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Beneath the Planet of the Apes -- Fleeing from the ape military and searching for clues to the disappearance of Taylor in the "Forbidden Zone" leads Nova and John Brent to the shocking discovery of man's ultimate folly beneath the Ape planet.
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Director:
Writers:
Paul Dehn (story) and
Mort Abrahams (story) ...
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Release Date:
26 May 1970 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The bizarre world you met in 'Planet of the Apes' was only the beginning... What lies beneath may be the end! See more »
Plot:
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 »
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"What the hell would I have to say to a gorilla?" See more (143 total) »

Cast

  (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 (archive footage)

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
 
Stunts
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)
Alfred Lebovitz .... camera operator (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)
Michael J. McDonald .... score remixer (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


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Runtime:
95 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Australia:M | Brazil:Livre | Finland:K-16 | Germany:12 (DVD rating) | Iceland:L | Netherlands:14 (1970) | Norway:16 (1970) | Singapore:PG | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) (cut) | UK:15 (tv rating) | UK:15 (video rating) (1987) (2003) | USA:G (certificate #22273) | West Germany:16

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Trivia:
James Franciscus had largely spent most of his career playing doctors and lawyers so welcomed the opportunity to wear a costume that could best be described as minimal. Franciscus was a natural athlete and keen tennis player in real life so was in great shape for the shoot.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: (at around 1h 30 mins) When the soldiers bring down the A-Bomb, they throw ropes over and behind the casing. They then pull it down. The bomb is eased down gently, yet the fact that the rope wasn't looped around, and it was not slowed down by gorillas lowering it from behind would have led the bomb to just topple to the ground, revealing that it was either filmed as it was lowered down by hidden wires, or it was on a tilting rig that was fastened to the ground.See more »
Quotes:
[last lines]
Ending Voiceover:In one of the countless billions of galaxies in the universe, lies a medium-sized star, and one of its satellites, a green and insignificant planet, is now dead.
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
"What the hell would I have to say to a gorilla?", 16 July 2014
Author: utgard14 from USA

A second spaceship crashes on the planet of the apes, attempting to locate the previous ship's crew. Only one astronaut, Brent (James Franciscus), survives the crash. Brent quickly finds himself captured by the apes but is helped to escape by Cornelius and Zira (Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter). Now he must venture into the Forbidden Zone to try and find Taylor (Charlton Heston), the survivor from the first film.

The movie starts off like many sequels with a sense that it's simply going to mimic the first movie. However, once things move into the Forbidden Zone with the mutants, the movie finds its own identity. It's actually quite good for a sequel to a classic film. It's not on or near the level of the first movie, of course, but it's entertaining. The returning apes from the first film (Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, Maurice Evans) could have been used to better effect. James Gregory's gorilla general is the film's antagonist, with Dr. Zaius more reasonable than before. The mutant stuff is actually pretty interesting. This is the second best of the Apes sequels.

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