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The Ape (2005)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 18 June 2005 (USA)
A young writer, nearing a mental breakdown caused by his family and boss, moves into an apartment occupied by a walking, talking, foul-mouthed ape in a Hawaiian shirt and Converse High Tops.

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James Franco
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Cast

Credited cast:
James Franco ... Harry Walker
Brian Lally ... The Ape
Allison Bibicoff ... Cathy
Stacey Miller Stacey Miller ... Beth
Vince Jolivette ... Steve
Nori Jill Phillips ... Judy
Danny Molina ... Raoul
David Markey David Markey ... Flies With Eagles
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sydney DeMarco Sydney DeMarco ... Girl in office
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Storyline

Human resources drone and put-upon family man Harry imagines he could be the next Dostoyevsky if he could just get a little peace and quiet. When he moves into his own apartment to craft his masterpiece, his solitude is broken by an unexpected roommate-a foul-mouthed, Hawaiian shirt-wearing gorilla, eager to share his opinions on life, love, and animal magnetism. Written by Anonymous

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Harry Walker's life just got a little hairier.

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 June 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A majom See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Budget:

$225,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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James Franco's directional debut See more »

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Referenced in Half in the Bag: The Disaster Artist (2017) See more »

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The Swan
(w/Theremine)
Composed by Camille Saint-Saëns (as Camille Saint-Saens)
Performed by Clara Rockmore
By arrangement with Delos International, Inc.
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An Amazing Film
21 October 2005 | by PLKing1986-1See all my reviews

I just recently saw The Ape in Austin, and I absolutely loved it. To any who might doubt James Franco's ability behind the camera, this film will completely change you perspective. It was expertly filmed. The use of music to create almost a dance with the camera takes was wonderfully done each time. Perhaps my favorite part of this movie, however, is the actual script. Written by Franco himself, as well as Merriwether Williams, the writer of Sponge Bob Squarepants, it was originally a play, but it transferred well to the screen. Labeled a comedy/drama, each scene, no matter the situation, seems realistic and understandable. It is difficult to create a film that can make you both laugh while feeling complete pity, but this one does it effortlessly. Naturally, Franco's portrayal of the down and confused Harry is nothing short of awesome. The ending was a bit predictable, but this takes little from the impressiveness of the film. I give it a 9.


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