Project X (1987)

 


 

When the Air Force assigned Jimmy Garrett to a top secret project, he didn't know what he was in for. Neither did they. See »

A young inductee into the military is given the task of looking after some chimpanzees used in the mysterious “Project X”. Getting to know the chimps fairly well, he begins to suspect there is more to the secret project than he is being told.

Written by
Murray Chapman <[email protected]>

Genre: Comedy,Drama,Sci-Fi,Thriller

Project X (1987)
   
Release Date: 17 April 1987 (USA)
Country: USA
Director: Jonathan Kaplan
Cast:
  • Willie
  • Okko
  • Karanja
  • Luke
  • Harry
  • Arthur
  • Clafu
  • Lucy
  • Lulu
  • Mousie
  • Matthew Broderick
  • Helen Hunt
  • William Sadler
  • Johnny Ray McGhee
  • Jonathan Stark


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34 Responses to Project X (1987)

  1. DanceswithZombies
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    Isn’t it kind of sad that this movie was advocating the proper treatment of chimps and yet they got in trouble for abusing the primates during filming? Thats some messed up irony right there….

  2. Tony-358
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    If anyone wants to see it.

  3. Kuato_and_George
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    I rented this the other day. A childhood favorite that I was introducing to my girlfriend. This movie is a tear jerker, with a sweet, feel good ending. This movie truly tugs at your heart.

    I loved this movie growing up and still do.

    I get the whole "it’s better to test on animals than humans" argument. I really do. But it still seems wrong.

  4. Paul-Smith-2006
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    When Helen Hunt and Matthew Broderick leaves with the chimps he says "Let’s get the hell outta here". But lip reading him it looks like he says "Let’s get the "fog" outta here".

  5. Mainemovies
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    Rare and OOP….Blu-Ray?

    Project X

    When a young chimpanzee named Virgil is drafted to take part in a deadly military experiment, he has only his own wits to fall back on. Luckily, his wits are considerable.

    More….

    http://www.lostkidsklassics.com/project-x-1987.html

  6. LocoArts
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    Whoelse thinks of course when the editing and music – but the acting by Virgil is the best in film history!

    Is there anymore animals you can think of that actually did a amazing job acting?

    :)

  7. brittchick109
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    I can’t find it anywhere! any help?

    In this world there’s two kinds of people: Those with loaded guns and those who dig. You dig.

  8. mango63632
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    I saw this movie in the theater as a matinee. Cried. Can’t remember much about it, except that it was really powerful, and they were killing chimps in experiments. What I remember most was that there was hardly anyone in the theater, just me, a friend, and two other people in the rows in front of us. Don’t see that anymore!

  9. kandgking1
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    I have several:

    When Teri first meets Virgil, he climbs into her arms and gives her a kiss. So sweet!

    When Virgil pulls on the bird toy at the labratory so they fly, they remind him of "home". That scene is so touching!

    When Goliath saves the day by pulling out the fire extinguisher from the reactor, then he dies… oh, soooo sad! I cry at that scene every time!

    When that chimp is looking down at that head guy, you know – the mean one, so coldly! How cool is that!

    The best moment of all… Teri singing "You Free. Go on! Go on!" *sigh*

    I love this movie! :)

    "Two minds. One thought. Only half a wit."

  10. kickbuttbooks
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    This movie was aired again today and I cry every time I see it. Broke my heart when Virgil was first shown looking scared to death hugging his little stuffed alligator and then when he saw that woman officer. And again later when he was signing for "help" and then left alone in his cage and he let out that soulfully wail. Same when he discovers BlueBeard is dead and starts screaming at the other monkeys. How erie it was watching them one by one stand up in their cages and scream back… And then when he started crying and hugging Broderick because he knew he was going to die. And at the end…poor Goliath….

    But what was funny was when Brodrick’s roommate was shown reading penthouse and then you suddenly here Brodrick verbally describing how to position your fingers for various signing positions. The expression on that guys face was priceless! And I also loved Goofy’s goofy little smile when he was at his simulator and crashed spectacularly. Looks like he wasn’t such a dumb ass after all. He somehow sensed that he better not do well at the simulator.

    I loved that the rest of themn got away! It’s only a movie, I know, but it was a good one, especially for so long ago. I think it might have been Helen Hunts first big one?

  11. ja_s_on
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    please share.

    It’s a very good movie and shouldn’t be forgotten…

    I’m from Chinese and saw it when i was young, it’s very impressive.

    ps.somebody told me the name of the ape or chimpzee is like "blue beard" who knows the original one?

  12. actaylor-imperial
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    Reuses music cues from Aliens in this movie. In fact he does it all the time.

  13. foreverland
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    The main review asks where the soundtrack can be purchased…and after reviewing the posts someone else noticed a cue from Alien. I’m going to go out on a limb and suggest that this film didn’t have an original soundtrack, but instead took a bunch of soundtrack clips and cut them together.

    Someone else noticed Alien. I keep hearing cues from Willow (although Willow didn’t come out until a year later…?) . And there’s a bit that sounds like Tubular Bells from The Exorcist (or something similar).

    If it were a mash-up soundtrack that would explain why it’s not available for purchase…

  14. JoeLoebner
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    Quite a transition for Matthew Broderick.

  15. mybrokenwingscarrymenomore
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    Is it one of the ones in the movie? Or did they cut the ape’s scenes out.

    I’ve read tons about them abusing the apes, but nothing about what the cause of death for the abused ape was.

  16. Swill_Merchant
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  17. puff1587
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    anyone?

  18. ohio-1
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    I heard a rumor that during the filming of Project X, Matthew was caught foundling one of the monkeys in a backlot trailer.

  19. thirsch-2
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    Does the chimp playing Bluebeard really have a blue beard?

  20. brucedgo
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    It’s funny. This is a movie apparently recommended for teens. But looking at the voting, teens hated it.

    I’m 63. Loved it. Gets silly, but it’s worth it.

    "I choose to think there is no free will…"

  21. outofthedark
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    …is SO cute in this movie… omg!

    I’m not usually someone who starts these stupid threads. He is really goregeous in this movie.

  22. holymonkey1313
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    I’ve only seen it on TV because I can’t find the DVD. It’s near the end, when Jimmy is told to put Virgil back in his cage, and he pulls Helen Hunt out of view of the camera. On TV, he says "let’s get the hell out of here" but his mouth clearly doesn’t say that. Does anyone know what he’s actually saying?

    Yellow eyes! So help me God, he had yellow eyes!

  23. amfile
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    Looking to download it even if I have to pay for it

    • Amy Ausbun
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      You can go to torrent search engine and download it for free..as well as other movies games and whatever else.Hope you find this helpful.I live by this site everyday….

  24. xavier-borja
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    Anyone know what happened to him?

  25. akyngcls
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    I just watched this after not having seen it for 15+ years and thought I remembered a silly disco song during the end titles. I remember this for having no relationship to the rest of the score or the movie. The DVD version has a James Horner orchestral track with it. Does anyone else remember this or am I confusing it with another movie?

  26. KAnnD86
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    I couldn’t tell. Seriously. Usually I form an opinion of a film while watching it, but this one, not so much. Is it considered a good movie?

    Tomorrow’s just your future yesterday!

  27. karenwexler
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    I know the "project" of the chimps was explained in the movie, but I still do not understand. What is the radiation for again and why do they have to fly til they die? Can someone explain it again to me? Thanks!

  28. CWscooby
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    who feels this movie is a silly drama. I hate to tell you but yes monkey’s can fly planes this story was based upon actual testing the Air Force was doing.

  29. Binky9
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    I found this article while checking my email and at first it didn’t click but then I gasped when I rememberd that most of the chimps from the movie were sent to there. Horrible Horrible man

    http://www.enn.com/today.html?id=11480

  30. artman910
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    This is a horrible movie in regards to air force. there were so many inaccuracies. Like mainly airman 1st class dont fly.

  31. buzzybeetle
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    Where would Jimmy & Teri along with five chimps go Have they NOT been stopped by air force security?

  32. Ezekiel_Stone
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    I quite liked this film, i saw it again today and it still touched me emotionally in some parts and i saw deeper underneath the surface, i think this film teaches a few lessons like tolerance and love for everything, might sound a bit hippyish but hey the 80’s was a strange place. I loved the simplicity of the music, that cascading waterfall music they play thru 80% of the movie, made me think how movies have changed in our time and how the large operatic performances in modern films absolutey envelope you. I have a soft spot for 80’s films, full of inaccuracies and naivety disneyesque themes. They have quite a simple msg or lesson to give, in this film they concentrated on how we should treat other animals with respect and they are also intelligent and not to ignore our humanity when we feel threatened in this case it was the fear of the cold war which created project X. I thought all the actors in this film did great, especially Broderick, throughout the film emotions are communicated thru a simple look. I really enjoyed War Games which is another classic 80’s movie with Broderick, that is on the same kinda level.

  33. flyingchimps
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    There’s real information about actual chimps used in the airforce. The site also mentions chimps Ham and Enos who actually flew into space in the 1960s.

    http://www.savethechimps.org

    The government gave up all 200 chimps last year and sent them for retirement at the Chimp Haven sanctuary and at the Save the Chimps sanctuary.

    http://www.chimphaven.org

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