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The sole survivor of an interplanetary rescue mission searches for the only survivor of the previous expedition. He discovers a planet ruled by apes and an underground city run by telepathic humans.

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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 Huggo

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An army of civilized apes...A fortress of radiation-crazed super humans...Earth's final battle is about to begin - Beneath the atomic rubble of what was once the city of New York! See more »


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26 May 1970 (USA)  »

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Planet of the Apes Revisited  »

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Trivia

The sets of the mutants' council chamber are redressed sets from Hello, Dolly! (1969). See more »

Goofs

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 »

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John Brent: That thing out there, an atomic bomb... is your god?
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Powerful Sequel.
26 August 2013 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

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...

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Pity it wasn't allowed to stand...


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