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Tarzan, The Ape Man Movie

Movie Review for Tarzan, The Ape Man


Tarzan the Ape Man is an 80’s movie loosely based on the novel “Tarzan of the Apes”. Jane Parker’s father, James Parker, heads to Africa with the secret purpose of capturing Tarzan for fame and glory. His original plan will change drastically as it is Jane the one who is kidnapped by the wise Tarzan.

Tarzan, The Ape Man DVD

DVD Release

The DVD for the movie Tarzan, The Ape Man was released on June 8, 2004 by Warner Home Video and is rated R.


On the movie Tarzan the Ape Man we see the classical Tarzan story but from a more Jane-centered perspective. The protagonists soon fall in love and this brings a whole deal of problems to the hunter, James Parker.

But it is then that “Tarzan the Ape Man” goes from hunted to hero when he has to help Jane’s father save her from the jungle’s dangers.


Jane Parker - Bo Derek
James Parker - Richard Harris
Harry Holt - John Phillip Law
Tarzan - Miles O'Keeffe
Africa - Akushula Selayah


The stunt coordinator on the movie Tarzan the Ape Man was Jock Mahoney, who actually played Tarzan in two early 1960 Tarzan films.

Lee Canalito, originally cast as Tarzan for the film Tarzan the Ape Man was replaced by Miles O’Keeffe at the last minute. Also, this movie was Miles O’Keeffe debut.

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80's Film Facts:

The Movie Tarzan, The Ape Man was released to theatres on 07/24/1981 by MGM/UA, and grossed $36,565,000 at the box office in the US.

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