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Greystoke: the Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes

Greystoke: the Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes

Hugh Hudson (1984)

PG Certificate


Our Score
Director Hugh Hudson's follow-up to Chariots of Fire claims to be the definitive screen version of Edgar Rice Burroughs's oft-filmed tale about the orphaned aristocrat raised by apes. The early scenes in the primate colony are moving and deftly handled (and aided immeasurably by Rick Baker's stunning make-up). However, despite Hudson's skilful re-creation of the stifling atmosphere of Edwardian England, once the action leaves the jungle, the film begins noticeably to sag. Christopher Lambert certainly looks the part, but is not an adept enough actor to carry off the complexities of Tarzan's plight in this decidedly adult version of the tale. But Ralph Richardson injects some much-needed warmth and fun as the Earl of Greystoke and the film also looks glorious - the money thrown at it is all up on the screen. Although the direction may sometimes lose its way, this still adds up to stirring entertainment.


The infant heir of an aristocratic English family is raised by apes in the African jungle after his shipwrecked parents are killed. Years later, he saves the life of a Belgian explorer, who returns him to England so he can claim his birthright. Drama based on Edgar Rice Burroughs' novel, starring Christopher Lambert, Ian Holm, Andie MacDowell and Ralph Richardson.

Cast & Crew

John Clayton, Tarzan Christopher Lambert
Earl of Greystoke Ralph Richardson
Captain Phillippe D'Arnot Ian Holm
Lord Esker James Fox
Jane Porter Andie MacDowell
Lady Alice Clayton Cheryl Campbell
Lord Jack Clayton Paul Geoffrey
Sir Evelyn Blount John Wells
Major Jack Downing Nigel Davenport
Jeffson Brown Ian Charleson
Sir Hugh Belcher Nicholas Farrell
Captain Billings Richard Griffiths
Buller David Suchet
Jane Porter Glenn Close
Director Hugh Hudson
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Columbia-Emi-Warner Dists Ltd Guidance: Nudity, edited for violence. Available on: Available on video and DVD


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