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Project X (1987)

A young chimpanzee, Virgil, is abducted from his native habitat and brought to Wisconsin to learn sign language. After a year, he’s abducted once again and brought to the Experimental Pilot Performance Project at Lockridge Air Force Base to learn how to fly planes.

At Lockridge, Virgil meets wiseguy Ferris Bueller Jimmy Garrett, a young pilot who has limited experience flying and even less experience caring for animals. Over the course of several weeks, Virgil learns to fly in simulation and teaches the other chimps sign language. Meanwhile, he and Jimmy become good friends.

Shortly after Jimmy is promoted, he informs Virgil that “graduating” from the program means flying in simulation while being exposed to radiation until death. Virgil tells Jimmy he loves to fly but doesn’t want to die.

Jimmy decides to call Virgil’s sign language teacher in to help him free Virgil and the other chimps.


Virgil is stuck in his cell. Jimmy breaks into the flight facility while Teri waits in the getaway car.

These chimps sound pretty human…

Good ear! Since chimpanzees don’t make the same kinds of emotional noises humans expect, director Kaplan decided to dub over all of their parts with human-made chimp noises.

Who was that chimp calling?

Somebody who cares.

How fatal is 4300 rads?

Considering only 100 rads causes vomiting and300 rads causes bone marrow and intestinal breakdown, I’d say 4300 rads is pretty lethal.

Any other questions? Leave them below.



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