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Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970) Poster

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Crew or equipment visible 

(at around 38 mins) When Brent tries to get the reins from the runaway horses you can see an extra set of reins going into the paddy wagon through the holes in the wall, to a hidden driver. After Brent stops and dismounts, the reins disappear.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Taylor, Brent and Nova are attempting to escape after they kill the Negro Mutant, they battle a Gorilla. He is carrying a rifle, but when he fires it, the sound effect is that of a machine gun.
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Character error 

When Dr. Zaius is visiting Cornelius and Zira, he refers to them as "You two psychologists". Cornelius is an archaeologist, not a psychologist.
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Continuity 

When Taylor looks back at the ship's clock for Earth in Planet of the Apes, it reads November 25, 3978. However, Brent tells his dying commander that the year is 3955. This is repeated in Escape from the Planet of the Apes.
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(at around 57 mins) When Brent first encounters a mutant, Verger, he can see the "alpha omega fins" of the doomsday bomb. He turns and runs back to the double doors (2 seconds), turns around to respond to Verger's "beeps", and in this impossibly short time the bomb has already been lowered into the silo, so only the top is visible.
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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.
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When Brent changes clothes behind the bush, he is wearing boxers. After the horse is shot and he falls along the hillside,he is obviously wearing "tighty whiteys"
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Also,when Brent and Nova are running along the hillside after the horse is shot,his arm bandage clearly falls off,but in the next shot which is closer,it's back on again.
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The ladder in the subway station begins a few feet above the floor. When Brent beckons Nova to follow him up, the side shot of her shows how she would have to step/grab very high up to reach the bottom rung. However, the overhead shot of her shows her stepping on the first rung as if it was a few inches off the floor.
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Crew or equipment visible 

(at around 16 mins) As Brent and Nova start to ride away from the wrecked spaceship, a white paper cup blows from the camera position. It blows along the ground into the center of the frame and then around behind the horse.
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(at around 11 mins) At the beginning of the film, where Brent meets Nova for the first time, 2 taped position markings (bright white letter T's) can clearly be seen on the ground behind Brent. These markers appear and disappear between shots.
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Factual errors 

(at around 42 mins) When Brent is in the subway station, on the wall it says that it's "Queensboro Plaza". Queensboro Plaza is not an underground station. It is an elevated station.
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Miscellaneous 

(at around 22 mins) When Brent is shot in the arm by a gorilla patrolman, a bird is seen flying away. Yet in the first Planet of the Apes movie, Cornelius and Zira argue with Taylor that flight is a scientific impossibility and Taylor makes a paper airplane to prove his point.
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In the beginning of the movie, a fellow astronaut was buried. Yet there was no dirt/sand nearby that was dug up to fill the area of the buried person buried mostly above ground. Even if his body would have taken up that much dirt/sand there would be marks nearby that sand was unearthed.
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Plot holes 

Brent discovers Taylor's connection to Nova by her having his dog tags. In Planet of the Apes, he does not have dog tags when he is captured by the apes, or when he rides off at the end of the film. There is nowhere he would have gotten them since his ship sank and his supplies and clothes were destroyed by the indigenous humans.
In Planet of the Apes, Zira and Cornelius stated they were planning to be married, but in this film they are already married. This film begins right shortly after the first film ended, so there wasn't time in between movies for them to have been married.
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Besides shock value and a twist, there's no logic as to why the mutant humans would wear "normal" human masks. They have looked like this for hundreds/thousands of years. There's no one they need to fool. Since it is just the apes, themselves, and primitive humans.
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Taylor and Nova would have heard (and possibly seen) Brent's crash.
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Although Cornelius and Zira were indicted for heresy in Planet of the Apes, there is no mention of this fact in the film. Since the events of the first film, they have gone from being enemies of Dr. Zaius to trusted colleagues without explanation.
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Revealing mistakes 

(at around 20 mins) During Ursus' speech to the Ape Council, James Gregory is very animated. He is so animated, in fact, that near the end of the speech he turns and lifts his head, revealing his throat and Adam's apple.
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Obvious pull-over ape masks (e.g. empty eye sockets) on the apes during Ursus' speech to The Ape Council.
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(at around 42 mins) When Brent finds the pay telephone in the subway he hits the stone wall and it gives, revealing it is only foam.
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(at around 22 mins) In the "steam room" scene, Zaius and Ursus are wearing only towels, yet they seem to have twice as much body mass naked than when they are wearing their costumes.
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(at around 33 mins) When Brent and Nova are caught in a net by apes, they are clearly seen wearing body-colored loafers on their feet.
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(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.
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(at about 34:40) When Brent and Nova are being transported in the cart and Nova has her hands thru the side of the cage, you can see that she has a set of finely manicured nails for such a primitive woman.
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Spoilers

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Plot holes 

Brent (James Franciscus) was sent on a rescue mission to look for Taylor (Charlton Heston) and his crew. This makes absolutely no sense for myriad reasons ,including: 1) The first Planet of the Apes film specifically states that the crew was traveling near the speed of light. As such, decades or even centuries must have passed on Earth. Since the scientists who sent them on the mission would know, why would they send a rescue for a someone who they would never live long to "miss?" 2) Where would they have "looked" for Taylor's mission? Space is a vast place and even sending a ship along the same route as Taylor would be no guarantee that they would ever find his vessel. 3) Even if Brent left the day after Taylor did, it would likely be decades or centuries before he caught up to Taylor, in which case the people who sent them both would be long dead before they knew if either mission was successful.

There was no need to sent Brent on a "rescue" or recovery mission as it would have taken place decades or centuries later than it would possible or necessary.
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Revealing mistakes 

(at around 1h 22 mins) When Ongaro is crushed to death against the bars of the cell, one of the spikes wiggles when he touches it, revealing it is made of rubber.
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(at around 1h 30 mins) When Brent is shot in the chest during the final scene, the squib that is placed underneath the cloth wrapped around him becomes visible once the squib is detonated.
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