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Story

Charlize Theron is the latest stunning blonde to be hanging around some big ape in a Hollywood movie, this one a remake of the 1949 semi-classic with echoes of the superior King Kong. Theron plays the daugher of an American researcher killed by poachers in Africa. The baby gorilla left in her care grows up to become a hugely tall and broad specimen named Joe, living in the mountains as a mostly unseen legend among people who live there. Along comes an eco-minded emissary (Bill Paxton) from a California sanctuary, who talks the jungle girl into providing safe haven for Joe at the L.A. facility. The transition is not without discomfort, but everything is aggravated via a conspiracy of poachers to get Joe into their own greedy hands. Director Ron Underwood (City Slickers) uses a combination of special-effects techniques to give Joe life and personality, and he succeeds quite effectively. The requisite giant-ape-goes-amok scenes are all in place--a couple of them pretty intense--as is a conclusion that finds the simian hero performing a stunning feat of escalation. Underwood attempts to give a little modern spin to some classic Hollywood conventions regarding wild hearts lost in civilization, and the results are pretty agreeable family fare. --Tom Keogh

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen

Cast

Charlize TheronJill Young
Bill PaxtonProfessor Gregory 'Gregg' O'Hara
Rade SerbedzijaAndrei Strasser
Peter FirthGarth
David PaymerHarry Ruben
Regina KingCecily Banks
Robert WisdomKweli
Naveen AndrewsPindi
Lawrence PressmanDr. Elliot Baker
Linda PurlDr. Ruth Young
Mika BooremYoung Jill Young
Geoffrey BlakeVern
Christian ClemensonJack
Richard RiehleCommander Gorman
Verne TroyerBaby Joe
John AlexanderMighty Joe Young

  • Genre: Family Movies
  • Director: Ron Underwood
  • Producer: Buena Vista
  • Length: 114 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaDec 25, 1998
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG
    EuropePG
    AustraliaPG
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaApr 6, 2004
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