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Project X (1987)



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Project X is a top-secret government undertaking involving trained chimpanzees. Grounded pilot Matthew Broderick, assigned to teach the chimps how to operate a flight simulator, discovers that his charges are to be subjected to high levels of radiation to test potential human endurance. Risking a court martial, Broderick links up with Helen Hunt, the researcher who has taught the chimps sign language, to save the simians from destruction. The serious subtext of Project X is forgotten during a Disneyesque comic finale, wherein the lovable chimps nearly trigger a nuclear meltdown! Without taking anything away from human stars Matthew Broderick and Helen Hunt, we must note that the most engaging performance in Project X is delivered by Willie the Chimp, who essays the challenging role of Virgil the Chimp.more
Rating: PG (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Stanley Weiser, Stanley G. Weiser, Lawrence Lasker, Walter Parkes
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On DVD: Feb 22, 2005
Anchor Bay Entertainment

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Matthew Broderick
as Jimmy Garrett
William Sadler
as Dr. Carroll
Bill Sadler
as Dr. Lynnard Carroll
Jonathan Stark
as Sgt. Krieger
Robin Gammell
as Col. Niles
Jean Smart
as Dr. Criswell
Chuck Bennett
as Gen. Claybourne
as Spke Chimp
Mark Harden
as Airman Lewis
as Goliath Chimp
Duncan Wilmore
as Maj. Duncan
Marvin J. McIntyre
as Jimmy's Cellmate
as Razzberry Chimp
Harry Northrup
as Ginger Chimp
as Ethel Chimp
Paul "Mousie" Garner
as New Recruit Chimp
as Goofy Chimp
Reed R. McCants
as Lt. Frohman
Lance August
as Cochran
as Virgil Chimp
Stan Foster
as Daniels
Shelly Desai
as Mr. Verrous
Dick Miller
as Max King
Catherine Paolone
as Miss Decker
John Chilton
as Dr. Hutchins
David Raynr
as Airman Curtis
Lynn Eastman
as Sgt. Huntley
Kim Robillard
as Lt. Rainey
David Stenstrom
as Lt. Durschlag
Sonny Carl Davis
as Sgt. Ridley
Robert Covarrubias
as MP Rodriguez
Dino Shorte
as MP Jones
Ken Lerner
as Finley
David Hubbard
as Airman Curtis
Bob Minor
as Air Policeman
Raymond Elmendorf
as Air Policeman
Deborah Offner
as Carol Lee
Tee Rodgers
as Brig MP
Jackie Kinner
as United Way Volunteer
Mady Kaplan
as TV Announcer
Chevis Cooper
as Customer
Ken Sagoes
as Patrolman
Sam Laws
as Bartender
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Critic Reviews for Project X

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (8)

"Project X" reflects quality and care throughout, but its elements don't quite mesh.

Full Review… | October 26, 2011
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Plenty of strikes against this--moronic story line, obligatory animal mugging, more "awwwww" opportunities than any film since 3 Men and a Cradle--but it's still one of the most accomplished pulp fantasies in a while.

Full Review… | October 26, 2011
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Broderick is rightly more subdued here than in some recent performances, and supporting cast is discreetly effective.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Disney-ish drama with a conscience.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The director, Jonathan Kaplan, lays on the animal antics without stint; it's a one-ring circus. The way he tugs at our sympathy for the poor smart beasts may remind you of a house pet scratching away for attention.

Full Review… | May 21, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

It's as unabashedly political as "Silkwood" and unashamedly sentimental as "Lassie Come Home." Yet it remains taut and resists the temptation to paint the villains too broadly.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Project X


Not that I'm on the side of the crazy army scientist guys in this movie or anything, but I hate movies with monkeys. This is no exception, the story is predictable, yet the actors were good, but all the while I kept hating those monkeys who were supposed to be all cute, they get on my nerves.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

Sad movie about military medical experiment on monkeys. Stars a young Matthew Broderick and Helen Hunt who try to rescue the animals.

Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

Oh, how this movie made me bawl! It was the first time that I realize animals were used in labs. It also jumpstarted my fear of monkeys.

Allison Babka

Super Reviewer

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