Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes

British Hugh Hudson directs this new, flawed version of Tarzan, with Christopher Lambert in the lead role.

As a young man, he is discovered by an explorer (Ian Holm), who brings him back to England and to his rich and eccentric grandfather, played by Ralph Richardson, who steals every scene he is in(this is his last screen role).

The youngster, who’s never called by the name of Tarzan, falls for Jane (Andie MacDowell, in her screen debut, whose voice is dubbed by Glenn Close).

Scribe Towne hated the film and opted to use his dog’s name, Vazak, in the credits.

 

Oscar Nominations: 3

Supporting Actor: Ralph Richardson

Screenplay (Adapted): Robert Towne (using pseudonym of P.H. Vazak)

Makeup: Rick Baker and Paul Engelton

 

Oscar Awards: None

Oscar Context:

The winner of the Supporting Actor Oscar was Haing S. Ngor for The Killing Fields.

The Makeup Oscar went to Paul LeBlanc and Dick Smith for Amadeus.

Peter Shaffer won the Adapted Screenplay Oscar for Amadeus.