Director & Producer Carl Schenkel
Story Edgar Rice Burroughs
Screenplay Bayard Johnson &
J Anderson Black

Tarzan Casper Van Dien
Jane Porter Jane March
Nigel Ravens Steven Waddington
Mugambe Winston Ntshona
Kaya Rapulana Seiphemo
Captain Dooley Ian Roberts
Wilkes Sean Taylor
Schiller Gys De Villiers

• Producer Stanley S Canter is obviously a determined individual with a passion for the works of Edgar Rice Burroughs.  He spent 12 years getting Greystoke - The Legend of Tarzan (1984) to the screen and began to envision the sequel as soon as that work was completed.  He acquired the sequel rights in 1991 and spent the next six years developing the story.  The script by Bayard Johnson and J Anderson Black was submitted to German producer Dieter Geissler who had formed his own production company in 1967.  He had also recently opened a state-of-the-art special effects facility in Germany.  Canter chose South Africa for the location shooting and pre-production commenced there early in 1997 under the control of European producer Carl Schenkel.  Canter had been impressed by Casper Van Dien's combination of brains and brawn as Johnny Rico in Starship Troopers and offered him the role of Tarzan.  He also felt that the combination of Jane March's delicate beauty and spirited feistiness were ideal for the role of Jane.  Austrian art director Herbert Pinter constructed seventeen different sets for the film, the most elaborate being that of Opar, the lost city, which was comprised of 180 tons of steel towering 100 feet high.  The release date was 8 August 1998. (Warners)

• To hear the ape cry used in this film click on the image at right

PLOT - Note: Spoiler warning
• Tarzan is attending a bachelor party to celebrate his marriage to Jane Porter when he has a vision of ruthless plunderers destroying the villages of his childhood home in Africa.  It is a psychic cry for help from his old shaman friend.  Much to Jane's displeasure he departs for Africa immediately.  On arrival he finds that a ruthless gang of soldiers-of-fortune, led by the Oxford-educated Nigel Ravens, are looting and pillaging villages in their search for the mythical city of Opar.  Tarzan warns Ravens to desist from his nefarious activities but Ravens will not be deterred from his goal (right).  Opar is believed to be the cradle of civilisation and is said to be the repository of a vast treasure.  Matters are complicated by the arrival of Jane who has pluckily decided that she would rather be at the side of her fiancé instead of in England waiting for his return.  Ravens is attracted to Jane but takes her prisoner to use her as bait to lure Tarzan to his death, but Tarzan outwits him.  Ravens eventually manages to reach the treasure vaults of Opar but the mystical powers of the inhabitants prevent the gold hunter from desecrating the sacred inner sanctum and he is killed.  Tarzan and Jane happily resume their plans for a jungle wedding.

Click on the image below to view the trailer for this film:

Click on the image below to view a set of French lobby cards for this film:

• Warner Bros Tarzan and the Lost City Homepage
• The film clip of the trailer for this film was created by Mathieu Neyens' for his Tarzan en Jane web site (Belgian).  Many thanks!
• The top photo was pilfered from an eBbay auction item
• The bottom photo is a screenshot from the Tarzan and the Lost City Warner Home Video DVD 1999
• The video clip of the trailer for this film was uploaded to Youtube by me specifically to embed in this web page
• Read a review and rating of this film at At-A-Glance-Film-Reviews
• Visit the official Warner Bros Tarzan and the Lost City Homepage
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This page was updated March 2008