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 two 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 movie originally ended with Caesar's yell of "That day is upon you NOW!" and the apes beating Governor Breck to death despite Mr. MacDonald's plea. Poor testing resulted in the addition of Lisa yelling "NO!", which was followed by repeated footage of Caesar's speech dubbed by Roddy MacDowall to make him reconsider his decision and give the film a more hopeful tone. See more »
Throughout the film, the supposedly wireless telephones are simply standard telephones with the wires removed and the wire outlets taped over. This is most noticeable when Mr. McDonald is talking on a red phone and the tape color does not match. See more »
My dad doesn't recall her going, but I remember she did. Our family didn't always attend Disney flicks. The opening credits sequence had to have scared her, even I was little unnerved. Back in 1972, this was the "must see" film of the summer. I have always been impressed with the opening credits. The way J. Lee Thompson choreographed the emergence of the apes from around a corner of the Century City Plaza, never ceases to amaze me. Tom Scott's underrated jazz/avant-garde score is perfect for this sequence. A dissonant chord is heard on the soundtrack: North America, 1991. First we see one gorilla, then another, and then another, until finally we see an enormous band of them. I think this is one of the best openings in screen history. Later on, Scott's music wonderfully captures the sheer violence of the ape rebellion. I can never forget the musical cue for the guard with the flame thrower. I like Caesar's speech at the end--even if the tone was changed. And that crazy matte painting of the skyscraper engulfed in fire even startled my girl friend. A job well done.
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