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Tarzan, the Ape Man (1981)




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Movie Info

John Derek directed this 1981 vanity production of the Tarzan tale as a bon-bon for his wife Bo Derek. The Bo Derek version answers any questions viewers may have had concerning Tarzan and Jane's sex life. The film begins as Jane (Bo Derek)'s father Parker (Richard Harris) heads to the African interior on the pretext of searching for hidden jungle secrets. He is actually looking for Tarzan (Miles O'Keeffe), whom he plans to kidnap and bring back to England dead or alive. Jane accompanies her manic father, along with his unassuming assistant Holt (John Phillip Law). Realizing that Parker is on his trail, Tarzan kidnaps Jane and it is love at first sight. Parker forges on, trying to capture Tarzan and save his daughter. But Tarzan finally saves the day when Jane is kidnapped by a band of African mud worshippers, who are preparing her to be sacrificed to the gods. ~ Rovi

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Bo Derek
as Jane Parker
Richard Harris
as James Parker
John Phillip Law
as Harry Holt
Steven Strong
as Ivory King
Wilfrid Hyde-White
as Club Member
Laurie Main
as Club Member
Harold Ayer
as Club Member
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Critic Reviews for Tarzan, the Ape Man

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (4)

This opus will disappoint both Tarzan fans and Bo admirers.

March 26, 2009 | Full Review…

Judging by the amount of time everybody spends swimming, the African jungle resembles Hornsey Baths filled with oversized pot plants.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Of course it's completely ridiculous, but at the same time it has a certain disarming charm.

October 23, 2004 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

To describe the film as inept would be to miss the point, which is to present Mrs. Derek in as many different poses, nude and seminude, as there are days of the year, all in something less than two hours.

August 30, 2004 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The scriptwriters only bothered to put together a boring adventure, where the only good thing is the professional work of Richard Harris. [Full Review in Spanish]

August 20, 2019 | Full Review…

worst film ever

August 12, 2013 | Rating: F | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Tarzan, the Ape Man


I saw this a long time ago and thought it was ok then. Bo Derek covered in white paint and not much else for most of the film.

Dean King
Dean King

Super Reviewer

Jane showing Tarzan how to have Sex in 81. I dont know if one should call this Movie a Soft Porn. Two Nacked Adults running around in a Movie casually having sex doesnt make it even near to a soft Porn. Each to their own.

Wahida K
Wahida K

Super Reviewer

The story of the Lord of Greystoke as soft core porn. Junk.

Cindy I
Cindy I

Super Reviewer

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