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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 »
User Reviews:
"We were following Taylor's trajectory, so whatever happened to us must have happened to him." 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)
 
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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Color:
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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 | 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?

Trivia:
According to writer Paul Dehn, the idea for the film came about because of the iconic imagery of the first film's climax.See more »
Goofs:
Incorrectly regarded as goofs: Inconsistencies between different "Apes" movies are not being listed. Time travel within the series has altered history and created infinite parallel universes. Each movie functions separately.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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Tex Murphy: Overseer (1998) (VG)See more »

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69 out of 85 people found the following review useful.
"We were following Taylor's trajectory, so whatever happened to us must have happened to him.", 21 April 2001
Author: The_Movie_Cat from England

Beneath was the best Planet of the Apes film bar none. Everything was bigger and better this time around: bigger sets, more gorillas, the whole of New York instead of a mere Statue of Liberty, and, best of all, faceless, telepathic mutants than can kill with the mind. Yes, I was once ten years old.

Watched again with many years of hindsight, it's clear that, while entertaining, Beneath was produced without anything approaching artistry. The ultimate in sequels, it tries to tell the same story twice as big, but with only half the success. Until Battle came along and picked the flesh off Apes' rotting carcass this was the worst sequel because it did nothing new with the format. Even the working title - Planet of the Apes Revisited - betrays the lack of thought and the desire for finance that went into this one.

A virtually identical plotline rattles along at a fair pace, meaning all subtlety is jettisoned. The allegories are also confused by not really being allegories at all. Look at the metaphor for anti-war protestors by casting chimps as ... er, anti-war protestors. A look at how man often judges another man on the colour of his skin is alluded to ... er, by having an ape judging a man on the colour of his skin. (On this note, perversely for a film that purports liberal satire, the only one of the mutants to demonstrate real cruelty was Don Pedro Colley, the sole black character in the film. And despite its worthiness, I don't think I've ever seen another film where a man's credit is given as "Negro"). However, I did have to smile at the chimp that punningly complains about "gorilla brutality".

The decreased budget (a sensible studio idea to cut the finance of the sequels to a hit movie) shows with some of the ape extras having decidedly ropy masks in the crowd scenes. The opening of the picture also recaps the first, cannily highlighting the glaring difference between Roddy McDowall's and David Watson's performances as Cornelius. Watson, standing in for an absent McDowall, does reasonably well but really doesn't look anything like him, even under latex. Note too how all the ape masks give the actors lisps, something I never noticed before. Never mind apes, anyone would think James Franciscus had landed on the planet of the Pertwees. There's also some abysmal back projection work when Franciscus is wrestling on top of the horsedrawn carriage. The mutants are pretty good, though their prayers to "The Holy Fallout" are a little silly. Why do they wear human masks anyway? Where do they make them? I dunno, I don't make the rules up, do I?

Of course, the main problem is the pointless game of one-upmanship it plays with its source. There's no longer any element of surprise that this is Earth, so the ruined monuments, nice as they are, no longer have any great effect. It misses the point, also: the Statue of Liberty is not just a relic, but a symbol. New York Subway is just where people caught trains. And as impressive as the effects are, if not directed well – which they aren't, particularly – then it becomes fatuous.

It's weird how all four sequels were made within a year of each other, yet at least two of them tried something new. Beneath came two years after the original yet has a rehashed "in it for the money" feel all the way through, right down to its abrupt, slightly unsatisfactory climax. Yet despite the many, many faults I've levelled at it, Beneath the Planet of the Apes is still a very enjoyable film. Not in the sense of the first, which genuinely had something to say, but in the guise of pulp SF then this sequel is well worth seeing. In fact, despite the slating I've given it, I still awarded it 6/10.

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