IMDb > Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970)
Beneath the Planet of the Apes
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970) More at IMDbPro »

Photos (See all 50 | slideshow) Videos (see all 2)
Beneath the Planet of the Apes -- Open-ended Trailer from 20th Century Fox


User Rating:
6.1/10   26,992 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Up 16% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Paul Dehn (story) and
Mort Abrahams (story) ...
View company contact information for Beneath the Planet of the Apes on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
26 May 1970 (USA) See more »
The bizarre world you met in 'Planet of the Apes' was only the beginning... What lies beneath may be the end! See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
User Reviews:
Classic Sci-Fi Adventure with a KILLER Ending See more (138 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

James Franciscus ... Brent

Kim Hunter ... Zira

Maurice Evans ... Dr. Zaius

Linda Harrison ... Nova

Paul Richards ... Mendez

Victor Buono ... Fat Man

James Gregory ... Ursus

Jeff Corey ... Caspay

Natalie Trundy ... Albina

Thomas Gomez ... Minister
David Watson ... Cornelius
Don Pedro Colley ... Ongaro
Tod Andrews ... Skipper

Gregory Sierra ... Verger
Eldon Burke ... Gorilla Sgt.
Lou Wagner ... Lucius

Charlton Heston ... Taylor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Army Archerd ... Gorilla (uncredited)
Edward Bach ... Picket (uncredited)
James Bacon ... Ape (uncredited)
Stan Barrett ... Gorilla (uncredited)
Angelina Bauer ... Chimp Protestor (uncredited)
Erlynn Mary Botelho ... Ape (uncredited)
Dick Bullock ... Gorilla (uncredited)
Bruce Fleischer ... Gorilla (uncredited)
Paul Frees ... Ending Voiceover (voice) (uncredited)

Roddy McDowall ... Cornelius (archive footage) (uncredited)
Hank Robinson ... Bomb Worshipper (uncredited)

Directed by
Ted Post 
Writing credits
Paul Dehn (story) and
Mort Abrahams (story)

Pierre Boulle (characters created by)

Paul Dehn (screenplay)

Produced by
Mort Abrahams .... associate producer
Arthur P. Jacobs .... producer
Original Music by
Leonard Rosenman 
Cinematography by
Milton R. Krasner (director of photography) (as Milton Krasner)
Film Editing by
Marion Rothman 
Art Direction by
William J. Creber  (as William Creber)
Jack Martin Smith 
Set Decoration by
Walter M. Scott 
Sven Wickman 
Costume Design by
Morton Haack (costumes designed by)
Makeup Department
John Chambers .... creative makeup designer
Edith Lindon .... hair styling
Daniel C. Striepeke .... makeup supervisor (as Dan Striepeke)
Peter R.J. Deyell .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Verne Langdon .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Sharleen Rassi .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Jan Van Uchelen .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
Joseph C. Behm .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Chuck Roberson .... second unit director
Fred R. Simpson .... assistant director (as Fred Simpson)
Murray Schwartz .... assistant director (uncredited)
Milton Trager .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Fred Harpman .... art illustrator
Pat O'Connor .... prop master (uncredited)
Sound Department
Stephen Bass .... sound
David Dockendorf .... sound
Orrick Barrett .... boom operator (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Johnny Borgese .... special effects (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
L.B. Abbott .... special photographic effects
Art Cruickshank .... special photographic effects
Denny Arnold .... stunts (uncredited)
Stan Barrett .... stunts (uncredited)
Dick Bullock .... stunts (uncredited)
Eldon Burke .... stunts (uncredited)
Steven Burnett .... stunts (uncredited)
William H. Burton Jr. .... stunts (uncredited)
Hank Calia .... stunts (uncredited)
Tap Canutt .... stunts (uncredited)
Nick Dimitri .... stunts (uncredited)
Gary Epper .... stunts (uncredited)
Tony Epper .... stunts (uncredited)
Alan Gibbs .... stunts (uncredited)
Mickey Gilbert .... stunts (uncredited)
Orwin C. Harvey .... stunts (uncredited)
Kent Hays .... stunts (uncredited)
Eddie Hice .... stunts (uncredited)
Clyde Hudkins Jr. .... stunts (uncredited)
Dick Hudkins .... stunts (uncredited)
Whitey Hughes .... stunts (uncredited)
Loren Janes .... stunts (uncredited)
Hubie Kerns Jr. .... stunts (uncredited)
Hubie Kerns .... stunts (uncredited)
Gene LeBell .... stunts (uncredited)
Terry Leonard .... stunts (uncredited)
Gary McLarty .... stunts (uncredited)
George Sawaya .... stunts (uncredited)
Walter Scott .... stunts (uncredited)
Eddie Smith .... stunts (uncredited)
Paul Stader .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Jack Williams .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Arthur Gerstle .... camera assistant (uncredited)
Fred Hall .... gaffer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Richard Lane .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Ralph Ferraro .... orchestrator
Robert Bain .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Paul Beaver .... musician: moog synthesizer (uncredited)
Ray Brown .... musician: bass (uncredited)
Larry Bunker .... musician: drums (uncredited)
Caesar Giovannini .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Wally Heglin .... music copyist (uncredited)
Carol Kaye .... musician: fender bass (uncredited)
Virginia Majewski .... musician: viola (uncredited)
Leonard Rosenman .... conductor (uncredited)
Urban Thielmann .... orchestra contractor (uncredited)
Raymond Turner .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Other crew
Joan Eremin .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Dominic Santarone .... caterer (uncredited)
Ruth Santarone .... caterer (uncredited)
Bill Venegas .... location manager (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

Also Known As:
95 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Australia:M | Brazil:Livre | Finland:K-16 | Germany:12 (DVD rating) | Iceland:L | Netherlands:14 (1970) | Norway:16 (1970) | Singapore:PG | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) (cut) | UK:15 (tv rating) | UK:15 (video rating) (1987) (2003) | USA:G | West Germany:16

Did You Know?

The second of five Planet of the Apes movies starring Charlton Heston, Maurice Evans, Kim Hunter and Linda Harrison.See more »
Factual errors: When Brent is in the subway station, on the wall it says that its "Queensboro Plaza". Queensboro Plaza is not an underground station. It is an elevated station.See more »
Dr. Zira:Gorillas are cruel because they're stupid! All bone and no brain!See more »
Movie Connections:


Is 'Beneath the Planet of the Apes' based on a book?
How does the movie end?
Who from the first movie is back in this one?
See more »
3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Classic Sci-Fi Adventure with a KILLER Ending, 14 March 2014
Author: Wuchak from Ohio/PA border

Of the five "Planet of the Apes" films only the first one and its sequel "Beneath" are truly great and worthwhile. The three prequels devolve in quality: "Escape from" is decent, "Conquest of" is okay and "Battle for" is poor.

"Beneath" (1970) is the only actual sequel, hence, both the original and "Beneath" should be digested as one long story.

THE PLOT: An astronaut, James Franciscus, lands on the ape planet in search of Taylor and his crew. He makes contact with a primitive babe who knew Taylor (Nova, played by Linda Harrison) and then embarks upon a quest to find him -- leading first to the ape city (where he discovers that apes rule the planet) and then to the "forbidden zone," a holocaust-ruined wasteland where psychic mutants dwell underground.

Growing up I always favored "Beneath" above the original. Why? Possibly because "Beneath" has a lot more action, especially toward the end, and the concept of the underground psychic mutants was both eerie and captivating. As an adult, however, I've come to appreciate the original in increasing measure; it's deeper than "Beneath," more intellectual. I now believe that each film has its strengths and weaknesses and they compliment each other well.

Many criticize James Franciscus as a weak Heston (Taylor) clone. Although this is a valid complaint (Linda Harrison described Franciscus as a smaller version of Charleton Heston) and Heston is indeed inimitable (so don't even try), I never had a problem with Franciscus in this film. He does a fine job in the role of the stranded astronaut on a planet of madness. His character, Brent, isn't disillusioned with humanity like Taylor, so he has less of an 'edge,' but Brent is a fine generic 'everyman' that we can all relate to.

All the great main characters from the first film are present. Aside from Nova and Taylor, the story features Dr. Zaius (Maurice Evans), Zira (Kim Hunter) and Cornelius. Unfortunately Roddy McDowall wasn't available to play Cornelius so they brought in David Watson for the part, which isn't much of a problem because you can't tell beneath all that ape make-up and Watson does a splendid job mimicking McDowall.

A new, equally great character is introduced and that is Ursus, the gorilla general, played by James Gregory (remember him from the original Star Trek episode "Dagger of the Mind" as Dr. Adams?). Who could ever forget Ursus' motivational speech "The only good human is a DEAD human!!" ?

***SPOILER ALERT CONCERNING THE NATURE OF THE MUTANTS*** It is revealed in the story that the psychic mutants are human caricatures who literally worship the "doomsday bomb," a bomb capable of destroying the entire planet. Evidently, human beings need something to worship even in a wholly devolved state -- truly, humankind is incurably religious. This may be a negative reflection on dead religion, which is the human attempt to connect with God ('religion' means "to bind back"), but it certainly isn't a negative reflection on biblical Christianity, which concerns the Almighty connecting with humanity through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and the subsequent life-birthing power of the Holy Spirit. In any event, the perverted religious nature of the psychic mutants is nothing less than fascinating, albeit a bit laughable at times, e.g. "the holy fallout." ***END SPOILER***

There are numerous great scenes and images, for example, the gorillas marching in the forbidden zone and the gigantic appearance of the revered ape Lawgiver with a bleeding face, ultimately collapsing into a desert inferno.

Some criticize that the first half of the story is merely an inferior repeat of the original film (astronaut crashlands, discovers that apes rule the planet and ends up in ape city), but -- you know what? -- it was great the first time around, why not experience it again with some nuances? (Especially since "Beneath" was released 3 YEARS after the original). Hey, I admit that this section of "Beneath" isn't as great as the original, it's even kind of boring (that is, after seeing the first film), but WAIT till Brent and Nova escape ape city and discover the underground lair of the psychic mutants; the film is captivating from then on.

One beef I've always had with "Beneath" is that Leonard Rosenman's blaring score is mediocre compared to Jerry Goldsmith's original. It properly mimics the original but can't cut it. Why didn't they just re-use Goldsmith's score? On a technical level, "Beneath" isn't nearly as good as the original due to obvious budget limitations. The subpar score is one example; another would be the all-too-obvious pull-over ape masks in certain scenes. But these are minor cavils and never prevented me from wholly enjoying the flick. Still, I could see why some would give the film a lower rating.

The climax is KILLER -- and I mean that literally -- as Brent ultimately finds Taylor and the gorillas invade the mutants' underground turf. Some great action entails and then... well, I can't give away the ultra-downer ending, can I? Regardless, I always loved the ending; in its own way it's just as great as the climax of the original.

Needless to say, "Beneath the Planet of the Apes" is mandatory viewing. I wouldn't even take calls from film fans who don't have "Beneath" in their video library and hold it dear.


Was the above review useful to you?
See more (138 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
Dr. Zaius at the end phillipsdan83
Nova is smoke'n hot!! bam2360
how did Taylor knew Brent? remix999-174-388188
Taylor:Brent? Brent:Taylor? Taylor: How do you get here? stalingradsniperz
litter bugs westen6671
'Three niner five five' Jetfire1959
See more »


If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Planet of the Apes Priest Planet of the Apes Terminator Salvation Resident Evil: Afterlife
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Action section IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.