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Director:
Writers:
Paul Dehn (written by)
Pierre Boulle (based upon characters created by)
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Release Date:
21 May 1971 (USA) See more »
Genre:
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 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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Escape From the Planet of the Apes (1971) ***1/2 See more (88 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

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 ... 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)
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 ... White Haired Reporter (uncredited)

James Sikking ... Control Room Officer (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ... White-Haired Man at President's 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)
 
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) (2003) | USA:G

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Trivia:
Scenes of Zira mistaking a toothbrush for a hairbrush, and of Cornelius and Lewis playing golf were in an early version of the script, but were not used in the actual movie.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Cornelius, Zira and Milo are first taken to the zoo, Roddy McDowall's neck is visible underneath his makeup.See more »
Quotes:
Chairman of the President's Committee of Inquiry:[referring to Cornelius] Does the other one talk?
Cornelius:[indicating Zira] Only when she lets me.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Dilbert: Testing (#1.5)" (1999)See more »

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26 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
Escape From the Planet of the Apes (1971) ***1/2, 16 February 2005
Author: JoeKarlosi from U.S.A.

In a brilliant solution for continuing the storyline after the ending of BENEATH THE PLANET OF THE APES, three intelligent chimpanzees from Earth's future take off in Charlton Heston's salvaged spacecraft just prior to Earth's destruction; they wind up hurled backward in time to 1973 California and - in an interesting twist on the original theme - now find themselves the strange visitors in a strange world ruled by bombastic human beings.

Lovable simians Zira and Cornelius (expertly played by Kim Hunter and Roddy McDowall) lose their friend Dr. Milo (Sal Mineo!) early on in a tragic accident, and find themselves in a strange situation when mankind first welcomes them as celebrities and garnishes them with gifts, but ultimately begins to fear when it is learned that Zira is pregnant with an ape offspring that could grow to overtake humanity.

We really grow to sympathize with the plight of the chimpanzee couple, and we fear along with them and the safety of their child when they become hunted fugitives later in the story. Eric Braeden is very good as the quintessential villain out to kill the ape family at any cost.

Some people enjoy picking on the APES sequels as they continued, but I've always felt this series consistently remained very intelligent and had something powerful to say about race relations and prejudice. People want to know how apes could ever manage to send Taylor's ship into orbit; I say that if you can suspend disbelief long enough to accept the notion of intelligent apes, then it shouldn't be that far a reach to accept that Dr. Milo was the genius of his time who just could pull it off; the Thomas Edision of his type, if you will.

The timeline in the five apes films is often admittedly contradictory, but there are ways that fans of the Apes movies have been able to make them work. For example, in this film Cornelius seems to talk about Ape History and Evolution in a way that actually doesn't follow suit during the next two installments. That's because the very arrival of Zira and Cornelius onto present-day Earth of 1973, and the subsequent birth of their baby, will accelerate the procedure from how Cornelius remembered it, as we'll see in the next two chapters. The circumstances for the future will be sped up and changed, and the apes will evolve at a much quicker rate.

Some of the other dubious complaints are aimed at the "lesser budgets," or supposed "TV Movie Look" of the sequels from this point on -- but this story in ESCAPE does not require mind-numbing special effects or hordes of CGI-rendered ape figures swarming Los Angeles to make it effective. It's got a lot of heart and good writing with characters we care about, and that's all it needs.

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