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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.
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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)

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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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 51 mins) In a close-up during the interrogation scene, Kim Hunter's own mouth and teeth are visible beneath the make-up of Zira's face.See more »
[last lines]
Armando:[to baby Milo] Intelligent creature... but then, so was your mother.
[Armando steps away as baby Milo begins to plaintively repeat, 'Mama? Mama? Mama?']
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18 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Paradox of the Apes, 21 May 2006
Author: incognitoami from United States

Following the cataclysmic finale of Beneath the Planet of the Apes, there was only one logical direction for the series to go---> back to the future. The result is an illogically conceived and satirical prequel that will amuse and delight and ultimately devastate with its bleak Shakesperean tragedy.

When Taylor's spacecraft unexpectedly splashes down in 1973 and is retrieved by a military envoy, the three astronauts that emerge from the capsule are not revealed to be Taylor, Landon and Dodge, but rather the astonishing simian ape-chimps Cornelius, Zira and Milo... the third of which is a completely disposable character who is appropriately killed off very early by a caged zoo gorilla who was probably jealous that the talking simian chimpanzees were getting all of the attention. With Milo out of the picture, the story focuses on the relationship between Cornelius and Zira in ways that were not afforded the opportunity in the two previous films and is filled with tongue-in-cheek episodes inspired by Pierre Boulle's original novel as Cornelius and Zira go around "aping" 20th century human culture (a subtle and clever mockery of our own) in an attempt to make themselves fit in to our society.

While Cornelius and Zira make themselves at home as cultural "celebrities" they are being carefully monitored under the watchful auspices of the nefarious Dr. Otto Hasslein played by recognizable character actor Eric Braeden (of Young and the Restless fame) who listens with great interest to what the talking chimps have to say about where they came from during a Presidential Inquiry and how they managed to arrive in Taylor's spacecraft as Cornelius explains that the capsule was found when it washed ashore and was repaired by Milo -- an implausibility which is the film's glaring continuity error since Taylor's spacecraft sunk into the depths of the Forbidden Zone it is a far fetched conclusion that they somehow managed to not only find, retrieve and repair it (even if they had repaired Astronaut Brent's crashed spacecraft from Beneath which was overlooked as well) with engineering far in advance of their own intellectual ape intelligence (which Milo only "half-understood" as Cornelius describes it) but managed to do so and escape within a very small window of time before the planet was obliterated by the shock-wave of destruction catapulting them backwards in time and arriving at roughly the same destination and era as Taylor's original point of departure (it could be argued that these narrative inconsistencies support evidence of "Hasslein's Observed Time Curve" which suggest that a predestination paradox created alternate intersecting timelines as illustrated by the incongruent timeline of events between Conquest and Battle). Nevertheless, once you get past the major plot hole and just go with it, Escape is a fun and dramatically intense film but is my least favorite second only to the weakest link in the evolutionary Apes chain; Battle For The Planet of the Apes.

When Zira announces that she is pregnant, the film takes a dark and conspiratorial turn when the government realizes the consequence a race of intelligent talking apes will have on the future of our human society. In an effort to protect their newborn, Cornelius and Zira find refuge with Armando, a sideshow circus entertainer played by the extravagant Ricardo Montalban who gladly welcomes the simian family with open arms, but it isn't long before Dr. Otto Hasslein picks up the fugitives' trail and hunts them down in a tragic and inevitable climax that sets up the paradox of the entire Planet of the Apes chronology.

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