Tarzan, the Ape Man
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 11%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This opus will disappoint both Tarzan fans and Bo admirers."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"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."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Lots of untittilating nudity"
‑ Tony Medley, tonymedley.com
"This cinematic atrocity truly is one of the all-time worsts."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"about as erotic as a Shirley Temple musical"
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"Judging by the amount of time everybody spends swimming, the African jungle resembles Hornsey Baths filled with oversized pot plants."
‑ , Time Out
"worst film ever"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"Truly forgettable, except for Bo's booty"
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"not even funny as modern irony"
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
""Produced" by Bo and "directed and photographed" by John, Tarzan reduced Edgar Rice Burrough's far-from-classic work to the level of a magazine spread on a Playboy bunny in the, er, bush."
‑ Edward Margulies, Movieline
"Of course it's completely ridiculous, but at the same time it has a certain disarming charm."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Painfully dull."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Silliness abounds, so much so that the picture comes off closer to a comedy than the romantic action-adventure it was meant to be."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Nice to look at, but dear Lord..."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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