Tarzan and the Lost City
|Tarzan and the Lost City|
|Directed by||Carl Schenkel|
|Written by||Bayard Johnson|
J. Anderson Black
|Based on||Characters created|
by Edgar Rice Burroughs
|Produced by||Stanley S. Canter|
|Edited by||Harry Hitner|
|Music by||Christopher Franke|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.|
|Box office||$2.2 million|
Tarzan and the Lost City is a 1998 American adventure film directed by Carl Schenkel, and starring Casper Van Dien and Jane March with Steven Waddington. The screenplay by Bayard Johnson and J. Anderson Black is loosely based on the Tarzan stories by Edgar Rice Burroughs. The film received largely negative reviews and was a box office bomb.
In 1913, on the night before Jane Porter's wedding to John Clayton II (also known as Tarzan, who is something of a celebrity) her bridegroom receives a disturbing vision of his childhood homeland in peril; The educated explorer and treasure seeker Nigel Ravens is seeking the legendary city of Opar, to plunder its ancient treasures and uncover dangerous powers. Much to Jane's distress and confusion, Clayton leaves for Africa to help, meeting up with the shaman Mugambe, whose village was plundered by Ravens to find a key to Opar.
Just as Tarzan's efforts to negotiate with Ravens to turn back fail, Jane decides to follow her fiancé. While glad to see her, he must now protect her while trying to stop Ravens and his men from continuing their expedition.
- Casper Van Dien as John Clayton/Tarzan
- Jane March as Jane Porter
- Steven Waddington as Nigel Ravens
- Winston Ntshona as Mugambe
- Rapulana Seiphemo as Kaya
- Ian Roberts as Captain Dooley
- Sean Taylor as Wilkes
- Gys De Villiers as Schiller
German composer Christopher Franke composed the original musical score.
The film received mainly negative reviews, criticizing the low budget production values, effects and writing. On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes it has an approval rating of 6% based on reviews from 18 critics.
A rare positive review came from The New York Times, where critic Lawrence Van Gelder declared the film "A throwback to the days of Saturday afternoon adventures in exotic locales that were usually Hollywood back lots" and that it "zips along, past the ritual lions, elephants and cobras to the city of Opar and its temple of illusions, tunnels and traps, and right to the inevitable satisfying showdown."
The film opened in the same weekend with The Big Hit and grossed $1 million in 12th place. It only took $2 million at the box office, making it a commercial failure.
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