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Link (1986)

Terence Stamp , Elisabeth Shue , Richard Franklin  |  R |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Terence Stamp, Elisabeth Shue, Steven Pinner, Richard Garnett, David O'Hara
  • Directors: Richard Franklin
  • Writers: Everett De Roche, Lee David Zlotoff, Tom Ackermann
  • Producers: Richard Franklin, Rick McCallum, Selwyn Roberts, Verity Lambert
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: August 21, 2001
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005KHJN
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #317,388 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Link" on IMDb

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a cult classic July 15, 2001
By Thomaxe
Format:DVD
LINK is one of these great Films of the 80's , it was made at a time when you could still go at your local cinema and watch a masterpiece , LINK was awarded at the FILM FANTASTIQUE festival in France , it is an absolutely brilliant Film , do not listen to "poor"leo maltin the so-called critic and his so-called humor , he does not know what a Film is . LINK is really a cult classic.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Elisabeth Shue gets her monkey on... September 5, 2006
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Everyone's got goals in life, things they hope to achieve at some point or another, and one of mine was to someday have my very own monkey butler...alas, after watching the film Link (1986) I'm having second thoughts as I've learned you can take a hulking orangutan out of the jungle, dress him up in butler gear and teach him to serve, but at some point he'll probably go a bit nutty on you and rip your arm out of the socket just for kicks...directed by Richard Franklin (Roadgames, Psycho II, Cloak & Dagger), the film stars Elisabeth Shue (The Karate Kid, Leaving Las Vegas, Hollow Man) and Terence `General Zod' Stamp (Superman II, Alien Nation, The Limey). Also appearing is Steven Pinner, Richard Garnett (Doomsday Gun), and David O'Hara (Hotel Rwanda).

Shue plays Jane Chase, and American college student in England who lands a housekeeping/assistant gig with an eccentric professor named Dr. Steven Phillip (Stamp) in his isolated, coastal country estate, the majority of the residents being primates (seems the professor's experiments involve trying to find the common ground between human and primate intelligence or some such thing). As Jane arrives at Doctor Phillip's home, she meets the three beasts, the first being an orangutan butler named Link (whose actually dressed as a butler and likes to smoke cigars...a habit he picked up in the circus), a young chimpanzee named Imp, and an older female chimpanzee named Voodoo. Not long after Jane settles in the apes stage a sort of revolt (Link learns of his impending `early' retirement), the Professor goes missing, and Jane soon finds herself prisoner within the house, which is fortified with bars on the windows, cut off from the outside world as someone (or something) has trashed the phone line.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Fun and Thrilling Suspenser. January 4, 2002
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This 1986 Horror Suspense thriller stars Elizabeth Shue and
Terrence Stamp ( Star of the Superman movies). It's about a Woman
who wants to spend a month in a Mansion with a professor and to
study two Chimpanzees with a Elderly Butler Orangutan named
" Link". But one of them proves to be aggresive and wants them all dead, but one of them has to escape the wraith of " Link".
It's one of my Guilty-Pleasures all thanks to Anchor Bay who brings alot of Great Horror and Sci-fi movies including some Good Guilty Pleasure movies from the 80's, and this one is like a cross between " Monkey Shines" and " Psycho".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Monkey see, Monkey DONT! February 17, 2008
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"There's just a few rules that you have to remember: 1. You're the dominant species. You must never, ever treat them as equals. 2. Don't ever let anything escalate. Always forgive them, whatever they do. 3. Don't get involved in their squabbles. They sort them out. And 4. Erm, some turds in the hall. Can you clear them up?"

Whenever anyone comes up with that kind of list in a movie you can start ticking off the order in which they'll be forgotten and place your bets on who dies first, and Richard Franklin's Link is no exception to the rule. It's not a particularly ambitious film - it can pretty much be summed as a girl stalked in a remote country house by an unbalanced killer, with the spin being that this time the killer is an ape - but it's a pleasingly well-crafted and executed one. Unusually for director Richard Franklin the influence here seems to be less Hitchcock than Argento, with plenty of bravura camerawork - complicated tracking shots, long lenses, multiple speeds and step-printed scenes that are far more effective than they have any right to be. Naturally the apes outshine the humans (Elisabeth Shue and a fairly brief but entertaining turn from Terence Stamp), with Locke the Orangutan giving a surprisingly layered turn as Link himself, the unstable former circus hack and "Master of Fire."

Barely remembered today, it's one of those films that just got lost in the cracks: a key and very expensive part of Verity Lambert's catastrophic production slate (The Holcroft Covenant, Wild Geese II, Morons From Outer Space, Bloodbath at the House of Death, Slayground etc) that led to EMI films being sold lock, stock and barrel to Cannon, who promptly dumped it with a token release. The film rarely even turns up on TV these days.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Species Showdown... August 4, 2007
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Jane (the ultra-loverly Elisabeth Shue) gets a job as an assistant to Dr. Phillips (Terrence "Zod" Stamp), and moves into his remote castle in order to help him w/ his ape experiments. Jane is amazed by Phillips' two chimps, Imp and Voodoo, but is especially taken w/ his orangutan butler, Link. Everything is great until Dr. Phillips goes missing, leaving Jane at the mercy of an increasingly menacing Link! Of course, a visitor stops by only to be dealt with rather savagely, and Jane's boyfriend arrives w/ two chums, unaware of the injuries and sudden deaths awaiting them! Ms. Shue's character is quite charming and even manages to be firm w/ Link when necessary. Mr. Stamp is also good, though his part is more of an extended cameo. LINK is a superior "animals gone bananas" horror/thriller. Some of the looks from that orangutan were actually pretty creepy!...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE LINK!!
This is one of my favorite movies. I had it for years on VHS and paid some money for it on DVD. It took a while to receive it but worth it for sure. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Alisha
4.0 out of 5 stars Wouldn't play
I had seen this movie back when it first came out, and I would give the movie itself four stars. This DVD was shipped from Italy, and perhaps has the European disc coding. Read more
Published 9 months ago by cbs3143
4.0 out of 5 stars UNSETTLING UK HORROR
Not widely known, this nifty 1986 British horror film stars a young Elisabeth Shue (was this her first film?) and mature Terence Stamp. Read more
Published on October 23, 2011 by Robin Simmons
5.0 out of 5 stars Link
If you haven't seen this move, your missing out. A true cult classic. Couple it with Razorback (filmed in Australia and a great job of it I might add) and you have a great evening... Read more
Published on October 22, 2011 by wenta
5.0 out of 5 stars LINK--THE MASTER OF FIRE!!
LINK---is totally awsome. In some segments you will laugh or even be frightened to death. He is one mean monkey!!
If you love science or even horror you would love this film. Read more
Published on March 17, 2010 by Heather E. Mcglothlin
4.0 out of 5 stars link
this was early elisabeth shue my opinion this was not a bad suspense thriller in my book entertaining and get,s you thinking about the habit of the apes could they do what,s being... Read more
Published on July 24, 2007 by James C. Stephens
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing Beats a Cigar Smoking Suit Wearing Monkey
How can anyone not enjoy a movie that has monkeys that wear clothing and smoke cigars? Mind you these monkeys are not animatronics of computer graphics... Read more
Published on May 10, 2003 by Casual Outdoorsman
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny and well done suspense and thrill...
This movie is not very famous but is a very well manufactured thriller. Miss Shue is very sexy and desirable, Terence Stamp is not the worst actor I have seen on screen. Read more
Published on January 2, 2003 by Kurz Schluze
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