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

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Super Reviewer
½ 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.
Super Reviewer
½ January 5, 2007
Quite an entertaining live action Tarzan film. One more for the kids though.
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.
Super Reviewer
½ 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.
Super Reviewer
½ 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.
Super Reviewer
January 15, 2007
Tarzan comes to England. A little slow for a movie about the King of the jungle.
½ April 28, 2007
The first half of this movie follows the story in the original Tarzan of The Apes book. It's not exactly like the book but very close. The second half doesn't follow the book at all. The book has more action where Tarzan rescues Jane from dangerous situations. This movie doesn't have Jane in danger at all. When Edgar Rice Burroughs wrote the book very little was known about the apes in Africa. For the book he invented a species of ape that doesn't exist in the real world. In the book the apes were semi-intelligent and had an ape language that the young Tarzan learned to speak. In the movie they're closer to real apes but still are not gorillas and not chimpanzees but something in between. In the book Jane is an American who comes to the jungle with a group of explorers. In the movie the explorers are all killed by the African natives except for one Frenchman who is saved by Tarzan. He teaches Tarzan to speak and takes him back to England to the home of the Earl of Greystoke where he meets Jane who is the American ward of the Earl of Greystoke. The apes in the movie are people in ape costumes. This is one of the many movies where Rick Baker did the ape makeup and costumes. I saw this movie the first time in Seattle, Washington at the Lewis and Clark theaters.
½ 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.
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.
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.
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.
February 23, 2007
this movie was the first to be released in america with's more faithful than most Tarzan adaptions and beautifully filmed.
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.
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.
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
½ March 25, 2015
The scenes in the jungle are fantastic. I had no idea the movie was going to strive for such realism. At times you have to make a little effect to keep the magic alive, but if you can accept everything you see it's a rewarding experience.

I like how the part of the jungle where Tarzan lives with the apes isn't colorful and all majestic like it would be in a Disney-esque movie. It's actually kind of dreary. Very ahead of its time in that aspect. Tarzan's home is shaded, there's shelter in the trees and a waterfall to drink from. It's a practical location instead of a beautiful one. They used their brains to make this movie and not just their eyes. There's a lot of violence, but that's the kind of movie it wants to be and I'm okay with that. You can't have an authentic jungle survival movie without something bad happening. Tarzan himself is great. Christopher Lambert was born to play this role. When he leaves the jungle the movie becomes a little less interesting, but it has a satisfying ending.
November 8, 2014
I liked. I thought it was an interesting and reasonable telling of the story.
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.
½ 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.
½ 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.
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