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Summer of the Monkeys (1998)

Summer Of The Monkeys (set in 1910 on the prairies of Canada) follows the story of a young boy, Jay, who dreams of getting enough money to buy his dream horse. One summer Jay finds four ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Ontkean ... John Lee
Leslie Hope ... Sarah Lee
Wilford Brimley ... Grandpa Sam Ferrans
Corey Sevier ... Jay Berry Lee
Katie Stuart ... Daisy Lee
Don Francks ... Bayliss Hatcher
André Thérien André Thérien ... Jobert
B.J. McLellan B.J. McLellan ... Toby
Danny Mulvihill Danny Mulvihill ... Phillip
Kim Schraner ... Rose
Melissa Lozoff ... Miss Freeman (as Melissa Thompson)
Wayne Best ... Mr. Patterson
Beverly Cooper Beverly Cooper ... Librarian
Blaine Hart Blaine Hart ... Conductor
Russell Badger ... Tom


Summer Of The Monkeys (set in 1910 on the prairies of Canada) follows the story of a young boy, Jay, who dreams of getting enough money to buy his dream horse. One summer Jay finds four chimps on the prairie who have fallen off a circus cart. He later learns that there is a big reward for them. Enough to buy the horse... however, as time goes on he befriends the chimps... and it becomes apparent that Jay can't bear to part with them. Written by Nate Gardner <KZegersFan@sugar-river.net>

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Release Date:

30 October 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El verano de los monos See more »

Filming Locations:

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,391, 1 November 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$22,500, 22 November 1998
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The book, had 50 monkeys and one chimp Not 4 chimps like the movie has See more »


The title of this film should more accurately be "Summer of the Apes" as chimpanzees are not in the monkey family but in the ape family. See more »

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Summer of a Boy and some Monkeys
7 March 2010 | by CDiabloSee all my reviews

Being one of the founding fathers of my regions monkey movie club(this also includes apes/chimps and orangutans) I am reviewing this film from a monkey movie standpoint. Afterall it is a whole summer of monkeys, 100+ days for monkeys to do what they do best, cause mischief, shenanigans, hyjinx, solve human problems and teach us about ourselves.

The story is simple enough. In short poor boy needs money for stuff he wants. Luckily there's a few monkeys(chimpanzees) that have a bounty on their head that would get Boba Fett or Dog's(Duane Chapman) blood flowing. As the boy tries to catch the monkeys he learns about himself, his family, his grandpa, the local weirdo, flirts with a girl twice his age and learns the beast way to deal with bullies is to have someone point a shotgun at them.

There within lies the problem. So much focus is put on the boy that the chimps just don't get the screen time they deserve. The chimps are not as talented as the chimp(s) that play Jack from the M_P trilogy or the legendary orangutans that play Dunstin or Clyde(1 or 2). So don't watch this movie expecting to find the next big thing in the Chimp genre. The chimps hit some sweet flips which is what the film needed more of. There is an epic scene of the chimps breaking into the poor families house and destroys all the things they worked so hard for. Serious monkey movie enthusiasts will want to rent the film for this scene alone.

So in closing this movie is not for the serious monkey movie enthusiast. I wouldn't recommend this movie to families as it encourages a childs rebellion against their parents. I can only recommend this film as a rental for hardcore monkey loving adults and well supervised children.

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