Project X

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi
Director(s): Jonathan Kaplan
Actors: Willie, Okko, Karanja, Luke
Production: Anchor Bay Entertainment
  1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
108 min

( insects chirping )

( birds twittering )

( monkey chittering )

( twig snaps )

( hawk screeching )

( screeching )

( gunshot )

Cover me

When I run

Cover me

Through the fire

Something knocked me

Off the trees

Now I'm on my knees

Cover me

Darling, please

Hey, hey, monkey



Don't you know you're gonna

shock the monkey?

Hey, hey, shock the monkey

Hey, hey, yeah...

Le patron?


The wheels keep turning...

Ah, Richard.


Something's burning...

( indistinct chatter )

Monkey, don't like it

But I guess I'm learning


Shock, shock

Watch the monkey get hurt,



Shock, shock

Watch the monkey get hurt,


You'd think that given

the number of animals

the government buys in a year,

you'd honor a long-time understanding.

Listen, lady, I treat all of my

customers the same,

whether it's the government

or the circus.

These are young, healthy chimps,

and you don't come by them every day.

- Hey, Pop, look what we got.

- Please, Melvin, not now. I'm busy.

Let's tag these for delivery:

Northeast Institute, food and drug.

Yerkes, hepatitis.

Johns Hopkins, cancer.

( monkey whines )

No, send that one to Hopkins.

This little guy goes

to the University of Wisconsin,

the department of psychology.

Shock the monkey,

shock the monkey

Shock the monkey

Shock the monkey to life.

Good morning, little one.

Now don't be afraid.

No one's going to hurt you.

Teri, come and meet

your new student.

Now don't take it personally

if he doesn't like you right away.

He will, but sometimes the chemistry

takes a little bit of time to work out.

We have a tendency

to expect these--

( both chuckle )

As I was saying...

( monkey coos )

- Hi.

- My, my, my.


Virgil, look.

Virgil, look what I have-- apple.

Yes, that's good.

Look, apple.

Do you want it?

That's good, but--

Virgil, Virgil, look.


You don't want it?

( sighs )

Virgil, look.

Apple. Apple.


Virgil, Virgil,


You don't want this?



Virgil, look.

This means "apple."

Look, look.

( Virgil grunts )

( Teri sighs )


- ( Virgil screaming )

- Fine. Bye.

All right, all right.


Good. Clean. Right.

No, it's not food time.

You just ate.

No, no, it's not playtime either.

It's work time.

Come on.

Virgil, look.

Where's the dog?

Where is he?

Good. Good. Dog in.

Now where is he?

Where is he?

Good. Dog out.

Who am I?

Who am I?

Do you remember?

"Yellow hair." Do you remember?


( laughs )

Good. Yellow hair.

That's right. Good.

What's this?

Help? No. Look.

Help? I don't know

what that means.

Help what?

Help fly?

You mean this?

( chittering )

Shh shh shh.

No, it's not playtime.

No, it's Teri's work time.

Hey, enough.

( Virgil whimpering )

Okay, how about

if I write your name on it?

Then it will be Virgil's alligator.


No, no, it's not playtime.

All right, it's playtime.

Fast break, fast break.

Hurry. Ready?

Put it in, hurry.

Dunk it.

Hurry, hurry.

Good, good, good.

Dr. Criswell.

What's up?

Good morning, Teri.

I just heard from the NHF.

They've decided

not to renew your grant.

Hey, Virgil.

I'm really, truly sorry.

At least you have enough material

to write your thesis.

- And I think I can get the department--

- Wait a minute.

Here. Here you go.

Want to color?

Want to color?


It's okay. It's okay.

( muffled conversation )

All of us here recognize how

remarkable the work you've done is.

And you know you have a good shot

at a position on this faculty.

They're not

taking Virgil away.

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Stanley Weiser

Stanley Weiser is an American screenwriter. He was born in New York City. He is a graduate of the NYU Film School. His screen credits include Wall Street and W., both directed by Oliver Stone. He also wrote the 20th Century Fox film, Project X. He is credited for creating characters in the sequel to Wall Street: Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. In addition, he served as script consultant on Oliver Stone's Nixon and Any Given Sunday. Weiser's other projects include two civil rights dramas, developed as feature films, but made for television. Murder in Mississippi, a chronicle of the 1964 Freedom Summer movement and the lives and deaths of Cheney, Schwerner, and Goodman, the three young civil rights workers who were killed by the Ku Klux Klan, which aired on NBC in 1990. It was nominated for four Emmys and won the Directors Guild of America Award for best TV movie. Freedom Song, a semi-fictional account of the early SNCC movement in Mississippi, was co-written with Phil Alden Robinson, who also directed. They shared a Writers Guild of America Award and Humanitas nomination for the 2000 TNT film. Weiser also adapted the novel, Fatherland, by Robert Harris, for HBO. It was nominated for three Golden Globe awards and Miranda Richardson won for best supporting actress in a TV or cable movie. He wrote the NBC four-hour mini-series Witness to the Mob in 1998, which was produced by Robert De Niro. He also wrote Rudy: The Rudy Giuliani Story, for which he received a Writers Guild of America nomination for best TV movie. As of 2012, he wrote a biopic on the life of Rod Serling, the writer and The Twilight Zone creator. Weiser began his career as a production assistant for Brian De Palma on Phantom of the Paradise, and as an assistant cameraman on the Martin Scorsese documentary, Street Scenes. He is married and lives in Santa Monica, California. He is a founding member of the West Los Angeles Shambhala Buddhist Meditation Center. more…

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