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Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (1984)




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Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes is a reverent retelling of the Edgar Rice Burroughs original, with a 1980s-sensibilities slant. Shipwrecked on the coast of Africa, Lord Jack Clayton (Paul Geoffrey) and his pregnant wife Lady Alice (Cheryl Campbell) attempt to survive in the hostile environment, but both die shortly after the birth of their son John. Abandoned in the wilderness, the orphaned John is adopted by a family of rather highly evolved apes, and raised as one of their own. Years later, John-now known as Tarzan, and now played by Christopher Lambert-comes across a party of white hunters. Rescuing one of the intruders, Belgian Captain Phillipe D'Arnot (Ian Holm) from a horrible death , Tarzan is taught to speak English by the grateful D'Arnot. Coming across the remains and possessions of Tarzan's parents, D'Arnot discovers that the Lord of the Jungle is actually the Earl of Greystoke. Brought back to England, Tarzan is introduced to society, where his crude, apelike manners offend everyone--except the likeable (and painfully senile) 6th Lord of Greystoke (Ralph Richardson, in his final film role) and Greystoke's American ward, Jane Porter (Andie McDowell, whose Southern-fried voice is dubbed by Glenn Close). Disturbed at the notion of Tarzan's inheriting Greystoke manner, his more greedy relatives begin plotting against him. But it is Tarzan himself who decides that he cannot adapt himself to England-especially after a painful reunion with his ape foster father, imprisoned in a science-lab cage.more
Rating: PG (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Kids & Family, Art House & International
Directed By:
Written By: Robert Towne, Michael Austin, Michael Austin, P.H. Vazak
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 8, 2004
Warner Home Video


Ian Holm
as D'Arnot
James Fox
as Esker
Cheryl Campbell
as Lady Alice Clayton
Nicholas Farrell
as Sir Hugh Belcher
David Endene
as Boat Captain
Richard Griffiths
as Captain Billings
David Enden
as Captain
Tristam Jellinek
as Chalky White
John Wells
as Sir Evelyn Blount
Eric Langlois
as Tarzan (age 12)
Tali McGregor
as Infant Tarzan
Daniel Potts
as Tarzan (age 5)
David Forman
as Primate Sequences
Paul Brooke
as Rev. Stimson
Deep Roy
as Primate Sequences
Kiran Shah
as Primate Sequences
Andrea Miller
as Governess
Philip Tan
as Primate Sequences
Jacobin Yarro
as Riverbank Chief
Elliot W. Cane
as Silverbeard
John Alexander
as White Eyes
Christopher Beck
as Droopy Ears
Alison Macrae
as Jane (age 5)
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Critic Reviews for Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | August 16, 2007
Time Out
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Full Review… | July 20, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

As long as they stay in the jungle, this Tarzan may be one of the very best versions of the character you're likely to see.

Full Review… | April 1, 2014

Beautiful. A real view of an ape man clashing with the civilization.

October 20, 2005

vivid and involving

April 5, 2005
Shadows on the Wall

Audience Reviews for Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes


We all know the background to Tarzan. I liked the visual aspects of the movie (great apes), but didn't like the Scottish noble life as much.

Red Lats

Super Reviewer


Quite an entertaining live action Tarzan film. One more for the kids though.

Dean King

Super Reviewer

A great film with equally great scenery. Greystoke has become awefully forgotten, despite the fact that it's miles better than director Hugh Hudson's very overpraised( and multi-oscar winning) Chariots of Fire.

Michael S

Super Reviewer

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