Taglines: The most beautiful woman of our time in the most erotic adventure of all time.
The Tarzan story from Jane’s point of view. Jane Parker visits her father in Africa where she joins him on an expedition. A couple of brief encounters with Tarzan establish a (sexual) bond between her and Tarzan. When the expedition is captured by savages, Tarzan comes to the rescue.
Tarzan, the Ape Man is a 1981 adventure film directed by John Derek and starring his wife Bo Derek, Miles O’Keeffe, Richard Harris, and John Phillip Law. The screenplay by Tom Rowe and Gary Goddard is loosely based on the novel Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs, but from the point of view of Jane Parker. It is the final of three filmed versions of the story released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.
The original music score is composed by Perry Botkin Jr. Former Tarzan actor Jock Mahoney, billed as Jack O’Mahoney, was the film’s stunt coordinator. The film is marketed with the tagline Unlike any other “Tarzan” you’ve ever seen! The original actor cast in the “Tarzan” role was fired [or quit] early in production, resulting in the sudden casting of his stunt double, Miles O’Keeffe, in the title role. This film received extremely negative reviews, and in some circles has been considered to be one of the worst films ever made, even though it was a box-office success.
James Parker is a hunter in Africa, searching for a mythical “white ape”. He is joined by his estranged daughter, Jane, after her mother’s death. They discover the “white ape” is actually Tarzan, an uncivilized white man raised by apes living in the jungle. James continues to pursue Tarzan with the purpose of capturing him, dead or alive, and bringing him back to England.
Realizing that James is on his trail, Tarzan kidnaps Jane. Jane and Tarzan become fascinated by each other. Jane is then kidnapped by natives who intend to make her a wife of the tribe leader, forcing Tarzan into action.
Tarzan, the Ape Man (1981)
Directed by: John Derek
Starring: Bo Derek, Richard Harris, Miles O’Keeffe, John Phillip Law, Akushula Selayah, Steve Strong, Maxime Philoe, Leonard Bailey
Screenplay by: Tom Rowe
Cinematography by: John Derek
Film Editing by: Jimmy Ling
Costume Design by: Patricia Edwards
Art Direction by: Alan Roderick-Jones
Music by: Perry Botkin Jr.
Distributed by: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release Date: August 7, 1981