The world is shocked by the appearance of three talking chimpanzees, who arrived mysteriously in a U.S. spacecraft. They become the toast of society; but one man believes them to be a threat to the human race.
In a futuristic world that has embraced ape slavery, Caesar, the son of the late simians Cornelius and Zira, surfaces after almost twenty years of hiding out from the authorities, and prepares for a slave revolt against humanity.
J. Lee Thompson
Ten years after conquering the Earth, ape leader Caesar wants the ruling apes and enslaved humans to live in peace. But warring factions of apes led by a militant gorilla general as well as various human groups threaten the stability.
J. Lee Thompson
Brent is an American astronaut, part of a team sent to locate missing fellow American astronaut, George Taylor. Following Taylor's known flight trajectory, the search and rescue team crash lands on an unknown planet much like Earth in the year 3955, with Brent being the only survivor of the team. What Brent initially does not know, much like Taylor didn't initially know when he landed here before Brent, is that he has landed back on Earth in the future, in the vicinity of what was New York City. Brent finds evidence that Taylor has been on the planet. In Brent's search for Taylor, he finds that the planet is run by a barbaric race of English speaking apes, whose mission is in part to annihilate the human race. Brent eventually locates some of those humans, who communicate telepathically and who live underground to prevent detection by the apes. These humans, who are in their own way as barbaric as the apes, want in turn to protect their species. Brent has to figure out a way to save ... Written by
Due to the smaller budget of this film, many of the extras cast as apes wore masks instead of the famous ape make up. See more »
(at around 6 mins) When Taylor looks back at the ship's clock for Earth in the first film, it reads 3973. But Brent tells his dying commander that the year is 3955. This is repeated in "Escape". See more »
This picks up where the first left off, as Charlton Heston(Taylor) journeys into the desert with his mate Nova(Linda Harrison), where he disappears, but then there is the arrival of a rescue space craft, led by Brent(James Franciscus). He contacts both Cornelius and Zira, who point him into the Forbidden Zone, where an invasion is being led by gorilla leader General Ursus(James Gregory, superb, with lots of memorable lines.)All is revealed when they meet a mutated group of humans, who worship a mysterious deity, one that may prove to be the end of them all...
One of the best sequels ever made, builds upon the original, rather than repeats it, with many interesting twists and turns, all leading to an explosive ending that will come as quite a shock; so unexpected(yet sadly inevitable) that it is my personal favorite ending of all time.
Pity it wasn't allowed to stand...
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