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Tarzan in Manhattan

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Director  Michael Schultz
Initial release  1989
Language  English
3.8/10 IMDb

Genre  Action, Adventure
Music director  Charles Fox
Tarzan in Manhattan movie poster
Writer  Anna Sandor, William Gough, Edgar Rice Burroughs
Genres  Action Film, Adventure Film, Drama, Thriller, Action/Adventure
Cast  Joe Lara (Tarzan), Kim Crosby (Jane Porter), James Medina ((as Jimmy Medina Taggert)), Jan-Michael Vincent (Brightmore), Tony Curtis (Archimedes Porter)
Similar movies  Tarzan's Desert Mystery, Tarzan and the Huntress, Shame of the Jungle, King of the Jungle, The New Adventures of Tarzan, Tarzan in the City

Tarzan in Manhattan (1989) is an action adventure CBS television movie. Joe Lara portrays Tarzan, and Kim Crosby appears as Jane Porter. Tony Curtis and Jan-Michael Vincent co-star. The telefilm was produced by Max A. Keller, Micheline H. Keller and Gina Scheerer, written by Anna Sandor and William Gough (based on characters created by Edgar Rice Burroughs), and directed by Michael Schultz. It aired on April 15, 1989.



Tarzan leaves Africa and goes to present-day New York City to seek vengeance for the murder of his Ape mother Kala, and to rescue Cheeta who was taken by hunters working for B. B. Brightmore (Jan-Michael Vincent) and his Brightmore Foundation. Soon Tarzan discovers this supposed philanthropic organization is conducting illegal tests on animal brains in an effort to transfer the thoughts and knowledge of one creature to another, and he sets out to rescue the animals and expose Brightmore. He is aided by Jane Porter (a cab driver, played by Kim Crosby) and her father, Archimedes "Archie" Porter (Tony Curtis), a retired police officer, now the head of his own security agency.

With Brightmore's operations shut down, Jane joins her father's security agency, and both talk Tarzan into coming on board at minimum wage, but with all the bananas Cheeta can eat.


Joe Lara also later starred in Tarzan: The Epic Adventures, an otherwise unrelated interpretation of the character.


Warren Zevon's Leave My Monkey Alone plays on the soundtrack as Tarzan's plane flies over prominent New York landmarks.

Grace Jones's Pull Up to the Bumper plays on the soundtrack in Jane's taxicab.

Select cast

  • Joe Lara as Tarzan
  • Kim Crosby as Jane Porter, reluctant ally of Tarzan
  • Tony Curtis as Archimedes "Archie" Porter, Jane's father
  • Jan-Michael Vincent as B. B. Brightmore, villain who kidnaps animals for illicit research
  • Joe Seneca as Joseph, African storekeeper, mentor and friend to Tarzan
  • Minor cast

  • Sloan Fischer (who played Professor Quackenbush and Professor Majorchord on Kidsongs in 1990 and 1993-1994) as Some Man
  • References

    Tarzan in Manhattan Wikipedia
    Tarzan in Manhattan IMDb Tarzan in Manhattan

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