The Ivory Ape

The Ivory Ape
Genre Action
Written by Arthur Rankin Jr.
William Overgard
Directed by Tsugunobu Kotani
Starring Jack Palance
Steven Keats
Cindy Pickett
Celine Lomez
Theme music composer Bernard Hoffer
Maury Laws
Country of origin USA/Japan
Original language(s) English
Executive producer(s) Arthur Rankin Jr.
Jules Bass
Producer(s) Arthur Rankin Jr.
Benni Korzen (associate producer)
Masaki Îzuka (associate producer)
Location(s) Bermuda
Cinematography Yuzo Inagaki
Editor(s) Wendy Wank
Running time 104 minutes
Production company(s) Tsuburaya Productions
Rankin/Bass Productions
Distributor ABC
Original network ABC
Original release April 18, 1980

The Ivory Ape is a television action film produced by Rankin/Bass and first broadcast on ABC on April 18, 1980. It was entirely filmed in Bermuda.


Set in Bermuda, this 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 are fighting against time as the villain has convinced the locals that the ape is a killer, and must be brought in dead or alive.


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