An Air Force pilot joins a top secret military experiment involving chimps, but begins to suspect there might be something more to the mysterious "Project X".


Jonathan Kaplan


Lawrence Lasker (story), Stanley Weiser (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Willie ... Virgil
Okko Okko ... Goofy
Karanja Karanja ... Goliath
Luke Luke ... Bluebeard
Harry Harry ... Ginger
Arthur Arthur ... Winston
Ciafu Ciafu ... Spike
Lucy Lucy ... Razzberry
Lulu Lulu ... Ethel
Mousie Mousie ... New Recruit
Matthew Broderick ... Jimmy Garrett
Helen Hunt ... Teri
William Sadler ... Dr. Carroll (as Bill Sadler)
Johnny Ray McGhee Johnny Ray McGhee ... Robertson
Jonathan Stark Jonathan Stark ... Sgt. Krieger


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 <>

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In the scene where the security guards are watching the game, the second guard refers to the first guard by the surname Froman. Abe Froman is the alias used by Matthew Broderick's character in Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986). See more »


Jimmy Garrett (Matthew Broderick) is seen playing poker in an NCO club. Jimmy (and the rest of the table) is an A1C (E-3), and NCO (in 1987 when this was released) was Buck Sergeant (E-4, 3 stripes with a white center star) and up. The star in the center of the rank from 1976-1991 being not blue denoted an NCO. Airmen would not be allowed in an NCO club or an Officer's Club, there are Airmen Clubs for those ranks. See more »


[last lines]
Teri: You're free. Go on. Go on.
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Helpless Dancer, just mentally helpless?
13 August 2005 | by xavier-borjaSee all my reviews

"This was pretty corny and unbelievable. What I call a silly drama. The acting was good, but the plot was totally unrealistic. At least, I don't think a monkey can fly a plane. The government is experimenting with chimps to see how long they can fly a plane in a simulated situation after taking a lethal dose of radiation. Helen Hunt's pet monkey gets into this program, and she is driven to rescuing him before his turn comes up. With the help of an air force cadet, she breaks the chimp out of the installation, but is in for big trouble from the military big-shots. Some tense moments follow, but they are so hammy that I couldn't get to worked up over the whole deal. Cute family show with some profanity."

Totally unrealistic, eh? Isn't ironic that this actually happened in real life? *shock*

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Release Date:

17 April 1987 (USA) See more »

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Project X See more »

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Pasadena, California, USA See more »


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$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,309,985, 19 April 1987

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