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.
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
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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
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An original script draft showed more of the rapid evolution of the apes from primitive to intelligent and showed the progression of apes from pets to slaves. See more »
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 »
But now... now we will put away out hatred. Now we will put down our weapons. We have passed through the Night of the Fires. And who were our masters are now our servants. And we, who are not human, can afford to be humane. Destiny is the will of God. And, if it is man's destiny to be dominated, it is God's will that he be dominated with compassion and understanding. So, cast out your vengeance. Tonight, we have seen the birth of the Planet of the Apes!
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Thought provoking ending makes up for large story gap...
The movie ends provocatively enough with the foundation laid for the future that we see in the first film. Like the others in the series there is no shortage of philosophy and ideology here.
The main problem with the film is that there is a large gap in the story. After Ricardo Montalban's character leaves, Caesar makes a decision to rally the other apes for a revolution. Immediately there is ape unity, and a common, understood cause. I was rather curious just how he accomplished that. It hints at the ability of the others to communicate and understand his speech beyond the "conditioning" given them, but the story never explains that; as though the genesis of the apes revolution was edited from the movie. It all happens too quickly...or maybe that's the point.
None of the sequels to the original approach its greatness, but this is possibly the closest. As mentioned, the ending strikes a perfect note.
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