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Awfully Good Movies: Tarzan the Ape Man (Video)

06.29.2016

Tarzan the Ape Man (1981)

Director: John Derek
Stars: Bo Derek, Richard Harris, Miles O'Keeffe

The King of the Apes is returning to his rightful throne this weekend in THE LEGEND OF TARZAN, so Awfully Good Movies is celebrating by looking at MGM's failed 1981 reboot of Edgar Rice Burroughs' famed white ape: TARZAN THE APE MAN, starring Bo Derek, Richard Harris and Miles O'Keeffe! Nowadays, you kids know Bo Derek as Chris Farley's mom from TOMMY BOY, but back in the early 80s, she was the sexiest woman working in Hollywood. In fact, she was so powerful, she got MGM to bring back one of its most famous franchises and give her $6.5 million just so she and her husband could make a glorified sex tape. The result is a potent cocktail of bad acting, stupefying editing, and a WHOOOOOOOLE lotta shots of Bo Derek's boobs. You better put your kids to bed for this episode, Awfully Good viewers, cause this flick is less Disney's TARZAN...and more Playboy's TARZAN.

And if you liked this episode of Awfully Good Movies, trust your heart, let fate decide, to click these links you see...

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Extra Tidbit: Miles O'Keeffe was originally just a stunt double for actor Lee Canalito, but after Canalito was fired for being out of shape, Miles took his place as Tarzan despite no acting credentials. In addition to Canalito's firing, Bo Derek also had fifteen of the twenty-three crew members fired over the course of the shoot, and the remaining eight crew members were given armbands at the end of the shoot that simply read: "I FINISHED TARZAN".
Source: JoBlo.com

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