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

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Red L

Super Reviewer

June 15, 2014
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.
Anthony L

Super Reviewer

October 1, 2009
A chidlhood favorate
Dean !

Super Reviewer

January 5, 2007
Quite an entertaining live action Tarzan film. One more for the kids though.
Michael S

Super Reviewer

October 1, 2007
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.
garyX
garyX

Super Reviewer

February 28, 2007
A more literary and intelligent treatment of the Tarzan story, the quality cast and well fleshed out characters make for a far more fulfilling film than the usual Dr. Dolittle/swinging/yodelling combo.
deano
deano

Super Reviewer

December 10, 2006
Christopher Lambert seemed like a great acting discovery at the time, it is now clear that the role of someone half-ape, half-man was perfect for him.
Sean S

Super Reviewer

January 15, 2007
Tarzan comes to England. A little slow for a movie about the King of the jungle.
jam233
March 1, 2010
It is certainly the most realistic and believable Tarzan film made, thus far. Fine performances, especially Ralph Richardson. Impressive production. Beautifully photographed, and the score is one of the best from the 1980's. Lush art direction and costumes. The story is not quite perfect though, and it goes on too long. There was too much time spent in England, and I found the ending a disappointment.
laney33
June 29, 2008
I like this movie because of its weirdness. My favorite part is when the young Tarzan pees on the ape leader. He deserved it.
saltersheppard
September 4, 2007
Liked C. Lambert in this. The junge scenes are the best at the begining and at the end. His roar is believable...not like Johnny Weismiller's from the 40's.
joyouskiss
July 26, 2007
Would almost be called the best tarzan movie out there. Again a child left alone surviving the harsh forest life and raised by gorillas until humans invaded the forest once more. Taken home to learn once more his lost humanity, they teach him to read and all things on civilize life but they experiment on gorillas and open them up for science, this pissed off tarzan and he freeded one. Only to have it shot down, so he returned to the forest life, forsaking humanity. Wonderful acting, story and scenery.
raven6170
February 23, 2007
this movie was the first to be released in america with Lambert...it's more faithful than most Tarzan adaptions and beautifully filmed.
jjgaut
February 9, 2007
Incredibly intense, exhilarating adventure film... for the first half. The second half is actually a compelling drama about the attempts to make him fit into English society. It's extremely good up to a point, but it feels incredibly anticlimactic and unsatisfying. Those who are unimpressed by Lambert should see this however - he's simply superb, turning Tarzan into a real, believable, three-dimension character with only a small handful of lines.
omikan27
January 7, 2007
Mostly, I remember that they overdubbed Andie MacDowell's languid Southern voice with something more suitably chirpy and British, and that was so distracting I almost didn't notice what a horrible actor Christopher Lambert is.
richardcardellioni
November 27, 2006
I enjoyed this version of Tarzan. One thing I didn't like was their dubbing all Andie McDowells lines with some british girl. But the story was pretty good
filmlover1994
December 31, 2013
1981's Raiders Of The Lost Ark Is My Third Favorite Film And 1933's King Kong Is My Ninth Favorite Film.
October 1, 2013
Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes holds the achievement of being a wonderfully created film that stands as a magnificent technical achievement for its time.
Mainly because of the lavish locations used to shoot the film. Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes features some of the finest looking locations possible to have such a story filmed on, which makes it visually appealing.
Plus the way the apes interact with cast members is impeccable and makes this jungle tale a strongly
Also, the musical score in Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes is truly magnificent, strongly atmospheric and very powerful when it needs to be, able to alternate between atmospheres when deemed appropriate as part of the story. Its truly powerful and makes its story stronger.
And when it comes to acting, Christopher Lambert captures the role of Tarzan well completely through his physicality, particularly his aggressive hypnotic gaze which is what makes him good for the role of a warrior such as The Lord of The Apes. As his character develops, so does Christopher Lambert, and so Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes features one of his best performances.
Ralph Richardson also gave a strong supporting performance and really gave a good name to the film.

But Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes becomes held down by its slow pacing and extraneous length. Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes moves at a pace that is so slow that maintaining strong interest is a challenge for it, even with its fascinating story.
Since there is little dialogue for much of Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes, the atmosphere is reliant upon storytelling through visuals, but the repetitive and slow dynamics become dull as they are stretched over such a long time. That's the only real downfall of Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes, but its an effective one as it makes the film overall half boring.

So while Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes is half good, its half boring. By today's standards, it's a half decent film.
May 3, 2013
Francamente no ha existido un filme que retrate de manera seria y file la historia de tarzan, esto es complicado debido a que el personaje es muy diferente a como nos ha mostrado el cine desde la era del cine mudo; Creo que este filme es el que más se puede acercar fielmente, aún y con su desviación en la historia
Este filme tiene una fotografía hermosa, y la música de John Scott es también un gran logro. EL filme está separado en dos partes, la primera que nos narra el origen de Tarzan, es un tanto regular, no sentimos dolor y algunas veces raya en lo cheesy, lo interesante del filme es el segund acto, que curiosamente se aleja de lo que Burroughs hizo en la primera novela, pero es cuando entendemos que el filme es un análizis un tanto realista al mito de Tarzan, y su intento de readaptarlo en nuestra sociedad. No es mala, pero Greystoke cuando acierta, lo hace de manera hermosa, cuando falla, lo hace de manera atroz.
April 5, 2013
Memories from when I was a kid give it 5 stars.
November 17, 2012
I actually think this was better than Disney's version of Tarzan, because here, the animals, though they were animatronic, really do come alive in this movie. The plot is more of a statement that if you were raised by animals from childhood to adulthood, you'll always be an animal. The background music is not too bad, and the characters all perform quite well. Either way, for a movie that came 15 years before Disney's adaptation, I feel it does a better service to Edgar Rice Burroughs' novel than Disney's own film.
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