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.
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.
Ten years after conquering the Earth, ape leader Caesar wants the ruling apes and enslaved humans to live in peace. But warring factions of apes led by a militant gorilla general as well as various human groups threaten the stability.
J. Lee Thompson
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
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The majority of the outdoor scenes were shot in and around the University of California, Irvine campus, which was designed by futurist architect William L. Pereira, and was only six years old at the time of filming. Much of the production centered around the Social Science complex, which was designed by A.C. Martin & Associates and was still under construction during filming. Careful use of camera angles and editing made a handful of buildings and exteriors feel more like action spread across an entire city.
Some exteriors, and all of indoor sets were all filmed at the Fox backlot in Century City, Los Angeles. 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 »
The most gore-filled action packed 'Apes' films of all!!
By 1972 Planet of the Apes was one of the most successful film series in the world. The franchise was huge and 20th Century Fox kept making on newer adventures. I tend not to call them sequels unless they copy the first film in a certain way. It is no doubt that Conquest is the most violent of the 'Apes' films and is the only one to bear a PG rating..... CUT! Yes, that is right the chances are that you yourself have viewed the US cut version which contains less violence and gore. When the film was released the previous 'Apes' films were all rated G, so in order not to pull away too much of the family audience for the series it was cut to avoid getting an R rating (there was no PG-13 in 1972). However, in Japan it was released uncut. The uncut first made its debut in the US on the 20th Century Fox movie channel when the ran an 'Apes' marathon in tribute to the 40th anniversary to the first film. This was right when the films were released on Blu-Ray discs. You can only find the uncut version of 'Conquest' on the Blu-Ray disc where it also gives you the cut version as well. Any DVD release of this is cut. But, looking back at all the 'Apes' films and their ratings, I'd say that they would all be rated PG today (excluding 'Conquest' even cut would likely get a PG-13). Back then the MPAA was either real 'loose' at rating films or real strict.
'Conquest' follows the story of Corneilius and Zira's son, Caesear who is the only ape on earth with ability of speech and high intelligence. Cats and Dogs have been wiped out by a previous plague and the apes replace them as household pets which they later turn into slaves. After Caesear's owner from the circus, Armando (Richardo Montalban) commits suicide in fear of the powerful government finding him being responsible for Caesear (a talking ape for the governors stands a threat to civilization). Caesear then goes on a rampage of gathering fellow apes and weapons to organize a revolution or riot to overthrow the humans responsible for their slavery. This leads to tons of entertaining action that keeps on the edge of your seat for the remainder of the film. This one is probably the more mature 'Apes' films next to Escape From The Planet of the Apes (1971).
A lot of people really don't get this films and consider it to be just a bombardment of mindless violence and a meaningless story line. It's not. This is a real good introduction to the character of Caesear and shows how he develops into the apes future leader. It really is a powerful story in which it echoes to the past of our country's slavery, except here it takes place in the future. It's also interesting to see how much the future of humanity has changed from the previous film's adventure. In a special way the Planet of the Apes films are like time travel films, in where the future and past is changed. The first 'Apes' films I ever saw was this one, while looking back it probably wasn't a good idea because I didn't understand anything and the only I liked was the violence (I was a kid when I saw it). So I encourage you to see this incredible series of films and think to yourself could this really ever happen.......
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