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Tarzan (1999)

A man raised by gorillas must decide where he really belongs when he discovers he is a human.

Directors:

Chris Buck, Kevin Lima

Writers:

Tab Murphy (screenplay), Bob Tzudiker (screenplay) | 23 more credits »
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 10 wins & 23 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brian Blessed ... Clayton (voice)
Glenn Close ... Kala (voice)
Minnie Driver ... Jane (voice)
Tony Goldwyn ... Tarzan (voice)
Nigel Hawthorne ... Professor Porter (voice)
Lance Henriksen ... Kerchak (voice)
Wayne Knight ... Tantor (voice)
Alex D. Linz ... Young Tarzan (voice)
Rosie O'Donnell ... Terk (voice)
Beth Anderson Beth Anderson ... (voice)
Jack Angel Jack Angel ... Monkey / Sylvester (voice)
Joseph Ashton ... Ape Boy (voice)
Bob Bergen ... Baby Tarzan / Snipes (voice) (as Robert Bergen)
Billy Bodine Billy Bodine ... (voice) (as Billy Warden Bodine)
Hillary Brooks Hillary Brooks ... Female Gorilla (voice)
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Storyline

The movie is about the life of Tarzan. Tarzan was a small orphan who was raised by an ape named Kala since he was a child. He believed that this was his family, but on an expedition Jane Porter is rescued by Tarzan. He then finds out that he's human. Now Tarzan must make the decision as to which family he should belong to... Written by Extron

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Two Worlds. One Family. See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

In the original Edgar Rice Burroughs novel, Tarzan was adopted by apes (chimps as seen in Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (1984)), and the only gorilla mentioned was Bolgani the Great, who was an enemy of Tarzan and the troop. This is the first Tarzan movie in which the apes that adopt him are gorillas instead of chimpanzees. Tantor was an old bull elephant disliked by the denizens of the jungle, Sabor was a lioness, and Terkoz (presumably "Terkina" known as "Terk") was a male ape and Tarzan's archnemesis within the troop. Also, Kerchak murdered Tarzan's family. The producers changed it not only to make him more sympathetic, but also to make it less gruesome for families. Even though Clayton (first name William in the book) is a villain in this movie, he and Tarzan are actually cousins according to the original story from Burroughs, William being after Tarzan in line of succession and therefore not wanting him to be alive. In this movie, Jane Porter and her father are from London. In the novel, they are U.S. citizens. See more »

Goofs

Clayton's thugs are first seen clearing the campsite by moving the stuff back to the ship, implying they work for the captain. However they then turn against Tarzan and his friends by locking them in the hold along with the crew before helping Clayton capture the gorillas. It is unclear how they allied with Clayton though it is possible Clayton promised them they would get paid handsomely if they help him. The thug with the long hair is implied to be Clayton's right hand man and it is possible he told him about him intentions and either paid him or promised him he will be rewarded if he helps him get the gorillas. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Terk: Mama, look! Look over there!
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Crazy Credits

During the Walt Disney Pictures opening logo, the background turns into that of a jungle. See more »

Alternate Versions

To secure a rating "ohne Altersbeschraenkung" (without age restriction) in Germany a couple of scenes were altered:
  • A scene where Sabor was off killing Kala's offspring was shortened
  • the fight between Kala and Sabor was shortened
  • the fight between Tarzan and Sabor was shortened
  • Clayton's death is shortened
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Connections

Followed by Tarzan & Jane (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Trashin' the Camp (Soundtrack)
(uncredited)
Written by Phil Collins
Performed by Phil Collins and *NSYNC
[Appeared only in the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack album]
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Chimp champ
23 September 1999 | by gazzo-2See all my reviews

This is a great film, it moves right along fast, has great characters, action, voice, music is just right, great animation, you name it. Lives up to the Tarzan heritage and then some. I highly recommend this one.

Definitely something to jump up and down about.


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Details

Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 June 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$130,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$34,221,968, 20 June 1999

Gross USA:

$171,091,819

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$448,191,819
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Sound Mix:

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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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