Tarzan's Greatest Adventure

Tarzan's Greatest Adventure

Director: John Guillermin

Cast: Gordon Scott, Anthony Quayle, Sara Shane

     
 

Tarzan's Greatest Adventure stars Gordon Scott in his fourth screen appearance as Edgar Rice Burrough's lord of the jungle. Jane is absent from the proceedings, Cheetah the chimp is reduced to a bit part, and Tarzan himself is given a sophisticated vocabulary (in keeping with the Burroughs original). The storyline concerns a murderous diamond hunter (AnthonySee more details below

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Tarzan's Greatest Adventure stars Gordon Scott in his fourth screen appearance as Edgar Rice Burrough's lord of the jungle. Jane is absent from the proceedings, Cheetah the chimp is reduced to a bit part, and Tarzan himself is given a sophisticated vocabulary (in keeping with the Burroughs original). The storyline concerns a murderous diamond hunter (Anthony Quayle), an old enemy of Tarzan's who threatens to despoil the Ape Man's jungle domain. Among the villain's entourage is a young Sean Connery, playing a nasty chap who meets a nastier demise. While perhaps not as great as the title proclaims, Tarzan's Greatest Adventure is one of the most consistently exciting entries in the Tarzan series, and worth a second glance today due to its top-drawer supporting cast.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
One of the best entries in the Tarzan series, and probably the one that comes the closest to capturing the essence of the character as created by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Tarzan's Greatest Adventure is a rollicking action film with a much better script than is usual for a jungle flick. The creators of Adventure have essentially taken a traditional Western-style script, set it in Africa, and placed Tarzan in the role of the good-guy-gunslinger (without guns, of course). The structure works very well, and it gives the lead character room to grow. Letting him actually have a real vocabulary, as well as both an advanced intellect and a finely-honed instinctual ability, adds immeasurably; we get to see Tarzan as a character who has one foot in two different worlds and doesn't really feel at home in either. He's civilized and savage -- and the extremes of both sides are presented more clearly here. He also has a very worthy adversary in Slade, whose villainy is given more depth than is usual. John Guillermin directs with flair and a keen sense of what works in an action film -- and he takes good advantage of the actual jungle shooting (a first for a film in this series). Anthony Quayle is superb as the evil Slade, as are Niall MacGinnis and a young Sean Connery. As Tarzan, Gordon Scott is better than in his previous outings; he's still not a great actor (and as a result is a bit of a weak link in the film), but he's physically as impressive as ever. Tarzan's Greatest Adventure is a treat for fans of the "Ape Man," but even non-devotees should enjoy it quite a bit.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/03/2009
UPC:
0883316220948
Original Release:
1958
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:27:00
Sales rank:
28,948

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