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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:
Michael Wilson (screenplay) and
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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 »
User Reviews:
Of Monkeys and Men See more (378 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)
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)
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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 (as L. B. Abbott)
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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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 | 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:
The make-up team consisted of over 80 make-up artists.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Taylor is shooting back at the cave, the rifle is clearly shown to have no magazine (i.e. its not loaded).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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69 out of 86 people found the following review useful.
Of Monkeys and Men, 12 November 2005
Author: sophie_lou21 from U.K, England

In recent years sci-fi have been filled with flashing lights, high-budget CGI effects and ridiculous stunts like in THE MATRIX and I, ROBOT. If you don't like one sci-fi film you're unlikely to like any as they're all the same. However, my dad took down PLANET OF THE APES from our video shelf. Unlike most sci-fi films it was made in a time that had to deal without CGI and relied completely on the break through movie make-up as well as providing what people have voted time and time again "The Greatest Film Ending". PLANET OF THE APES has a memorable cast, simple plot and it keeps your attention even as the credits are rolling at the end. Based on Pierre Boulle's lesser novel (La Planète des singes AKA Monkey Planet) tells of an astronaut landing on a distant planet and discovering that man's role as the superior life form has been reversed with the apes. The film has many needed changes to it to make it more watch-able and tap into the true fears at the time the film was made. In 1968, everyone lived in fear of an atomic bomb attack and PLANET OF THE APES truly taps into that fear, for reasons I will not reveal but it is understandable why the story was so popular at the time and why it shocked everyone.

PLANET OF THE APES tells the story of George Taylor (Charlton Heston), when he and his doomed astronaut friends find themselves stranded on a distant planet. It seems to be inhospitable with no life. However, after travelling throughout the place, which is famously referred to as "The Forbidden Zone", discover plenty of life including ape like humans and human like apes. Taylor is shot in the neck rendering him unable to speak. Treated as a wounded animal he is taken to a human-ape study lab where he meets Zira (Kim Hunter), a sympathetic and friendly chimpanzee. She almost straight away notices that Taylor's intelligence goes far beyond that of any other human, and she encourages him to speak. However, orangutan leader Dr Zaius sneers on Zira's and her fiancé Cornelius' (Roddy McDowall) belief in any human intelligence, and won't listen to reason. Despite Cornelius' skeptical feelings towards Taylor, he agrees to help prove his intelligence which is proved once he finally says his famous line: "Take your stinking paws of me you damn dirty ape!"

Heston is anything other then a likable character. Unlike Ulysse Merou in the novel Taylor is slightly moody, but a likable character who values his friendship with Zira and Cornelius. He represents what humans truly are that is self-centered, violent and dangerous. Though on stage he is reportedly (according to Laurence Olivier) truly a talented actor, on screen and in PLANET OF THE APES, Heston basically turned up and played himself. Nonetheless the character of Taylor works as you either love him or you hate him. The rebel Taylor is no different from the other pushy characters Heston has played over the years. With his tough, physical god-like body you suppose that in a film where the apes are pushing us humans about because we're basically behaving like apes he is just what the doctor ordered.

Of course we all know that it's the two lovable chimps Zira and Cornelius that we remember the most in the PLANET OF THE APES films for their charm and humor they bring to the story. Hunter's portrayal of Zira was a masterpiece on its own, giving one of the most powerful performances. It's fair to say that Zira is the strongest and most developed character in the film. Indeed she is the only ape that Taylor actually likes! With her wit and admirable sense of humor it's not surprising that most people asked who their favorite character is reply "Zira". Hunter manages to make Zira what she was meant to be, more human then ape. In fact, she's more human than most of the beautiful female actresses of the 60's films. Despite the fact she looks as ugly as hell in her ape make-up the charm still shines through.

Of course, if you don't love the intelligent and cool Zira, you always have intelligent and nerdy Cornelius. McDowell, next to Heston, is the most celebrated male actor in the films as he comes over as the nerd of the rebel gang that you just want to hug. In the film, Taylor seems to have a love-hate rivalry with Cornelius as they constantly challenge each other like full-blooded males do no matter how civilized. A good example of this is when Zira allows Taylor to kiss her on the lips as a goodbye and Cornelius makes his jealousy clear. However Taylor sticks up for him against Zaius, which shows not as much friendship as understanding. McDowell is an irreplaceable member of the cast who is near impossible to live up to.

PLANET OF THE APES is a mark in cinema history, famous for these talented artists, gripping story and an amazing ending that shocks you, scares you, breaks you and brings you to tears with the realization that you'll never truly experience a film like this again. Anyone who is anyone owes it to himself or herself to watch this film and experience the feeling. Even people who dislike sci-fi are likely to enjoy this. A film that truly did break STAR WARS and challenged it like no other film ever could. PLANET OF THE APES will live on in all of us. It will go on forever, find its way to younger audiences and will win them over just it won over us.

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