The Ivory Ape (1980)

Genres - Adventure, Crime  |   Run Time - 96 min.  |   Countries - Japan, USA  |  
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Set in Bermuda, this TV movie focuses on a hunt for a rare Albino gorilla, recently captured in Africa by ruthless big-game hunter Marc Kazarian (Jack Palance). Dedicated government agent Baxter Mapes (Steven Keats) and his ex-girlfriend, Lil Tyler (Cindy Pickett), conduct a humanitarian search for the ape, which has slipped through the fingers of the greedy Kazarian. But hero and heroine had better hurry; the villain has convinced the locals that the ape is a killer, and must be brought in dead or alive. One of the few live-action efforts from the animation firm of Rankin-Bass (whose previous productions included Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and The Little Drummer Boy), The Ivory Ape made its ABC network bow on April 18, 1980.



animal, rescue, America, animal-rescue, escape, gorilla, hunting, rare