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Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972)

PG | | Action, Sci-Fi | 30 June 1972 (USA)
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In a futuristic world that has embraced ape slavery, Caesar, the son of the late simians Cornelius and Zira, surfaces after almost twenty years of hiding out from the authorities, and prepares for a slave revolt against humanity.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Asa Maynor ...
David Chow ...
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Cornelius and Zira's son Caesar leads apes to revolution in this installment of the apes saga. Dogs and cats have been wiped out by a plague and now apes are household pets that are treated like slaves. Caesar has the intelligence to fight this oppression. Written by Josh Pasnak <chainsaw@intouch.bc.ca>

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Release Date:

30 June 1972 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Conquista do Planeta dos Macacos  »

Box Office


$1,700,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Writer Paul Dehn conceived the film as a simian take on the American Civil Rights movement of the time. Ironically, Dehn was English but brought an astute sensibility to the project. (Not surprisingly, the film was very popular with black audiences.) See more »


(at around 54 mins) When Caesar is being tortured, you can see a small rectangular hole in his mask at the rear of the upper lip, presumably for the actor to breathe through. See more »


Woman: [referring to cigarettes] Funny, now that I know these things won't kill me, I don't enjoy them.
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It tries, but not well enough
2 July 2000 | by (Florida, USA) – See all my reviews

This film's low budget really does it in. The make-up that had worked so well in the first film looks cheap and phony here. The script is half-baked and if you think about it, kind of tasteless. They should have been more subtle with that equating blacks with apes thing. The film is well-directed and its fast pace helps, but it really needed to be better mounted and given a longer running time to develop its story. As it is it's just not very convincing and even more than a little silly. And when I look at a good actor like Roddy McDowall all hunched-over in that make-up, I have to wonder, "Did he really need the gig that much?"

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