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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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Writers:
Michael Wilson (screenplay) and
Rod Serling (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
3 April 1968 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
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 »
Plot:
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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Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 5 wins See more »
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(176 articles)
User Reviews:
A milestone; one of the best films ever made See more (396 total) »

Cast

  (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)
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
 
Stunts
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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Runtime:
112 min | Argentina:115 min | Spain:107 min (DVD edition)
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Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
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 (Approved No. 21096) | West Germany:12
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Michael Wilson was brought in to do a rewrite of Rod Serling's screenplay. Wilson's contribution is most evident in the kangaroo courtroom scene, Wilson being an embittered target of the blacklisting Joseph McCarthy "witchhunts" of the 1950s.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: (at around 1h 22 mins) When Lucius comes to liberate Taylor, he clobbers Julius whose cigar falls out of his mouth. The next shot shows it back in his mouth.See more »
Quotes:
[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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FAQ

What was the ape hierarchy in the film?
Why did the apes immediately lobotomize Landon but not Taylor?
What happened to the moon?
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124 out of 158 people found the following review useful.
A milestone; one of the best films ever made, 28 July 2001
Author: zetes from Saint Paul, MN

When I recently, for fun, ranked my favorite films in a top 100 list, Planet of the Apes ended up at 33. It was the second sci-fi on the list, after 2001, which ranked #1. I have always been disappointed and irked at the ill-will that some people have towards Planet of the Apes. I almost assaulted someone who described Apes as "one of those so-bad-it's-funny type of movies" a few months ago. I take this film very seriously, and I wish others would do the same.

I think one of the reasons there is so much animosity against this one is that it is undeniably dated. Not too much, but it would be difficult to sit a young teenager, raised on 1990s movies, down in front of it and have him/her enjoy it. Even a young adult, between the ages of 18 and 25, would find it difficult. Planet of the Apes definitely exists in a specific time, the late 1960s. This was the best decade for film, churning out tons of both American and foreign masterpieces. Times were rough, and the Vietnam War was growing in intensity by the time Planet of the Apes was made. Because of this, we see many references to the current dilemma. The film willy-nilly debates issues like hunting, violence, animal rights, evolution vs creationism, class structure, and nuclear war. Taylor tells a young, rebellious, teenage chimpanzee not to trust anyone over 30 (a common youth adage in the late 60s). Yes, it has so many topics that it seems to be about to burst at times. And, yes, the satire does go overboard once in a while. Still, it is all argued passionately. You can tell that everyone involved, even Heston, believes in what they are saying. In its own way, Planet of the Apes is as intellectual and philosophical a film as 2001. I know that, when teens and younger people go see the Tim Burton remake (which is not great, btw), there are going to be many who overpraise it and say that it is much better than the original. You would have to be mentally handicapped to honestly believe so.

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