Beneath the Planet of the Apes
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Following the trajectory made by Taylor's spaceship, another astronaut named Brent (James Franciscus) crashlands on the planet of the apes in the year 3955AD and goes in search of Taylor (Charlton Heston), who has gone missing in the Forbidden Zone. While trying to escape from a band of gorilla soldiers led by the war hungry Ursus (James Gregory), Brent and Nova (Linda Harrison) stumble upon a subterranean fortress where a cult of humans are hiding. Meanwhile, the gorilla army has decided to invade the Forbidden Zone and kill all remaining humans, because 'the only good human is a dead human!'

Beneath the Planet of the Apes is a sequel to Planet of the Apes (1968), which was based on the 1963 novel La Plante des Singes by French writer Pierre Boulle. The screenplay for Beneath the Planet of the Apes is credited to Paul Dehn and Mort Abrahams. A novelization of the film by American writer Michael Avallone was released in 1970. Beneath the Planet of the Apes was followed by three more sequels: Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971), Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972), and Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973).

Besides Taylor and Nova, chimpanzees Zira (Kim Hunter) and Cornelius (David Watson) put in an appearance as does orangutan Dr Zaius (Maurice Evans).

The gorilla army discovers the subterranean passage and descends upon the city of mutant humans, clubbing or gunning down everyone who gets in the way. Still confined in their cell, Brent, Taylor, and Nova hear the gunfire and break out. While sneaking down the corridor, they come face-to-face with a gorilla, whom they are able to kill but not before he guns down Nova. Brent and Taylor make their way to the cathedral where Zaius and the gorilla army are confronted by Mendez (Paul Richards), who introduces them to his God...the doomsday bomb. He activates the bomb but is unable to hit the detonator before being gunned down. Ursus orders his gorillas to pull down the bomb with rope, block, and tackle, and the bomb begins to emit steam. Brent detracts Ursus when he goes to hit the detonator in an attempt to stop the steam. Zaius notices Taylor hiding behind a pillar, and Ursus shoots him. Brent then shoots Ursus. Crawling toward the detonator, Taylor asks for Zaius' help, but Zaius refuses. 'Man is evil...capable of nothing but destruction,' he charges. Brent picks up a gun and shoots down a few gorillas but is ultimately shot dead by them. In the final scene, Taylor reaches for the detonator and pushes it. The screen goes white, and a voiceover says: '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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