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Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970)

G  |   |  Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi  |  26 May 1970 (USA)
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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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$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Despite the original being a significant success, the budget was slashed for this sequel. It went from $5 million to $2.5 million in one fell swoop. This was mainly due to 20th Century Fox teetering on the brink of bankruptcy following some majorly expensive failures, such as Hello, Dolly! (1969), Star! (1968) and Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970) The recruiting of Ted Post as director was instrumental here as he was used to minimal budgets and shortened schedules from his work on television. See more »

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(at around 57 mins) When Brent first encounters a mutant, Verger, he can see the "alpha omega fins" of the doomsday bomb. He turns and runs back to the double doors (2 seconds), turns around to respond to Verger's "beeps", and in this impossibly short time the bomb has already been lowered into the silo, so only the top is visible. See more »

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John Brent: That thing out there, an atomic bomb... is your god?
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Doomsday movie with old world technology but high-end impact!
15 January 2011 | by (Bangalore, India) – See all my reviews

This movie may not compare to the "Planet of the Apes" movies released in recent years that show off great outfits, makeup or special effects. But it makes up with sincere intention and thought-provoking message for mankind.

I felt the story was much bigger than the stars Charlton Heston or James Franciscus who both looked like they only played a small part in delivering a lesson on how we can either prevent or bring about doomsday on ourself. Which is how it should be, the plot should always be the bigger star.

Again, great message but everything else didn't rise up much. The performances were just decent(James Franciscus was the best) and some of the scenes had no proper continuity from one to the other.

Verdict: Anyways, this movie takes you back to an old world charm you hardly find today, and something for your mind to chew on long after it's over.


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