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Planet of the Apes -- A U.S. spacecraft lands on a desolate looking planet where the astronauts discover a world dominated by apes, and humans are considered savage animals.
Planet of the Apes -- An astronaut crew crash lands on a planet in the distant future where intelligent talking apes are the dominant species, and humans are the oppressed and enslaved.


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Release Date:
3 April 1968 (USA) See more »
Somewhere in the universe there must be something better than man. In a matter of time, an astronaut will wing through the centuries and find the answer. He may find the most terrifying one of all on the planet where apes are the rulers and man the beast. See more »
An astronaut crew crash lands on a planet in the distant future where intelligent talking apes are the dominant species, and humans are the oppressed and enslaved. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 5 wins See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Charlton Heston ... George Taylor

Roddy McDowall ... Cornelius

Kim Hunter ... Zira

Maurice Evans ... Dr. Zaius

James Whitmore ... President of the Assembly

James Daly ... Honorious

Linda Harrison ... Nova
Robert Gunner ... Landon
Lou Wagner ... Lucius

Woodrow Parfrey ... Maximus
Jeff Burton ... Dodge
Buck Kartalian ... Julius

Norman Burton ... Hunt Leader
Wright King ... Dr. Galen
Paul Lambert ... Minister
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gene O'Donnell ... (unconfirmed)

Army Archerd ... Gorilla (uncredited)
James Bacon ... Ape (uncredited)
Erlynn Mary Botelho ... Gorilla (uncredited)
Priscilla Boyd ... Human #1 (uncredited)
Eldon Burke ... Gorilla (uncredited)
David Chow ... Chimpanzee (uncredited)

Billy Curtis ... Child Ape (uncredited)
Frank Delfino ... Child Ape (uncredited)
Buddy Douglas ... Child Ape (uncredited)
Chuck Fisher ... Gorilla (uncredited)
William Graeff Jr. ... Gorilla (uncredited)
Lars Hensen ... Gorilla (uncredited)
Irvin 'Zabo' Koszewski ... Gorilla (uncredited)
Norma Jean Kron ... Chimpanzee (uncredited)
Robert Lombardo ... Gorilla Photographer (uncredited)
Jerry Maren ... Child Ape (uncredited)
Cass Martin ... Chimpanzee (uncredited)
Steve Merjanian ... Gorilla (uncredited)
Harry Monty ... Child Ape (uncredited)
John Quijada ... Gorilla (uncredited)
Smokey Roberds ... Chimpanzee (uncredited)
Dave Rodgers ... Gorilla (uncredited)
Jane Ross ... Human (uncredited)
George Sasaki ... Chimpanzee (uncredited)

Felix Silla ... Child Gorilla (uncredited)
Emory Souza ... Child Ape (uncredited)
Dianne Stanley ... Astronaut Stewart (uncredited)
Joe Tornatore ... Gorilla (uncredited)

Directed by
Franklin J. Schaffner 
Writing credits
Michael Wilson (screenplay) and
Rod Serling (screenplay)

Pierre Boulle (novel)

Produced by
Mort Abrahams .... associate producer
Arthur P. Jacobs .... producer
Original Music by
Jerry Goldsmith 
Cinematography by
Leon Shamroy (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Hugh S. Fowler 
Art Direction by
William J. Creber  (as William Creber)
Jack Martin Smith 
Set Decoration by
Norman Rockett (set decorations)
Walter M. Scott (set decorations)
Costume Design by
Morton Haack (costumes designed by)
Makeup Department
John Chambers .... creative makeup designer
Edith Lindon .... hairstyling
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
Daniel C. Striepeke .... makeup artist (as Dan Striepeke)
Ken Chase .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Peter R.J. Deyell .... makeup artist (uncredited)
John Enzarella .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Verne Langdon .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Leo Lotito Jr. .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Paul Malcolm .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Eve Newing .... hairdresser (uncredited)
Ken Osborne .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Sharleen Rassi .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Howard Smit .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Josephine Turner .... wig maker (uncredited)
Jan Van Uchelen .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Marvin G. Westmore .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Gene Witham .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Fuminori Ôhashi .... makeup advisor (uncredited)
Production Management
William Eckhardt .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William Kissell .... assistant director (as William Kissel)
Robert Doudell .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Murray Schwartz .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Ray Barone .... painter (uncredited)
Wah Chang .... special props (uncredited)
Don B. Greenwood .... props (uncredited)
Greg C. Jensen .... set constructor (uncredited)
Donald L. Nobles .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
Pat O'Connor .... props (uncredited)
Benjamin Resella .... scenic effects supervisor (uncredited)
Bob Steffenson .... props (uncredited)
Sound Department
David Dockendorf .... sound
Herman Lewis .... sound
Special Effects by
Vernon Archer .... special effects (uncredited)
Johnny Borgese .... special effects (uncredited)
Bill Clove .... special effects (uncredited)
Glen Galvin .... special effects (uncredited)
Marlin Jones .... special effects (uncredited)
Ralph Winigar .... special effects (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
L.B. Abbott .... special photographic effects
Art Cruickshank .... special photographic effects
Emil Kosa Jr. .... special photographic effects
Lightning Bear .... stunts (uncredited)
Eldon Burke .... stunts (uncredited)
Steven Burnett .... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Canutt .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Tap Canutt .... stunts (uncredited)
Nick Dimitri .... stunts (uncredited)
Tom L. Dittman .... stunts (uncredited)
Bennie E. Dobbins .... stunts (uncredited)
Louie Elias .... stunts (uncredited)
Tony Epper .... stunt double (uncredited)
Fritz Ford .... stunt double (uncredited)
William Graeff Jr. .... stunts (uncredited)
Kent Hays .... stunts (uncredited)
Eddie Hice .... stunts (uncredited)
Whitey Hughes .... stunts (uncredited)
Loren Janes .... stunts (uncredited)
J. David Jones .... aerial stunts (uncredited)
Kim Kahana .... stunts (uncredited)
Gene LeBell .... stunts (uncredited)
Terry Leonard .... stunts (uncredited)
Lars Lundgren .... stunts (uncredited)
Frank Orsatti .... stunts (uncredited)
Regis Parton .... stunts (uncredited)
John Quijada .... stunts (uncredited)
Glenn Randall Jr. .... stunts (uncredited)
Dave Rodgers .... stunts (uncredited)
Bill M. Ryusaki .... stunts (uncredited)
Alex Sharp .... stunts (uncredited)
Jim Sheppard .... stunts (uncredited)
Roy N. Sickner .... stunts (uncredited)
Ted White .... stunts (uncredited)
George P. Wilbur .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Lee Crawford .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Thomas Del Ruth .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Fred Hall .... gaffer (uncredited)
Ronald B. MacKenzie .... electrician (uncredited)
Leo McCreary .... key grip (uncredited)
Bob Neilsen .... best boy (uncredited)
Larry Prather .... still photographer (uncredited)
Martin Rohde .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Irving Rosenberg .... camera operator (uncredited)
Casting Department
Carl Joy .... atmosphere casting (uncredited)
Joe Scully .... unit casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Truman Eli .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Robert Fuca .... assistant set costumer (uncredited)
Barbara Haroutunian .... wardrobe (uncredited)
John Intlekofer .... costumer (uncredited)
Music Department
Arthur Morton .... orchestrator
Transportation Department
Steve Bonner .... driver (uncredited)
Chris Haynes .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Glen Harmon Jr. .... landscaper (uncredited)
'Chema' Hernandez .... head wrangler (uncredited)
Jack Hirshberg .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Robert Lombardi .... landscaper (uncredited)
Tom Pryor .... auditor (uncredited)
Don Record .... title designer (uncredited)
Dominic Santarone .... caterer (uncredited)
Ruth Santarone .... caterer (uncredited)
Rose Steinberg .... script supervisor (uncredited)
John Thomason .... construction labor (uncredited)
Lonnie Thomason .... construction manager (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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112 min | Argentina:115 min | Spain:107 min (DVD edition)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Brazil:12 | Canada:G (Manitoba/Quebec) | Canada:A (Nova Scotia) | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-16 | Germany:12 | Iceland:L | Ireland:G | Netherlands:12 | Netherlands:14 (orginal rating) | New Zealand:PG | Norway:16 (1968) | Peru:PT | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | Spain:T | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) | USA:G (DVD/Blu-Ray Rating) | USA:G (Digital Streaming) | USA:G (certificate #21743) | West Germany:12
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The apes' village is modeled on the work of legendary Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí and the Göreme Valley in Cappadocia, Turkey.See more »
Revealing mistakes: Actors' lips and teeth can be seen behind the ape make-up at several points, giving the apes two rows of teeth. One example is Dr. Zaius in his first scene.See more »
[first lines]
George Taylor:And that completes my final report until we reach touchdown. We're now on full automatic, in the hands of the computers. I have tucked my crew in for the long sleep and I'll be joining them soon. In less than an hour, we'll finish our sixth month out of Cape Kennedy...
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74 out of 86 people found the following review useful.
Get your hands off this movie, you damn dirty remake!, 20 March 2006
Author: Lee Eisenberg ( from Portland, Oregon, USA

It's especially interesting that "Planet of the Apes" was released a few months before "2001: A Space Odyssey", as they both look at the same question: what will become of humanity (and how did we originate)? Obviously, the really famous line is Charlton Heston's snap at his captors, and the really famous scene is the end - which I won't tell here for fear of spoiling the whole movie. And what an impressive movie it is! Unfortunately, I can't say the same for Tim Burton's remake. "POTA" should never have been remade. So, for a cinematic treat, stick to this one and avoid the remake.

One more thing is that some people have pointed out that the portrayals of the simians were kinda racist. The blond, cultured orangutans are the nobles; the dark-haired, mildly nervous chimpanzees are the scientists; and the dark-skinned, incompetent gorillas are the police. Oh well. It's still a good movie.

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