Project X (1987)

Genres - Comedy Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Animal Picture  |   Release Date - Apr 17, 1987 (USA)  |   Run Time - 107 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - PG
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Project X is a top-secret government undertaking involving trained chimpanzees. Grounded pilot Matthew Broderick, assigned to teach the chimps how to operate a flight simulator, discovers that his charges are to be subjected to high levels of radiation to test potential human endurance. Risking a court martial, Broderick links up with Helen Hunt, the researcher who has taught the chimps sign language, to save the simians from destruction. The serious subtext of Project X is forgotten during a Disneyesque comic finale, wherein the lovable chimps nearly trigger a nuclear meltdown! Without taking anything away from human stars Matthew Broderick and Helen Hunt, we must note that the most engaging performance in Project X is delivered by Willie the Chimp, who aces the challenging role of Virgil the Chimp.

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chimpanzee, flight-simulator, pilot, project [plan], radiation, sign-language, military, nuclear-accident