Greystoke: The Legend Of Tarzan, Lord Of The Apes (1984)


Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB

United Kingdom, 1984.  , , .  Screenplay by , , based on the novel Tarzan of the Apes by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , Hugh Hudson.  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

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.  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.    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  dub all her dialogue. The show really gets fired up, however, whenever  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.

Academy Award Nominations:  Best Supporting Actor (Ralph Richardson); Best Adapted Screenplay; Best Makeup

Venice Film Festival:   In Competition

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