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.
Rating:
PG (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Art House & International , Drama , Kids & Family
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Warner Home Video

Cast

Ralph Richardson
as Greystoke
Ian Holm
as D'Arnot
James Fox
as Esker
Paul Geoffrey
as Clayton
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
Roddy Maude-Roxby
as Olivestone
John Wells
as Sir Evelyn Blount
Eric Langlois
as Tarzan (age 12)
Tali McGregor
as Infant Tarzan
Daniel Potts
as Tarzan (age 5)
Ravinder
as Dean
David Suchet
as Buller
David Forman
as Primate Sequences
Paul Brooke
as Rev. Stimson
Deep Roy
as Primate Sequences
Sheila Latimer
as Duchess
Kiran Shah
as Primate Sequences
Andrea Miller
as Governess
Philip Tan
as Primate Sequences
Jacobin Yarro
as Riverbank Chief
Elliot W. Cane
as Silverbeard
Alisa Berk
as Kala
John Alexander
as White Eyes
Christopher Beck
as Droopy Ears
Mak Wilson
as Figs
Alison Macrae
as Jane (age 5)
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Critic Reviews for Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes

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Full Review… | March 25, 2009
Variety
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Time Out
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Full Review… | July 20, 2004
New York Times
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For all its flaws, Greystoke is still better than the romanticized live-action versions of Tarzan that Hollywood has produced.

Full Review… | March 29, 2016
Family Home Theater

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… | March 31, 2014
Mania.com

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

October 20, 2005
Cinenganos

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

½

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
Red Lats

Super Reviewer

½

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

Dean King
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
Michael S

Super Reviewer

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