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Escape from the Planet of the Apes -- A trio of intelligent and cultured apes from the future create paranoia amongst 20th century humans, who fear a plot to overthrow mankind. The film is the third in the Planet of the Apes series.
Escape from the Planet of the Apes -- Open-ended Trailer from 20th Century Fox


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Paul Dehn (written by)
Pierre Boulle (based upon characters created by)
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Release Date:
21 May 1971 (USA) See more »
Tagline: a democracy we do not shoot unarmed suspects on sight for a murder in which their participation is still legally unproven See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Roddy McDowall ... Cornelius

Kim Hunter ... Zira

Bradford Dillman ... Dr. Lewis Dixon

Natalie Trundy ... Dr. Stephanie Branton

Eric Braeden ... Dr. Otto Hasslein

William Windom ... The President

Sal Mineo ... Milo

Albert Salmi ... E-1
Jason Evers ... E-2

John Randolph ... Chairman
Harry Lauter ... General Winthrop

M. Emmet Walsh ... Aide
Roy Glenn ... Lawyer (as Roy E. Glenn Sr.)
Peter Forster ... Cardinal

Norman Burton ... Army Officer
William Woodson ... Naval Officer
Tom Lowell ... Orderly
Gene Whittington ... Marine Captain

Donald Elson ... Curator
Bill Bonds ... TV Newscaster

Army Archerd ... Referee
James Bacon ... General Faulkner

Ricardo Montalban ... Armando
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Alderman ... Marine Corporal (uncredited)
Paul Bradley ... Official at Briefing (uncredited)
Karl Bruck ... German Newscaster (uncredited)
Sam Chew Jr. ... Undetermined (uncredited)
Walker Edmiston ... Talking Baby Chimp (voice) (uncredited)
James W. Gavin ... Helicopter Pilot (uncredited)
George Golden ... Official at Briefing (uncredited)
James Gonzalez ... Official at Briefing (uncredited)

Joe Gray ... Bodyguard (uncredited)
Robert Gunner ... Landon (archive footage) (uncredited)
Elizabeth Harrower ... Reporter at Hotel (uncredited)
Shep Houghton ... Bystander (uncredited)
Joseph La Cava ... Waiter (uncredited)
Robert Nichols ... Reporter (uncredited)
Ron Pinkard ... Undetermined (uncredited)
Janos Prohaska ... Heloise (uncredited)
Tony Regan ... Reporter at Hotel (uncredited)
Stephen Roberts ... Gen. Brody (uncredited)
Hank Robinson ... Reporter (uncredited)

James Sikking ... Control Room Officer (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ... Official at Briefing (uncredited)

Directed by
Don Taylor 
Writing credits
Paul Dehn (written by)

Pierre Boulle (based upon characters created by)

Produced by
Frank Capra Jr. .... associate producer
Arthur P. Jacobs .... producer
Original Music by
Jerry Goldsmith 
Cinematography by
Joseph F. Biroc (director of photography) (as Joseph Biroc)
Film Editing by
Marion Rothman 
Art Direction by
William J. Creber  (as William Creber)
Jack Martin Smith 
Set Decoration by
Stuart A. Reiss 
Walter M. Scott 
Makeup Department
Mary Babcock .... hair stylist
Jack Barron .... makeup artist
John Chambers .... creative makeup design
Daniel C. Striepeke .... makeup supervisor (as Dan Striepeke)
Verne Langdon .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Jan Van Uchelen .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
Francisco Day .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joseph Lenzi .... assistant director (as Pepi Lenzi)
Joseph E. Rickards .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Bill Sully .... art illustrator
Sound Department
Theodore Soderberg .... sound
Dean Vernon .... sound
Raul A. Bruce .... boom operator (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Johnny Borgese .... special effects (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
L.B. Abbott .... special photographic effects (uncredited)
Jerry Brutsche .... stunt performer (uncredited)
James W. Gavin .... aerial stunts (uncredited)
Larry Holt .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Orville Hallberg .... camera operator (uncredited)
Kenneth Peach Jr. .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Music Department
Arthur Morton .... orchestrator
Robert Bain .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Chris Haynes .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Jack Hirshberg .... unit publicist
Roy Kabat .... animals furnished by
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Back from the Planet of the Apes" - Ireland (English title) (review title)
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98 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Australia:M | Australia:PG (TV rating) | Brazil:Livre | Finland:K-12 | Germany:12 | Norway:12 (1972) | Singapore:PG | Spain:13 | Sweden:11 | UK:U (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1987) (2003) | USA:G (MPAA rating: certificate #22845)

Did You Know?

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 »
Revealing mistakes: (at around 5 mins) During the opening titles of the movie, when the helicopter is "lifting off" from the beach, it is the same footage of the landing, played backwards.See more »
Armando:You're asking me to risk imprisonment for the sake of two fugitive apes? The answer is: a thousand times, yes.See more »
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18 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
A new tone for the series, 24 June 2003
Author: perfectbond

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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A practical issue-how did they launch the recovered spaceship? bgrubb
In story date order, this is the original origin story waynehfitzgerald
Why did she throw the baby in the water? dollvalley
Isn't it obvious that Zira switched the baby?? Valentino55
Natalie Trundy dollvalley
A solid film! *Spoilers* BrickNash
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