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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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Storyline

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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Secret of the Planet of the Apes  »

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$2,500,000 (estimated)
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Zira's first line in the presence of humans, "Because I loathe bananas!", is a reference to Kim Hunter's real distaste for this fruit, which originated during the filming of the first Planet of the Apes (1968). The actors portraying apes were required to keep their makeup on during breaks in order to save time, so the rest of the crew often called them monkeys and offered bananas to mock them. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Dr. Lewis Dixon: Can you read a map?
Cornelius: I'm an archaeologist. I can even draw one!
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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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