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Greystoke: Legend of Tarzan Lord of Apes [VHS]
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When the child of a female gorilla is mercilessly beaten to death, his mother adopts an infant human whose parents were killed by the same gorilla. The couple were shipwrecked and thought dead by the man's grandfather the Earl of Greystoke. The infant continues to have conflicts with the lead gorilla of the group as he grows up and is, in fact, beaten up and left for dead at one point. As he grows into manhood, he discovers the home of his parents, his mother's locket, and his father's knife and sees his reflection for the first time. He's horrified and fascinated at the same time realizing that, while he doesn't quite look like his mother, she is still his mother. Gradually, he discovers children's blocks that show him what a human looks like for the first time.
When his mother is murdered by tribesmen hunting the gorillas for food, he fights back for the first time killing one of the tribesmen breaking the man's back. He also stands up to and kills the gorilla that tried to kill him and succeeded in killing his parents long ago.Read more ›
And the comment in the official Amazon review that having a French accented actor play Tarzan was a "mistake" shows that the reviewer never read the orignal book. The first human SPOKEN language that Tarzan learned was French which he learned from a French officer whom he had rescued. The Ian Holm character was in the original book. He was not an "add on." So not only was the casting of Christopher Lambert appropriate; it was true to ERB's orignal story line.
The resulting film, which Towne removed his name from (in favor of the pseudonym "P.H. Vazak" - Towne's dog!), reportedly retained the structure of Towne's script in its first half - showing the upbringing of young Lord Greystoke (Christopher Lambert) in the wilds of Africa by a society of apes and his eventual discovery by a group of adventurers led by Ian Holm. However, Hudson deviated from both the script, as well as Edgar Rice Borroughs' source material, in its tedious second half, when Tarzan returns to the family manor in Scotland and meets dear old grandpa (Ralph Richardson). Suddenly the film shifts gears from a gorgeous, albeit serious adaptation of Tarzan in the wild to a drawing room drama a la Merchant-Ivory, compounded by leaden scenes (Richardson's Earl of Greystoke sliding down a flight of stairs on a dining service tray) and the decision to have Glenn Close dub the movie's Jane - Andie McDowell (a film debut she's spent her career living down). The latter eliminates any chance of Lambert and McDowell generating any chemistry together, so the love story comes across as limp while the dramatic development of Greystoke (he's never called Tarzan at any point in the film) and his failure to acclimate to civilization seems misplaced compared to the upbeat, exciting thrills of Borroughs' original stories.Read more ›
While there are certainly disparities between Burrough's book and this movie, "Greystoke" is the most faithful in storyline, character development, and essence of any Tarzan movie I have seen. Christopher Lambert does a great job as Tarzan. And Andie MacDowell makes an enticing Jane.
I wonder how the movie would have played though if the director/producer had decided to use Andie MacDowell's own voice instead of opting to have Glenn Close do voice overs for all of Andie's lines? Perhaps they thought that Andie's slight southern accent would detract from the atmosphere they were trying to develop?
Anyway, the visual impact of the movie is great. The scenery is awesome. The sound track is supporting and blends into the overall sensory effect that helps drive the movie forward. One down side has to be the costuming for the apes. While the costumes were adequate, they were inferior to other top-notch visual effects of the movie. To be fair to the special effects folks, there were few other options in 1983 that would allow a more realistic representation of animals like great apes and the kinds of ape-human interactions needed to make the film work.Read more ›
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Very good escapist movie. Also it discusses what civilization is rather well.Published 6 days ago by Fleabus
For those of you who like this movie, but are a little disappointed by or board with the second half, remember. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Patrick Scully
This spectacular movie brings to life the Tarzan legend and fantasy we've all grown up with, a well-acted adventure so well done it draws us into its world of apes and wild jungle... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Steve Clark
I have loved this movie for a long time & I'm happy to finally own it.
It arrived quickly & in good condition.
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