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Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971)

G | | Action, Sci-Fi | 9 July 1971 (UK)
The world is shocked by the appearance of three 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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$2,500,000 (estimated)

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$12,300,000 (USA)
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With Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970) doing well at the box office, producer Arthur P. Jacobs sent a telegram to writer Paul Dehn which simply said: "Apes exist. Sequel required." See more »

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At the beginning of the film, when the "astronauts" emerge from the capsule in full spacesuits and helmets, they are walking fully erect, unlike the hunched over gait of the apes in previous films. See more »

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Reporter at Hotel: Dr. Cornelius, tell me: ho do you find our women?
Cornelius: Very human.
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one of the best films of the series
24 April 2003 | by See all my reviews

ESCAPE FROM THE PLANET OF THE APES is a tale set in the madness of a paranoid 1970's in which zira and cornelius must fight for their lives and the life of their unborn baby. Using taylors ship zira and cornelius time warp to 1970's earth and are embraced by mankind. They soon become the target of a government think tank who fears their unborn child. In a era that listened to HAL LINDSEY scream the anti christ is coming this film taps into that paranoid vein with the "john birchish" character of Hessline who fears ziras baby. The film deals with the two apes dealing with 20th century earth and attempting to survive the scrutiny of the government. One of the best and most original films in the series the story told in this film makes it stand out. A fine film.


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