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George of the Jungle (1997)

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

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Sam Weisman

Writers:

Jay Ward (characters), Dana Olsen (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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 »

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

16 July 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

George de la selva See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,878,989, 20 July 1997, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$105,263,257, 4 January 1998

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$174,463,257
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Sound Mix:

DTS (as dts)| Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

When Lyle and Ursula are going down the rapids, the shadow of a camera is visible. See more »

Quotes

[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

As the credits begin to roll, "Ape" suddenly calls out, "Hey, doesn't anyone want to know what happened to me?!" We then see a wild Las Vegas show with Ape dressed up in blue sequens singing "My Way." See more »

Alternate Versions

On-screen subtitles were provided for Lyle's European mercenaries in the VHS release. These subtitles have been removed from the DVD version See more »

Connections

Referenced in Smart Guy: It Takes Two (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Dela (I Know Why The Dog Howls At The Moon)
Written by Johnny Clegg
Performed by Johnny Clegg & Savuka
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Five stars for the under 12 set; three for the over
4 March 1999 | by dweckSee all my reviews

The assembly line of classic 1960s television (we're talking my CHILDHOOD, here) into 1990s movies continues with Disney's "George of the Jungle." The original Jay Ward cartoon featured terrible puns, a smarmy narrator, and the dumber-than-driftwood Tarzan-wannabe George.

The film version recreats all those elements with surprisingly good results. Fraiser as George gets away with an awful lot of mugging, but he seems so innocent and unaffected that he puts it over.

The SPFX are good in a Jumanji kind of way; movielovers with even half an eye open will be able to tell the CGI Shep from his real counterpart and the audioanimatronic Ape named Ape. But the HOW of this movie doesn't detract from the WHY... Cleese makes an effective British APE, and SHEP's scenes are downright hilarious (watch him play fetch!).

I also liked the way the movie kept the metahumor aspects of the series--here's a film that is clearly not afraid to make fun of itself. Pages of explanatory dialogue from Ursula, for instance, are dispensed with in speeded-up fashion (a la "The Gods Must Be Crazy"), complete with chipmunk voice.

By the final reel, everything degenerates into poop and pee jokes, which the prepubescent boys this movie is pitched at should find knee-slappingly hilarious.

It's tough to be too tough on "G of the J." All you need is a snippet of that infectuous theme song (Boom, boom, boom-boom ba, BOOM boom...) and you know you're in for a good time.

Sorta made me want to curl up in a big chair with my noo-noo and munch my way through a bowl of Quisp!


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