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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:
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Release Date:
3 April 1968 (USA) See more »
Genre:
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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(175 articles)
Actor Booth Colman Dies at 91
 (From Variety - TV News. 21 December 2014, 11:29 AM, PST)

Actor Booth Colman Dies at 91
 (From Variety - Film News. 21 December 2014, 11:29 AM, PST)

David Watson, Who Played Cornelius in 'Beneath the Planet of the Apes,' Dies at 74
 (From The Hollywood Reporter. 11 November 2014, 5:05 PM, PST)

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Much better than the remake See more (383 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 Michael 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 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 Michael 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)
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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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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Trivia:
During breaks in filming, actors made up as different ape species tended to hang out together, gorillas with gorillas, orangutans with orangutans, chimps with chimps. It wasn't required, it just naturally happened.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: When Taylor is telling his companions, "We are 300 light years from home", this is impossible. They have only been out 18 months at "near the speed of light". Therefore, the furthest they could be would be one and one-half light years.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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92 out of 112 people found the following review useful.
Much better than the remake, 13 February 2004
Author: rbverhoef (rbverhoef@hotmail.com) from The Hague, Netherlands

The original 'Planet of the Apes' is better than the 2001 remake on almost every level. May be Tim Burton's version looks better, no wonder with Burton as the director, but the direction itself, the cinematography, the story and the performances in Franklin J. Schaffner's original are much better and more interesting.

Heston is Taylor, who crashes with his spaceship on what seems to be a deserted planet. He and two other survivors start searching for life. They run into other human beings, and at that time they are all attacked by apes. The apes speak English, the human beings are mute. In this society a human being is what apes are in our society. Animals, nothing more. The humans are taken for research, Taylor as well, and since he is shot in the neck he is not able to talk at first. One of his fellow survivors is dead, what happened to the other is unsure. A female ape who is a scientist discovers that Taylor understands her, and even thinks he can talk. Of course this is not what the high people in this society want to hear.

The movie has some very interesting elements. Worlds are upside down, as Taylor says, and in a way the movie puts a mirror in front of us. The human beings are humiliated in exactly the way we treat animals. What would we do if another mammal suddenly knew how to speak our language? We would probably react the same as the apes do in this movie and therefore it is even more interesting.

In liked the movie very much, and some very nice moments in particular. Early in the movie Taylor gets a woman in his cage. He calls her Nova (Linda Harrison). We know what the apes want, and it is funny because it is exactly how we do this kind of stuff to our animals. The apes are even surprised when Taylor wants to keep his woman, and therefore seems monogamous.

With some nice touches, a great and famous ending, some quotes that will sound very familiar, Charlton Heston as a pretty good leading man, a score from Jerry Goldsmith that is perfect for a movie like this, nice direction and a fine cinematography by Leon Shamroy this movie is a very good classic.

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