice lines to deliver.

Overall this is a very silly film that will annoy anyone who doesn't get into the right mindset really early on. However to those that enter its own daffy universe, it is actually quite good fun – unrelentingly childish and silly, it does have a cartoony energy to it that somehow manages to work, producing a film that will please children and some adults.

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Release Date:

16 July 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

George of the Jungle See more »


Box Office


$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,540,791, 20 July 1997

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