Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
I haven’t seen enough Tarzan movies to say for sure that this one is the best, but it should definitely rank in the top five. Christopher Lambert plays the man who grew up in the jungles of Africa after losing his nobly-born British parents in the events following a shipwreck. Raised by gorillas, he is discovered in his adopted habitat by a ship captain who realizes his heritage and takes him home to his people. The process of integrating this very foreign person into straight-laced Victorian society has all the important social commentary that most adaptations of Edgar Rice Burrough’s novel seem to avoid. Andie MacDowell is lovely in her film debut as Jane, here a real lady and not a jungle goddess, though the filmmakers were disappointed by her South Carolina accent and had Glenn Close dub all her dialogue. The show really gets fired up, however, whenever Ralph Richardson is onscreen as Lambert’s closest relative, a truly sensitive individual who is as curious about his newly found heir as he is overjoyed. A wonderful movie, brought to life in gorgeous detail by the production team responsible for Chariots Of Fire.
Directed by Hugh Hudson
Cinematography by John Alcott
Produced by Stanley S. Canter, Hugh Hudson
Music by John Scott
Production Design by Stuart Craig
Costume Design by John Mollo
Film Editing by Anne V. Coates