Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes is a reverent retelling of the Edgar Rice Burroughs original, with a 1980s-sensibilities slant. Shipwrecked on the coast of Africa, Lord Jack Clayton (Paul Geoffrey) and his pregnant wife Lady Alice (Cheryl Campbell) attempt to survive in the hostile environment, but both die shortly after the birth of their son John. Abandoned in the wilderness, the orphaned John is adopted by a family of rather highly evolved apes, and raised as one of their own. Years later, John-now known as Tarzan, and now played by Christopher Lambert-comes across a party of white hunters. Rescuing one of the intruders, Belgian Captain Phillipe D'Arnot (Ian Holm) from a horrible death , Tarzan is taught to speak English by the grateful D'Arnot. Coming across the remains and possessions of Tarzan's parents, D'Arnot discovers that the Lord of the Jungle is actually the Earl of Greystoke. Brought back to England, Tarzan is introduced to society, where his crude, apelike manners offend everyone--except the likeable (and painfully senile) 6th Lord of Greystoke (Ralph Richardson, in his final film role) and Greystoke's American ward, Jane Porter (Andie McDowell, whose Southern-fried voice is dubbed by Glenn Close). Disturbed at the notion of Tarzan's inheriting Greystoke manner, his more greedy relatives begin plotting against him. But it is Tarzan himself who decides that he cannot adapt himself to England-especially after a painful reunion with his ape foster father, imprisoned in a science-lab cage.~Hal Erickson
While "Greystoke" has aged moderately well since its release 32 years ago, the blu ray of this film looks pretty good. Rick Baker's fantastic ape makeup is the best part of this production, followed by the performances of a young Christopher Lambert and Ian Holm as his Belgian mentor.
Director Hugh Hudson took Burroughs' pulp novel ideas of Tarzan and tried to craft something akin to Downton Abbey. Sometimes it worked, sometimes not so much. But I still love it for the grand experiment that it was.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review
good big screen adaptation
Great score ,great cast .more faithful to original book but I missed the famous Tarzan yell.The music made up for some of that .Lambert , Richardson McDowell and Fox all very good . Film develops tremendous compassion for the apes especially in the museum scenes.Along with Richardson and McDowell We grow to love the wise innocence of Tarzan ,although he is never called by name . A change of pace for Tarzan fans.
I love the DVD of this film. It has a totally clear picture and a great sound. The special features are definitively worth watching. The commentary is very informative and interesting. It's definitively worth the money.