Tarzan, the Ape Man
Tarzan, the Ape Man (1981)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: July 24, 1981
DVD Release Date: June 8, 2004
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Critic Score: 11% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

This opus will disappoint both Tarzan fans and Bo admirers.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

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.

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Tony Medley

Lots of untittilating nudity

Time Out

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

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

worst film ever

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Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

Truly forgettable, except for Bo's booty

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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

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TV Guide

Painfully dull.

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John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

Silliness abounds, so much so that the picture comes off closer to a comedy than the romantic action-adventure it was meant to be.

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Flixster Audience Score: 20% Flixster User Reviews
Dean King
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.
jay nixon
Awful, cardboard adventure, Richard Harris must have needed the money badly.
Wahida K
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… More
Dean McKenna
Bo Derek is the most famously erotic in this adventure film.
Cindy I
The story of the Lord of Greystoke as soft core porn. Junk.
Moe E
OMG!!! Richard Harris must have been in dire straits to have agreed to this piece of dung! If there was ever any doubt that Bo Derek was not an actress,… More