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Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971)

 -  Action | Sci-Fi  -  21 May 1971 (USA)
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The world is shocked by the appearance of two talking chimpanzees, who arrived mysteriously in a U.S. spacecraft. They become the toast of society; but one man believes them to be a threat to the human race.

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Following the events in "Beneath the Planet of the Apes", Cornelius and Zira flee back through time to 20th Century Los Angeles, where they face fear and persecution similar to what Taylor and Brent suffered in the future, and discover the origins of the stream of events that will shape their world. Written by Marg Baskin <marg@asd.raytheon.ca>

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ape | fear | future | spaceship | spacecraft | See more »

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A New Generation Of Incredible Apes In The Most Exciting Suspense Film Of Them All See more »

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21 May 1971 (USA)  »

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Secret of the Planet of the Apes  »

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$2,500,000 (estimated)
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Contrary to popular belief, this is the only one of the 5 "Ape" films that was deliberately written open-ended for a sequel. No sequel discussions for Planet of the Apes (1968) began until after the release. Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970) was written to be the final entry. Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972)'s original ending led to man's downfall without mercy. Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973) was as deliberately planned as the last. After "Conquest", producer Arthur Jacobs was already considering the TV series; but "Conquest"'s profits were just good enough to justify another (this time) kid-friendly entry. See more »

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In a close-up during the interrogation scene, Kim Hunter's own mouth and teeth are visible beneath the make-up of Zira's face. See more »

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Dr. Zira: Because I loathe bananas!
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The 20th Century Fox logo does not appear on this film. See more »

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Good sequel with a heart (yet people still don't get it)
5 October 2000 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

MORD39 RATING: *** out of ****

This third APES film ingeniously manages to keep the franchise alive and produces what is arguably the second best film of the five originals.

After the ultimate ending in BENEATH, who could have believed a new story was possible? Here the tables are turned from the original film with a remarkable twist: now three of our chimpanzee characters take off in Charlton Heston's spaceship and wind up going BACK in time, to "present Day" Earth (1973 A.D.) Once it is learned that Zira (Kim Hunter in her best performance in the series) is pregnant with the child that could possibly turn our future into the PLANET OF THE APES, she and her husband Cornelius (Roddy McDowall) go from becoming honored celebrities to dangerous threats to humanity!

It's a brilliant idea, and now it is possible to start the series anew (chronologically, this movie comes first) and see whether or not Taylor's nightmare from the first film can be prevented or will rear its ugly head for mankind.

A little defending is in order here. Many people get hung up on the story's notion that the chimpanzees can actually manage to fix Taylor's ship from the first film and actually launch it. Well, I say that if you can suspend disbelief long enough to accept the idea of a society of talking apes, why can't you accept that one of them (Dr. Milo) is a super-intelligent ape, sort of the "Albert Einstein" or "Thomas Edison" of his time? Besides, when folks get stuck on a point like that it becomes impossible for them to have a good time with a film. As Cornelius said in the movie: "Dr. Milo was a genius well in advance of his time." He was able to fly the ship. Case Closed.

Next case: the "TV Movie" look of the film. SO WHAT? People have become so accustomed to garbage like 1999's THE MUMMY that unless all films are over-swamped with spectacular sets and numbing effects, they can't enjoy them. Well, ESCAPE needs none of these to tell its simple story. It's got something that sci-fi stories today have lost..."heart".


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Hate the retcon of the backstory keithbalbi
Dr. Zira is pregnant and they give her Alcohol (Grape Juice Plus)! ChristopherDrews
How the heck did he draw that conclusion? TheTitan101
Isn't it obvious that Zira switched the baby?? Valentino55
Makes no sense? Shaunster88
Just How did they Find TAYLOR's spaceship .... re_zuleta

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