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Project Nim

PG-13| 1 hr. 39 min.

Plot Summary
In the 1970s, professor Herb Terrace and his team raise a baby chimp as a human child, as part of an experiment intended to break the language barrier between animals and people.


Director: James Marsh

Genres: Documentary

Distributor: Roadside Attractions

Project Nim (2011)

Release Date: July 8th, 2011|1 hr. 39 min.

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critic reviews ( 3 )
fan reviews ( 4 )
  • After watching Project Nim, a distressing portrait of a misguided 1970s language experiment, you'll be glad you're not a chimp in a cage. But you might want to revoke your membership in the human race, which comes across as a narcissistic, hedonistic, self-absorbed, neglectful, anthropomorphizing and arrogant bunch of hippie-dippy know-it-alls. show more

  • For the most part, though, the real people - the movers and shakers of Nim's world - are there to speak for themselves in the present as well as the past, and the main ones are, with a conspicuous exception, a sorry, self-serving lot. show more

  • Nim is as unforgettable as the treatment of him is unspeakable. show more

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  • October 17, 2012 bm00000000130660
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    I just ate cheese, er I mean. Umm. yeah. So this seems like a useless waste of time, that is watching this film. Wouldn\'t any animal develop what ways we might teach them to communicate if we were to steal them/it at birth?

  • July 14, 2011 Dawn Forsythe
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    The chimp-human connection is frequently subject to human arrogance, sometimes cloaked in love, other times defined by science, and often supported by stupidity. Project Nim has it all. It makes awful reality, but a great movie! This is definitely my favorite movie of the year... ummm, decade.... ahhh, how about so far this century? See it.

  • July 13, 2011 mulder630
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    A fantastic movie. no scripted drama could do this story justice. HErt renching and hopeful a triumph. i

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