DirectorRichard Franklin Music directorJerry Goldsmith CountryUnited Kingdom
Release date31 October 1986 (1986-10-31) (U.S.) WriterLee David Zlotoff (story), Tom Ackermann (story), Everett De Roche ScreenplayLee David Zlotoff, Tom Ackerman CastElisabeth Shue (Jane Chase), Terence Stamp (Dr. Steven Phillip), Steven Pinner (David), Richard Garnett (Dennis), David O'Hara (Tom), Kevin Lloyd (Bailey) Similar moviesUnder the Skin, Brave, Braveheart, Made of Honor, Charlie & Louise - Das doppelte Lottchen, Casino Royale
TaglineFor thousands of years man has enslaved the ape, now the tables are about to turn.
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Link is a 1986 British horror film starring Elisabeth Shue and Terence Stamp. The title character, "Link", is a super-intelligent yet malicious orangutan who lashes out against his masters when they try to have him euthanised.
It was directed by Richard Franklin and written by Everett De Roche from a story by Lee David Zlotoff and Tom Ackermann. The score was provided by Jerry Goldsmith. It was filmed in St. Abbs, Scotland.
Shue and Goldsmith received Saturn Award nominations for their contributions.
Although the title primate is clearly an orangutan, he is referred to as a chimpanzee through the entire film, and his fur appears to have been dyed black (Orangutans have reddish-brown fur).
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Elisabeth Shue as Jane Chase
Terence Stamp as Dr. Steven Phillip
David O'Hara as Tom
Steven Pinner as David
Kevin Lloyd as Bailey
Richard Garnett as Dennis
Linus Roache (uncredited)
Locke as Link (uncredited)
Carrie as Voodoo (uncredited)
Jed as Imp (uncredited)
In 1979 Richard Franklin optioned a short outline which he described as "a sort of Jaws with chimps." He did not do anything with it until Everett de Roche showed him a National Geographic article by Jane Goodall about violence among chimpanzees. De Roche wrote the script and the film was made in the UK for EMI Films.
The English setting to me was essential. I wanted to contrast the primitivism of jungle animals with Old World values, high culture, and "civilisation" - which is one of the subjects of the picture.
The film was bought for American release by Universal, who cut eight minutes out, despite Franklin's objections. When EMI was taken over by the Cannon group, five more minutes were cut out.
The film received generally mixed to negative reviews. Rotten Tomatoes gave at the film 17% positives reviews based on 6 reviews. Franklin later called the movie "on almost every level... an unsatisfying experience."