The Legend of Tarzan

Synopsis: Following his parents' death in Africa, John Clayton has been be raised by an ape, was known by the name Tarzan, but eventually left Africa and for his parents' home in England, along with the woman he fell in love with and married, Jane Porter. He is asked by Belgian King Leopold to go to Africa to see what he has done there to help the country. Initially, he refuses. But an American, George Washington Williams, wants him to accept so he can accompany him. He says that Leopold might be committing all sorts of atrocities to achieve his goal, like slavery. Clayton agrees and his wife insists that she accompany him because she misses Africa. When they arrive, a man named Rom, who works for Leopold, attacks their village and captures Tarzan and Jane. With Washington's help he escapes and sets out to rescue Jane by going across the jungle. Washington joins him despite being told that he might not make it.
Director(s): David Yates
Production: Lionsgate Pictures
  2 wins & 4 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
110 min

Mr. Rom.


We found it.

Captain Moulle.

Form your lines.

Maxim ready, sir!




Stand your ground!

Chief Mbonga, I presumed.

How do you know my name?

You're the man I came to see.

These are what you came for.

What would you do for them?

Whatever is necessary.

There is one thing

I desire above all else.

Bring it to me.

Bring him to me.

And you shall have your diamonds.

All I need is a name.



His Serene Highness,

King Leopold of Belgium.

has extended an invitation

to Lord Greystoke,

to take a loyal tour

of the Congo free state.

To visit the schools

and churches he's built.

To acknowledge his success

of his anti-slavery initiatives

and to open trade discussions.

Lord Greystoke, let me

explain the Africa situation.

King Leopold controls the Congo.

He's defaulting on his loans and needs

a business partner to fill the gap.

Your invitation is a perfect opportunity for

her majesty's government to get involve.

Consider the jobs we would create

for the poor natives of the Congo.


- And I thought the civil war was long.

- Dr. Williams, you are a guest here.

Prime Minister, if you are

not going to say it,

... allow me.

You, are Tarzan.

Lord of the apes,

King of the jungle.

Me, Tarzan.

You, Jane.



King Leopold is inviting you

because you are a celebrity.

He wants to show you the

schools and churches he built.

You woo and aww

in front of the newspapers

and he's validated by

Africa's favourite son.

England pays his debts.

We make money.

- Ham sandwich, easy.

- Mm-hm.


Your majesties.

Can we get this

show on the road?


- No?

- For God's sake, why not?

Well, I've already seen Africa.

And it's hot.

Excuse me.

Did you say hot?

Please send my apologies

to the Serene Highness.

And my name isn't Tarzan.

It's John Clayton the third.

Son of John and Alice Clayton.

Fifth Earl of Greystoke.

A member of the House of Lords.

Mr. Clayton.

Lord Clayton.

My apologies. George Washington Williams,

Diplomatic Envoy for the United States.

- I was sent by President Harrison.

- To do what?

Join up with the Queen's emissary.

You know, America was the first country

to recognize King Leopold's claim on Congo.

You don't want to lose

your place at the trough.


I need your invitation

to get in.

I'm afraid my intentions aren't exactly

what I expressed to your

government on my end.

And what exactly do you want,

Dr. Williams?

Leopold has spent the last 7 years

getting control of the Congo.

He used up his entire fortune

building that railroad of his

and shut off access to

99% of the country.


Because he wants to be the

first monarch in history

who doesn't want people

to see his good deeds?

I don't buy it.

Tell me this, Lord Clayton.

How does a bankrupt king

keep the whole of the Congo working?


I hope I'm wrong,

but I need to know.

And for the sake of

your friends back home.

You do too.

Accept Leopold's invitation

and take me with you.

You know Africa of

the beaten path.

The languages, the people,

the customs.

If we find anything amiss,

I need

someone to tell the world

that they will believe.

I'll make all the arrangements.

I'll see you in Liverpool.

My family.

I've done all I can

to protect them.

We have been surrounded by

predators since the shipwreck.

The jungle consumes everything.

It preys on the old, the sick,

the wounded, the weak.

But never the strong.

Today I buried my Alice.

My dear Alice.

Now I fear for my child.

God help us.

God help him.

The most dangerous beast

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Adam Cozad

Adam Cozad is an American screenwriter, best known for writing the scripts for Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit and The Legend of Tarzan. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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