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Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971) Poster

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Filmed November 30, 1970-January 20, 1971; all of the sequels were shot during the winter.
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The film's villain, Dr. Hasslein, had been briefly mentioned at the beginnings of Planet of the Apes (1968) and Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970).
One of the earlier scripts has the three ape-o-nauts viewing the dying Earth from their space capsule before going back in time.
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.
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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.
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Zira's first line in the presence of humans, "Because I loathe bananas!", is a reference to Kim Hunter's real distaste for this fruit, which originated during the filming of the first Planet of the Apes (1968). The actors portraying apes were required to keep their makeup on during breaks in order to save time, so the rest of the crew often called them monkeys and offered bananas to mock them.
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Sal Mineo agreed to appear in the film because he hoped it would restart his career, much as the first "Apes" film had done for Roddy McDowall.
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With Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970) doing well at the box office, producer Arthur P. Jacobs sent a telegram to writer Paul Dehn which simply said: "Apes exist. Sequel required."
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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.
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Don Taylor would later direct The Final Countdown (1980), another science fiction film involving time travel.
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This is the only film in the original franchise in which Natalie Trundy appears as a human.
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The film takes place in 1973.
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According to actress Kim Hunter, makeup on the original Planet of the Apes (1968) took 4 1/2 hours to apply. By the time the third film was done, the makeup department was able to do an hour quicker.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Sal Mineo found the make-up uncomfortable, so the script was re-written to kill his character off earlier than planned. This was Mineo's final theatrical film before he was murdered on February 12, 1976 at the age of 37.
For the death scene, Cornelius and Zira were originally going to be ripped apart by a pack of Doberman Pinchers (the feared dog from that decade) by Doctor Hasslein. But producers thought the scene would be far too gruesome so they were killed by gunshots instead.
Kim Hunter's third and final appearance as Zira.
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Armando (Ricardo Montalban) gives a Francis of Assisi medal to Zira's newborn baby. Bradford Dillman (Dr. Lewis Dixon) played the saint in Francis of Assisi (1961).
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