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Director:
Writers:
Paul Dehn (written by)
Pierre Boulle (characters creator)
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Release Date:
21 May 1971 (USA) See more »
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Meet baby Milo who has Washington terrified. See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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(37 articles)
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Good sequel with a heart (yet people still don't get it) See more (79 total) »

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

Ricardo Montalban ... Armando

William Windom ... The President

Sal Mineo ... Milo

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

John Randolph ... Commission Chairman
Harry Lauter ... Gen. 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 ... Gen. Faulkner
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Alderman ... Marine Corporal (uncredited)
Paul Bradley ... Man at President's 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 ... Man at President's Briefing (uncredited)

Joe Gray ... Bodyguard (uncredited)
Robert Gunner ... Landon (archive footage) (uncredited)
Elizabeth Harrower ... Reporter at Hotel (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 ... White Haired Reporter (uncredited)

James Sikking ... Control Room Officer (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ... White-Haired Man at President's Briefing (uncredited)
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Directed by
Don Taylor 
 
Writing credits
Paul Dehn (written by)

Pierre Boulle (characters creator)

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)
 
Stunts
Jerry Brutsche .... stunt performer (uncredited)
James W. Gavin .... aerial stunts (uncredited)
Larry Holt .... stunts (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 .... animal furnisher
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
98 min
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2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Australia:M | Australia:PG (TV rating) | Brazil:Livre | Finland:K-12 | Germany:12 | Norway:12 (1972) | Singapore:PG | Sweden:11 | UK:U (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating: 1987) | USA:G

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Trivia:
Roddy McDowall and Natalie Trundy are the only cast members to appear in 4 of the 5 original "Planet of the Apes" movies. Roddy McDowall appeared all except the first sequel, Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970). Natalie Trundy did not appear in the original Planet of the Apes (1968) movie, but appeared in all 4 sequels.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: During the "multiphasic" test, the position on the blocks shift between shots even when the vet isn't jumbling them.See more »
Quotes:
Reporter at Hotel:Dr. Cornelius, tell me: ho do you find our women?
Cornelius:Very human.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Great New Wonderful (2005)See more »

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27 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
Good sequel with a heart (yet people still don't get it), 5 October 2000
Author: mord39 from New York

MORD39 RATING: *** out of ****

This third APES film ingeniously manages to keep the franchise alive and produces what is arguably the second best film of the five originals.

After the ultimate ending in BENEATH, who could have believed a new story was possible? Here the tables are turned from the original film with a remarkable twist: now three of our chimpanzee characters take off in Charlton Heston's spaceship and wind up going BACK in time, to "present Day" Earth (1973 A.D.) Once it is learned that Zira (Kim Hunter in her best performance in the series) is pregnant with the child that could possibly turn our future into the PLANET OF THE APES, she and her husband Cornelius (Roddy McDowall) go from becoming honored celebrities to dangerous threats to humanity!

It's a brilliant idea, and now it is possible to start the series anew (chronologically, this movie comes first) and see whether or not Taylor's nightmare from the first film can be prevented or will rear its ugly head for mankind.

A little defending is in order here. Many people get hung up on the story's notion that the chimpanzees can actually manage to fix Taylor's ship from the first film and actually launch it. Well, I say that if you can suspend disbelief long enough to accept the idea of a society of talking apes, why can't you accept that one of them (Dr. Milo) is a super-intelligent ape, sort of the "Albert Einstein" or "Thomas Edison" of his time? Besides, when folks get stuck on a point like that it becomes impossible for them to have a good time with a film. As Cornelius said in the movie: "Dr. Milo was a genius well in advance of his time." He was able to fly the ship. Case Closed.

Next case: the "TV Movie" look of the film. SO WHAT? People have become so accustomed to garbage like 1999's THE MUMMY that unless all films are over-swamped with spectacular sets and numbing effects, they can't enjoy them. Well, ESCAPE needs none of these to tell its simple story. It's got something that sci-fi stories today have lost..."heart".

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