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Tarzan and the Lost City (1998)

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Tarzan returns to his homeland of Africa to save his home from destruction.


Carl Schenkel


Edgar Rice Burroughs (stories), Bayard Johnson (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
1 nomination. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Casper Van Dien ... Tarzan
Jane March ... Jane Porter
Steven Waddington ... Ravens (as Steve Waddington)
Winston Ntshona ... Mugambe
Rapulana Seiphemo Rapulana Seiphemo ... Kaya
Ian Roberts Ian Roberts ... Captain Dooley
Sean Taylor Sean Taylor ... Wilkes
Gys de Villiers Gys de Villiers ... Schiller (as Gys De Villers)
Russel Savadier Russel Savadier ... Archer
Paul Buckby ... Jerjynski
Zane Meas Zane Meas ... Knowles
Barry Berk Barry Berk ... Burke
Michael Gritten Michael Gritten ... Devlin
Dimitri Cassar Dimitri Cassar ... Klemmer
Tony Caprari Tony Caprari ... Ritter


On the eve of his wedding, John Clayton, Lord of Greystoke (better known as Tarzan), receives a message from the witch doctor Mugambe that his homeland is in danger. It turns out that a treasure hunter named Ravens is searching for the lost city of Opar, and is destroying the jungle and desecrating the villagers' burial grounds in the process. Only Tarzan can stop Ravens and set things right in the African jungle, but will Jane stand for her fiance being away for so long? Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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The Lord of the Apes returns to the jungle to save the heart of civilization from the forces of evil. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for adventure violence | See all certifications »

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USA | Germany | Australia


English | Zulu

Release Date:

24 April 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tarzan Jungle Warrior See more »

Filming Locations:

South Africa


Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,110,564, 26 April 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


This was the first Tarzan movie shot entirely in Africa. See more »


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Version of Tarzan of the Apes (1918) See more »

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The Eternal Jungle Man
11 August 2008 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Casper Van Dien joins a long list of actors/athletes to essay the part of Edgar Rice Burroughs famous man of the jungle. As far as looks go he certainly fits the role, loincloth and all.

Tarzan is as eternal on the screen in his history as Sherlock Holmes. Both of them if you remember were brought up to date during World War II to aid the Allied effort. And Tarzan had several modern adventures through his many films and television roles right up through the nineties.

But on the cusp of a new millennium the Ape Man is returned to the period in time where Edgar Rice Burroughs set him in, clearly in British colonial Africa. Tarzan in fact has returned home to claim the title of the Earl of Greystoke and he's going to marry Jane March as Jane Porter.

But Van Dien gets one of those instinctive feelings, the kind that Chuck Norris gets when his Cherokee people are in trouble on Walker, Texas Ranger. He postpones the wedding to an exasperated Jane and heads to Africa.

Some of his native friends are indeed in trouble. A scientist who's hired a bunch of what would be called trailer park trash now is on the verge of discovering a lost city with untold wealth. It will make things worse than ever for the natives under colonialism if this archaeological Holy Grail is discovered.

Casper tries to reason with the scientist and then takes the more Tarzan like approach to the problem. But things do get real complicated when Jane follows him to Africa.

Tarzan and the Lost City is an old style adventure story with the benefit of 90s computer graphics. It's also politically sensitive, not portraying the natives as they were in those old Tarzan films from the studio days. And of course it's filmed entirely in Africa, certainly not done by MGM or RKO back in the day.

In the jungle Casper's great to look at and a wonder to behold. But why did he try to adopt that English accent. He sounded silly when he used it. You notice Johnny Weissmuller never even attempted one. Of course they did keep his dialog to a minimum.

Despite the accent, this latest big screen Tarzan is a good film and Casper Van Dien is a worthy successor to Johnny Weissmuller, Lex Barker, Gordon Scott, etc.

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