Deep in the African jungle, hunter/journalist Tekin and his guide
Kundar find a dead man - which carries a note saying ha and his wife and
son were attacked by natives and a request to deliver a letter to his
brother camil in Istanbul. This Tekin gladly does, and when Camil finally
receives and opens the letter, it turns out to contain a map to a
priceless treasure. So Camil and Tekin decide to mount an expedition to
Africa that also includes lovely Netzla and the self proclaimed hunter
Aziz, the comedy relief of the film.
Once in Africa, Tekin hires Kunda as a guide, but once Kundar learns
about the treasure, he makes some plans of his own, which includes his two
henchman who trail the expedition from now on.
Soon enough, the expedition runs into a hostile tribe of natives who
are driven away only when we hear a certain warcry by you-know-who.
Eventually, our heroes find the treasure, but before they want to travel
back to civilisation they decide to take a few days off. And when Netzla
goes swimming one day, she is sure enough attacked by a crocodile and only
just saved by a muscular man dressed only in a loincloth, who wrestles and
kills the crocodile, then takes her into the jungle with him and
introduces himself as Tarzan (Tamer Balci) in pretty much the usual
Actually, Tarzan wants to keep Netzla with him but she asks him to take
her back - which he does, making friends with the rest of the group ...
and he is of course revealed to be the son of the dead man from the
beginning of the film and thus Camil's nephew and the rightful owner of
the treasure he, as the lord of the jungle, has of course no need for.
Kundar of course sees in Tarzan a threat to his evil plans, and when
Tarzan leaves again he follows and shoots him. Then he and his henchmen
who have finally caught up request the treasure from the others at
gunpoint - but before they can even hand it over, they are all captured by
a native tribe that takes a delight in feeding its captives to the
crocodiles - and one by one, our little expedition is made even littler.
Tarzan though is not dead, he quickly heals his injuries from the shot
with the help of his chimp Cheetah, takes the next elephant to the native
village, fights and defeats the tribe almost single-handedly and frees
who's left from the expedition, only Netzla, Tekin and Aziz. The three of
them make their escape with Tarzan, but on the way to safety, Tekin wants
to fetch the treasure - and is killed by a native spear.
In the end, Tarzan, Netzla and Aziz all travel to istanbul ...
Future action star and director Kunt Tulgar plays Tarzan as a boy in
this one in a short sequence at the beginning of the film.
Having been presumed lost for decades, this film sounds campy even
thanks to its title - but as a matter of fact, Tarzan in Istanbul is
a pretty decent jungle adventure very much in the style of the early (and
Weissmuller Tarzans, expertly combining the film's actual
action with stock footage, footage of zoo animals and some snippets
snatched from older Tarzan films (which in fact is a
applied as well in the Weissmuller films), plus it's a very well-written,
well-filmed, well-edited and well-paced movie and probably a better film
than the Tarzan films released in the USA during the 1950's.
Actually it's a film that deserves much more attention than it currently
here to buy it directly from Onar Films]