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Summer of the Monkeys


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Based on the award-winning novel by Wilson Rawls, Summer of the Monkeys. A fourteen-year-old Jay Berry spent the summer trying to catch and return the elusive monkeys that have escaped to the woods in return for a reward and use the money to make his dream of owning a pony come true. However, he learns a lesson in self sacrifice and love when he is forced to choose between his dream pet and his sister's future, in this classic tale.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Wilford Brimley, Don Francks, Leslie Hope, Michael Ontkean, Katie Stuart
  • Directors: Michael Anderson
  • Format: Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: BCI, A Navarre Corp Company
  • DVD Release Date: August 14, 2007
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000OTHVX6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,831 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

4.0 out of 5 stars

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Funkee Monkee on June 24, 2004
Format: VHS Tape
Like a previous reviewer stated, the title didn't catch me. The cover (I was 8 and judging by the cover was the way to tell) looked bored and showed off a boring deal. It didn't help that it looked rural. It just looked dull!
How wrong I was! I haven't watched this movie in probably five years, but I remember it's magic. It was just a great, simple movie. You could relate to Jay-he was the troublemaker, yet often felt ignored. Corey Sevier is one of those actors that you see everywhere but you can't quite put your finger on it--but he's great!
The highlights of this movie are simple scenes, really. Unlike most, there's no HUGE event that leads the movie. That said, it's a simple movie that even young kids can enjoy. Kids who's favorites movie list upon the Fast and the Furious, may not like it because it's not that kind of movie-but sensitive children are sure to love it!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 25, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
I went to the mall and saw this movie sold at Best Buy. I had the priviledge to watch it on cable just today. We need more movies like this to instill family values. I think this is a super movie for the whole family. Have some tissues ready.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 15, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
This movie is not really about monkeys but a story about a young boy growing up and out of selfishness. It's wonderful to watch this boy take a big step to becoming a man by the things he experiences one eventful summer. I was satisfied to have my children watch a film with such a great message.It was also nice to watch a film with clean language. You won't be sorry you watched it.
A Concerned Christian Mom
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jen B on November 24, 2009
Format: DVD
I have not read the book, so I have no point of reference there, but I did enjoy the movie very much.
It really is touching, and I thought it was well done all around.
HOWEVER, there is no way I'd give this a G rating. I was pretty regretful to have let my child watch this one, without skipping over parts. I don't think she caught the part where an old bootlegger is described as one who would shoot you and put your head up on a stick as a warning to others, but I am sure she did notice the dead body shown later in the film. It was unnecessarily gruesome, imo, panning slowly up the cold, pale hand, over the body, crushed by a tree, and focusing on the horrible, pale, dead face, with eyes open. I didn't say anything and I hope it won't haunt her. It probably will me though!
I'm learning the hard way that just because a movie is rated G, doesn't mean it is suitable for young kids. There was a lot to love about this movie and it provoked lots of good family discussion about unselfishness, love, forgiveness, and so on. There was also a lot of fighting and many scary moments, including a storm scene. The overall lessons are positive though, just beware of certain parts, if you have a young, or sensitive child
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Steven R. Reinacher on September 30, 2007
Format: DVD
Over all good family movie for children to watch with their parents. Somewhat of a Life on the Prarie type movie with good Ideals and values for both the parents and their children.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Zane on March 6, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Great family movie----Corey Sevier does a 1st rate job playing Jay Berry. Why he doesn't get more recognition is beyond me. In my opinion he is just as good an actor as JTT.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "crazylil_partygurl" on August 29, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
This is a good movie based on the book, which I have not read yet. This movie is a touching story of a 12 year old boy (played by a now 15 or 16 yr old hott Corey Sevier from the new lassie series) Who dreams of buying a horse, but needs to earn the money, so he goes out to the "Bottoms" searching for some lost circus moneys for a reward, just the amount he needs to get the horse, see what happens next!...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Long on April 30, 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I can't believe it! I've actually found a movie that I actually enjoyed MORE than the book. I would watch this movie any day over reading the book and I can't think of any other books with movie adaptations I would say that about.

So you know where I'm coming from:

- I previously have read and watched "Where the Red Fern Grows" which was another book written by the author of this one. In that case, both movie attempts were notably worse than the book (esp. the Disney remake from a few years back)

- I watched this movie first before reading the book. I enjoyed the movie as a movie in its own right and thought: "Wow! If the movie is this good, the book must be STELLAR! So I ordered the book and read it and I felt "let down". By the time I was done with the book, I had already forgotten much of how the movie compared with the book, so I re-watched the movie within a day of finishing the book and am now writing this review after having just finished the movie again. My point is that both book and movie are very fresh in my mind right now as I write this review.

Now let's get down to business:

First, for the movie they changed things that really needed to be changed in order to bring it to a movie format - esp. for a movie made in modern times. So instead of 29 monkeys with 1 chimp as the leader (30 total) in the book, we get 4 chimps for the movie. Presumably they used chimps instead of monkeys because they are easier to train/work with for movies, so that doesn't bother me.

Instead of the boy wanting a pony and a gun really bad in the book, he only really wants the pony in the movie. A perfectly understandable decision for modern family movie-going audiences.
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