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Project X (1987)



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A grounded pilot discovers a secret government experiment that involves exposing a group of trained chimpanzees to obscenely high levels of radiation. This comedy-drama follows the pilot as he teams together with a kind-hearted researcher to free the animals, even though it might mean the end of his career.

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Matthew Broderick
as Jimmy Garrett
William Sadler
as Dr. Carroll
Jonathan Stark
as Sgt. Krieger
Robin Gammell
as Col. Niles
Jean Smart
as Dr. Criswell
Chuck Bennett
as Gen. Claybourne
as Spke Chimp
Mark Harden
as Airman Lewis
Duncan Wilmore
as Maj. Duncan
as Goliath Chimp
Marvin J. McIntyre
as Jimmy's Cellmate
as Razzberry Chimp
as Ethel Chimp
Harry Northrup
as Ginger Chimp
Paul "Mousie" Garner
as New Recruit Chimp
Reed R. McCants
as Lt. Frohman
as Goofy Chimp
Lance August
as Cochran
Stan Foster
as Daniels
as Virgil Chimp
Shelly Desai
as Mr. Verrous
Dick Miller
as Max King
Catherine Paolone
as Miss Decker
John Chilton
as Dr. Hutchins
David Raynr
as Airman Curtis
Lynn Eastman
as Sgt. Huntley
Kim Robillard
as Lt. Rainey
David Stenstrom
as Lt. Durschlag
Sonny Carl Davis
as Sgt. Ridley
Robert Covarrubias
as MP Rodriguez
Dino Shorte
as MP Jones
Ken Lerner
as Finley
David Hubbard
as Airman Curtis
Bob Minor
as Air Policeman
Raymond Elmendorf
as Air Policeman
Deborah Offner
as Carol Lee
Tee Rodgers
as Brig MP
Jackie Kinner
as United Way Volunteer
Mady Kaplan
as TV Announcer
Chevis Cooper
as Customer
Ken Sagoes
as Patrolman
Sam Laws
as Bartender
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Critic Reviews for Project X

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (9)

A combination of expose on Air Force experiments with chimpanzees and cuddly pet story, Project X should fly high as family entertainment.

April 17, 2018 | Full Review…

"Project X" reflects quality and care throughout, but its elements don't quite mesh.

October 26, 2011 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Plenty of strikes against this--moronic story line, obligatory animal mugging, more "awwwww" opportunities than any film since 3 Men and a Cradle--but it's still one of the most accomplished pulp fantasies in a while.

October 26, 2011 | Full Review…

Broderick is rightly more subdued here than in some recent performances, and supporting cast is discreetly effective.

March 26, 2009 | Full Review…

Disney-ish drama with a conscience.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The director, Jonathan Kaplan, lays on the animal antics without stint; it's a one-ring circus. The way he tugs at our sympathy for the poor smart beasts may remind you of a house pet scratching away for attention.

May 21, 2003 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Project X


Not that I'm on the side of the crazy army scientist guys in this movie or anything, but I hate movies with monkeys. This is no exception, the story is predictable, yet the actors were good, but all the while I kept hating those monkeys who were supposed to be all cute, they get on my nerves.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

Save the monkeys! Pretty much exactly what you expect.

Marion Ravenwood
Marion Ravenwood

Super Reviewer

Sad movie about military medical experiment on monkeys. Stars a young Matthew Broderick and Helen Hunt who try to rescue the animals.

Candy Rose
Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

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