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Director:
Writers:
Paul Dehn (written by)
Pierre Boulle (based upon characters created by)
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Release Date:
9 July 1971 (UK) See more »
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Tagline:
...in a democracy we do not shoot unarmed suspects on sight for a murder in which their participation is still legally unproven See more »
Plot:
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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Cast

  (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)
Jack Berle ... Secretary of State (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)
Robert Hitchcock ... Reporter (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 designer
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)
 
Stunts
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)
Alexander Courage .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Alexander Courage .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Sandy DeCrescent .... orchestra contractor (uncredited)
Leonard A. Engel .... supervising music editor (uncredited)
Jerry Goldsmith .... conductor (uncredited)
Jerry Goldsmith .... score producer (uncredited)
Kenneth Hall .... music editor (uncredited)
John R. Harris .... music editor (uncredited)
Lionel Newman .... music supervisor (uncredited)
Jeff Porcaro .... musician: percussion (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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Runtime:
98 min
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Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Australia:NRC | Australia:PG | Australia:PG (TV rating) | Australia:A (original rating) | Brazil:Livre | Finland:K-12 | Netherlands:6 (original rating) | 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) | West Germany:12 (f)

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Trivia:
Don Taylor would later direct The Final Countdown (1980), another science fiction film involving time travel.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: (at around 14 mins) During the intelligence test that Lewis conducts on Zira with the blocks, the position on the blocks shifts between shots, even when Lewis isn't jumbling them.See more »
Quotes:
Dr. Lewis Dixon:In a democracy, we do not shoot unarmed suspects on sight for a murder in which their participation is still unproven.See more »
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11 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
You Hear the one about the Chimps as Astronauts?, 3 June 2006
Author: Bogmeister from United States

The 3rd film in the Apes series (after "Beneath..."), this one is easily the most whimsical, at least in the first half. The writers had to stretch believability in getting the two primary apes of the 1st 2 films into our present times from the future, when Earth is destroyed by a doomsday bomb, but the first few scenes are almost classic farce disguised as science fiction storytelling. We view our central characters first as 'ape-onauts' and then stuck in a zoo, followed by a brief turn at celebrity when our populace becomes enamored of the two as the latest fad. The best and most clever thing about this sequel is that it utilizes the already well-known captivating characteristics of the chimps, delightfully performed again by McDowall and Hunter. They're kind of like old friends by this time and seeing them get acquainted with our modern-day culture is just good times. It's also a neat reversal on the ape society of the first two films, which was visited by aberrant intelligent humans.

Things turn grim in the 2nd half, as the fad wears off and our leadership begins to take the threat of possible future ape domination rather seriously. The most interesting character becomes the chief human scientist, played by Braeden, who starts out typically dispassionate but soon reveals an intense personal desire to preserve the human race and society, to the point of fanaticism. In his coldly intelligent eyes, only he sees the truly apocalyptic threat presented by the chimps' pregnancy. He's the nominal villain, but he sees himself as the only one who gives a damn. Some of the sf plot lines regarding time travel are very clever, while others are a bit clumsy. It's clever that the two evolved time-traveling chimps may now be the cause of the future time-line ruled by an ape society. But they reveal to have a knowledge of their history that did not exist in the previous two films. Also, rather than letting events evolve over a century or more following what happens here, the next film accelerates everything to change the world in the next 20 years - see "Conquest of the Planet of the Apes."

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