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:
Hari Rhodes ...
Severn Darden ...
Lou Wagner ...
Asa Maynor ...
David Chow ...
Buck Kartalian ...
John Dennis ...
Paul Comi ...
2nd Policeman
Dick Spangler ...


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 <>

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Release Date:

30 June 1972 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Conquista do Planeta dos Macacos  »

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$1,700,000 (estimated)

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(Westrex Recording System)


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2.35 : 1
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The fourth of five Planet of the Apes movies. See more »


(at around 1h 16 mins) When Caesar gets an M-16 during the riot from the armory, he's running along firing. As he's shooting, two riot police with shotguns are firing back at Caesar. The officer on the right of the screen has his shield down, but in the very next shot as he's being killed, his shield is raised. See more »


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Conquest of the Planet of the Apes - The best of the Best!
17 August 2008 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

This is by far the best ape film of the series.

The powerful performance by Roddy McDowall is riveting, I have never been so touched by a performance.

This picture has a similar feeling to Romero's Dawn of the Dead.

Roddy is by far a superior performer than Heston.

It is A grade low budget cinema at it's best.

The timing of the picture is also on par. I really thought I was watching an apocalyptic thriller set in the 90's (the vision of the future). This movie is way ahead of it's time.

Much respect to the writers and directors for making such a masterpiece.

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