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Going Ape! (1981)

When his father - who owned a circus - dies, Foster inherits 5 million dollars - and 3 orangutans. However there's a condition connected to the money: if he gives away the orangutans or ... See full summary »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Danza ... Foster
Jessica Walter ... Fiona
Stacey Nelkin ... Cynthia (as Stacey Nelkin)
Danny DeVito ... Lazlo
Art Metrano ... Joey
Frank Sivero ... Bad Habit
Rick Hurst ... Brandon
Howard Mann Howard Mann ... Jules Cohen
Joseph Maher ... Gridley
Leon Askin ... Zebrewski
Jacquelyn Hyde ... Zaida
Ted White ... Goon #1
Bob Terhune Bob Terhune ... Goon #2
Jaye Durkus Jaye Durkus ... Goon #3 (as Jay Durkus)
Angus Duncan Angus Duncan ... Farley


When his father - who owned a circus - dies, Foster inherits 5 million dollars - and 3 orangutans. However there's a condition connected to the money: if he gives away the orangutans or just one gets sick or dies during the next 3 years, the zoological society will get all the money. So he not only has to deal with 3 apes and an annoyed girlfriend, but also with Laszlo, a kooky new roommate who came from the circus to help with the apes, a greedy zoological society's president, 3 bumbling henchmen and a cranky landlord. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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There were 3 conditions to the 5 million dollar inheritance, and they had to be bathed once a week.


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Release Date:

10 April 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Love, Max See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »


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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (Glen Glenn Sound)


Color (Movielab)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Tony Danza and Danny DeVito starred together in the TV series "Taxi". See more »


Poppy finds Rusty's shorts on the hospital floor, but he's seen wearing them in the next scene. See more »


Music by Elmer Bernstein
Lyrics by Jeremy Joe Kronsberg
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A guilty pleasure, but an entertaining comedy
17 March 2019 | by abbazabakyleman-98834See all my reviews

Jeremy Joe Kronsberg wrote and directed this comedy involving orangutans (Kronsberg also wrote Every Which Way but Loose), with Tony Danza as their keeper. Danza's father was a big star in the circus world and had left him $4,000,000, providing he can take care of the monkeys from the circus. He calls in his friend Laszlo (an uproarious performance by Danny DeVito) to help out and has to deal with a jealous girlfriend and her disapproving mother.

The comedy is really well-done with numerous set pieces involving a food fight, a wacky car chase, and a showdown at a hospital involving a slew of crooks wanting Danza's inheritance. I think of this as a old-fashioned Disney comedy, but with adult language and humor present. Sadly no DVD or Blu-Ray release due to music rights issues.

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