Project X (1987)

PG   |    |  Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi

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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".




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  • Matthew Broderick and Willie in Project X (1987)
  • Marvin J. McIntyre in Project X (1987)
  • William Sadler in Project X (1987)
  • Matthew Broderick and Willie in Project X (1987)
  • Stephen Lang in Project X (1987)

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28 December 2013 | utgard14
| I Enjoyed It
Air Force trainee (Matthew Broderick) is caught with a girl in a plane and is punished by being sent to a research facility where they train chimpanzees to fly with flight simulators. He becomes attached to one chimp in particular named Virgil, who was trained to speak sign language by Helen Hunt. Eventually he learns that the chimps are subjected to deadly experiments. So he seeks out Virgil's trainer so they can try to save the chimps.

Obviously this is an easy movie to deride. With its animal rights and anti-military themes, it's going to lose some audience members at the door. I'm not saying that the movie is completely fair on these issues. It's a pretty clear black & white/good vs bad kind of story that tugs at the heartstrings more than it engages the mind. But it does it very well. I enjoyed the movie a lot despite not agreeing with its oversimplified viewpoints 100%. Broderick and Hunt were great but the chimps really steal the show. It's hard not to feel sympathetic towards their plight. I also liked the ending, which many seem to think is silly. It was Disneyesque but appropriately hopeful. It's a good film. Check it out if you're not overly cynical.

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Release Date:

17 April 1987


English, American Sign Language

Country of Origin


Filming Locations

Pasadena, California, USA

Box Office


$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,309,985 19 April 1987

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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