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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 | future | fear | 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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Action | Sci-Fi

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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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One of the earlier scripts has the three ape-o-nauts viewing the dying Earth from their space capsule before going back in time. See more »

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When Cornelius, Zira and Milo are first taken to the zoo, Roddy McDowall's neck is visible underneath his makeup. See more »

Quotes

Chairman of the President's Committee of Inquiry: [testing Lewis's assertion that the apes can speak] What is your name?
Dr. Zira: Zira.
Chairman of the President's Committee of Inquiry: One might as well be talking to a parrot.
Dr. Zira: A parrot?
Chairman of the President's Committee of Inquiry: What did I tell you? Mechanical mimicry. Unique in an ape, vocally, without a doubt, but... does the other one talk?
Cornelius: Only when she lets me.
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The 20th Century Fox logo does not appear on this film. See more »

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Referenced in Mike & Molly: Cigar Talk (2011) See more »

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A new tone for the series
24 June 2003 | by See all my reviews

No, this film is not as awe-inspiring as the original but it still maintains the viewer's interest despite the scaled down approach which was due to budget constraints. For much of the film the there is a humorous tone. Good performances were turned in by familiar faces (Braeden, Montalban, Mineo). The story, despite some holes, was quite riveting. I'm looking forward to the fourth installment. The sense of adventure and exploration (this time by the apes) and the continued presentation of parallels between this fictional world and our world still make for worthwhile viewing. 7/10.


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