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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 »
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Tagline:
Now civilization's final battle between man and ape is about to begin. 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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Doomsday movie with old world technology but high-end impact! See more (150 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 stylist
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
Bill Anderson .... scenic artist (uncredited)
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)
 
Location Management
Bill Venegas .... location manager (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)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
95 min
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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 (DVD/Blu-Ray Rating) | USA:G (Digital Streaming) | USA:G (certificate #22273) | West Germany:16

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Several sources (including the official novelization, comic adaptation, and music CD soundtrack), reveal Brent's first name as 'John'. His dying fellow astronaut, called only Skipper, wears a nametag which, when magnified in freeze frame, appears to be Maddon or Maddox. Don Pedro Colley's character is named "Ono Goro" in the script--Colley was bemused to discover that he was credited as "Negro" in the end titles.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: During the prison-cell fight between Taylor & Brent, you can clearly see during certain shots that Brent's double does not have a beard. It then cuts to Brent (James Franciscus) who most definitely does have a beard, as evidenced through the entire movie.See more »
Quotes:
Dr. Zira:Gorillas are cruel because they're stupid! All bone and no brain!See more »
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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Doomsday movie with old world technology but high-end impact!, 15 January 2011
Author: manjodude

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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