Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Richard Franklin|
|Produced by||Richard Franklin|
|Screenplay by||Everett De Roche|
|Story by||Lee David Zlotoff and
|Music by||Jerry Goldsmith|
|Edited by||Andrew London
|Distributed by||Cannon Films (UK)
|Box office||$1,720,450 (USA)|
Link is a 1986 British horror film starring Elisabeth Shue and Terence Stamp. The title character, "Link", is a super-intelligent yet malicious orangutan who lashes out against his masters when they try to have him put to sleep and sought to become his own master over a young woman. The film also features two chimpanzees, one of which is a baby.
It was directed by Richard Franklin and written by Everett De Roche from a story by Lee David Zlotoff and Tom Ackermann. The score was provided by Jerry Goldsmith. It was filmed in St. Abbs, Scotland.
Shue and Goldsmith received Saturn Award nominations for their contributions.
- Elisabeth Shue as Jane Chase
- Terence Stamp as Dr. Steven Phillip
- David O'Hara as Tom
- Steven Pinner as David
- Kevin Lloyd as Bailey
- Richard Garnett as Dennis
- Linus Roache (uncredited)
- Locke as Link (uncredited)
- Carrie as Voodoo (uncredited)
- Jed as Imp (uncredited)
In 1979 Richard Franklin optioned a short outline which he described as "a sort of Jaws with chimps. He did not do anything with it until Everett de Roche showed him a National Geographic article by Jane Goodall about violence among chimpanzees. De Roche wrote the script and the film was made in the UK for EMI Films. Franklin:
The English setting to me was essential. I wanted to contrast the primitivism of jungle animals with Old World values, high culture, and 'civilisation' - which is one of the subjects of the picture.
The film was bought for American release by Universal, who cut eight minutes out, despite Franklin's objections. When EMI was taken over by the Cannon group, five more minutes were cut out.
The film received generally mixed to negative reviews. Rotten Tomatoes gave at the film 17% positives reviews based on 6 reviews. Franklin later called the movie "on almost every level... an unsatisfying experience."
- "Richard Franklin and Link", Cinema Papers, March 1989 p40
- "Interview with Richard Franklin", Signet, 15 September 1995 accessed 18 November 2012
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