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      Tarzan's Greatest Adventure

      Released Jun 17, 1959 1h 28m Adventure List
      Reviews 50% Audience Score 100+ Ratings A strange woman (Sara Shane) helps the ape man (Gordon Scott) stop a diamond hunter (Anthony Quayle) and his river gang. Read More Read Less

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      Clyde Gilmour Maclean's Magazine The authentic African scenery adds little to what is hardly a notable addition to the series. Oct 29, 2019 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews Despite all the changes, this version was received well by the public. Rated: B Oct 4, 2011 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Y0U D I enjoyed rewatching this movie, remembering it from my childhood. A fun romp through the jungle. I did however find it difficult getting past the ever changing size of the boat. From a small rowing boat to a cavernous river vessel when filmed from the inside. Artistic license has its limits… I've always feared quicksand and this was the film that started it! Rated 3 out of 5 stars 09/21/23 Full Review Audience Member Perhaps no longer worthy of the name, this late 50s Tarzan offering is still a decent jungle adventure with capable action, a more literate and verbose Tarzan than most adaptations, and decent casting, with an early role for Connery. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/01/23 Full Review Audience Member not my fave tarzan at all Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member British director John Guillermin was not entirely certain of how to make the character of Tarzan contemporary with the tendency towards realism... Pulled by Sly Weinhaub's great vision, they made the Ape Man literate, but still disposed to chest-beating and ape-calls...Their screen treatment provided a 90 minute superior action film tightly interwoven and very entertaining... "Tarzan's Greatest Adventure" quick-paced action is supplemented with violence and, in the absence of the wholesome Jane, we get two sexy women, a sensual Italian (Scilla Gabel) for the villains and a gaily blonde named Angie (Sara Shane), as the romantic interest for Scott who gives an excellent characterization... The villains are four different British types: Slade (Anthony Quayle), Kruger (Nial McGinnis), O'Bannion (Sean Connery), and Dino (Al Mulock). In raiding a settlement for explosives to use in a diamond mine, they practically destroy it... Tarzan, discovering the cruelty, pursues them upriver to their mine... For his parts in "Tarzan's Greatest Adventure," Sean Connery earned $5,600; his 'big' Bond film "You Only Live Twice" brought him $350,000. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review Audience Member Minor jungle warfare, but it's a good set of names running about and shooting up deepest Africa, including a rare villain appearance for Sean Connery. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Audience Member Brawny Gordon Scott had already played Tarzan before with the limited Johnny Weismiller vocabulary but when producer Sy Weintraub took over the direction of the series and gave Tarzan a more sophisticated vocabulary (in keeping with Burroughs original literary character), reduced Cheetah the chimp to a bit part, and removed all references to Jane (the character had virtually disappeared from the series anyways). This was the Tarzan that would continue the series through the 1960s (I believe that the last of the Weitraub-produced series was made in 1968!). Tarzan is after an old enemy named Slade (played by Anthony Quayle). Slade and his band of misfits and outlaws have raided a peaceful village to steal explosives and killed the local African radio operator and a European missionary doctor. Tarzan was friends with both men and has a score to settle with Slade so heads upriver after Slade and his men (whose ranks include a young Sean Connery) and his girlfriend (Scilla Gabel). Tarzan's mission is complicated by a gadfly pilot (Sara Shane) who crasshes her plane in crocodile-infested waters and Tarzan ends up having to take her along. Considered to be one of the best in the series, much of it was actually shot on location in Africa and it was more adult than its predecessors and has no comic-relief chimp. Its available on DVD from Warner's Archive Collection. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/24/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis A strange woman (Sara Shane) helps the ape man (Gordon Scott) stop a diamond hunter (Anthony Quayle) and his river gang.
      John Guillermin
      Sy Weintraub, Harvey Hayutin
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      Release Date (Theaters)
      Jun 17, 1959, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Feb 28, 2017
      1h 28m