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Conquest of the Planet of the Apes -- In a futuristic society where ape slavery has taken over the world, Caesar, the son of the late simians Cornelius and Zira, surfaces after almost 20 years in hiding out from the authorities, and prepares for a slave revolt against humanity.


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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Roddy McDowall ... Caesar

Don Murray ... Breck

Natalie Trundy ... Lisa

Hari Rhodes ... Malcolm MacDonald

Severn Darden ... Kolp

Lou Wagner ... Busboy

John Randolph ... Commission Chairman
Asa Maynor ... Mrs. Riley

H.M. Wynant ... Hoskyns
David Chow ... Aldo

Buck Kartalian ... Frank - Gorilla

John Dennis ... Policeman
Paul Comi ... 2nd Policeman

Gordon Jump ... Auctioneer
Dick Spangler ... Announcer
Joyce Haber ... Zelda
Hector Soucy ... Ape With Chain

Ricardo Montalban ... Armando
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
James Bacon ... Ape (uncredited)
Rayford Barnes ... Riot Control Commander in Plaza (uncredited)

William Bryant ... Man at Auction (uncredited)

Jean Byron ... Book Store Owner (uncredited)
Sam Chew Jr. ... Controller (uncredited)

Francis De Sales ... Auction Attendee (uncredited)
Peter Paul Eastman ... Auction Attendee (uncredited)
Erin Fleming ... Cafe Customer (uncredited)

Daniel Keough ... Jailguard (uncredited)
Ron Pinkard ... Controller (uncredited)

Jeffrey Sayre ... Restaurant Chef (uncredited)

Directed by
J. Lee Thompson 
Writing credits
Paul Dehn (written by)

Pierre Boulle (characters)

Produced by
Frank Capra Jr. .... associate producer
Arthur P. Jacobs .... producer
Original Music by
Tom Scott 
Cinematography by
Bruce Surtees (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Marjorie Fowler 
Alan Jaggs  (as Allan Jaggs)
Production Design by
Philip M. Jefferies (uncredited)
Art Direction by
Philip M. Jefferies  (as Philip Jefferies)
Set Decoration by
Norman Rockett 
Costume Design by
Morton Haack (uncredited)
Makeup Department
Jack Barron .... makeup artist
John Chambers .... creative makeup designer
Joe DiBella .... makeup artist
Carol Pershing .... hair stylist
Daniel C. Striepeke .... makeup supervisor (as Dan Striepeke)
Verne Langdon .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Jan Van Uchelen .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
William Eckhardt .... unit production manager (as William G. Eckhardt)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David 'Buck' Hall .... assistant director (as David 'Buck' Hall)
Jack Stubbs .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Terry Ballard .... prop master (uncredited)
Thomas Gark .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Sound Department
Don J. Bassman .... sound (as Don Bassman)
Herman Lewis .... sound
Orrick Barrett .... boom man (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Johnny Borgese .... special effects (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
L.B. Abbott .... special photographic effects (uncredited)
Denny Arnold .... stunts (uncredited)
Craig R. Baxley .... stunts (uncredited)
Tony Brubaker .... stunts (uncredited)
Stephen Burnette .... stunts (uncredited)
Richard E. Butler .... stunts (uncredited)
Hank Calia .... stunts (uncredited)
Mickey Caruso .... stunts (uncredited)
Roydon Clark .... stunts (uncredited)
Erik Cord .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Couch .... stunts (uncredited)
Paula Crist .... stunts (uncredited)
Nick Dimitri .... stunts (uncredited)
Bennie E. Dobbins .... stunts (uncredited)
Russ Dodson .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Larry Duran .... stunts (uncredited)
Dick Durock .... stunts (uncredited)
Gary Epper .... stunts (uncredited)
Tony Epper .... stunts (uncredited)
Alan Gibbs .... stunts (uncredited)
Ted Grossman .... stunts (uncredited)
Orwin C. Harvey .... stunts (uncredited)
Eddie Hice .... stunts (uncredited)
Larry Holt .... stunts (uncredited)
Whitey Hughes .... stunts (uncredited)
Hubie Kerns Jr. .... stunts (uncredited)
Hubie Kerns .... stunts (uncredited)
Henry Kingi .... stunts (uncredited)
Gene LeBell .... stunts (uncredited)
Denver Mattson .... stunts (uncredited)
Troy Melton .... stunts (uncredited)
Regina Parton .... stunts (uncredited)
Regis Parton .... stunts (uncredited)
Victor Paul .... stunts (uncredited)
Allen Pinson .... stunts (uncredited)
Glenn Randall Jr. .... stunts (uncredited)
Wally Rose .... stunts (uncredited)
Alex Sharp .... stunts (uncredited)
David Sharpe .... stunts (uncredited)
Eddie Smith .... stunts (uncredited)
Paul Stader .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Ron Veto .... stunts (uncredited)
Rock A. Walker .... stunts (uncredited)
Richard Washington .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Waters .... stunts (uncredited)
Fred Waugh .... stunts (uncredited)
George P. Wilbur .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard Barth .... camera assistant (uncredited)
Bud Gray .... stillman (uncredited)
Charles Holmes .... electrical gaffer (uncredited)
Jack Richter .... key grip (uncredited)
Charles W. Short .... camera operator (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Wesley Trist .... wardrobe man (uncredited)
Barbara Westerland .... wardrobe woman (uncredited)
Location Management
Bill Venegas .... location manager (uncredited)
Music Department
Larry Bunker .... musician: percussion (uncredited)
Larry Carlton .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Victor Feldman .... musician: percussion (uncredited)
Milt Holland .... musician: percussion (uncredited)
Michael Lang .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Michael J. McDonald .... score remixer (uncredited)
Joe Porcaro .... musician: percussion (uncredited)
Tom Scott .... conductor (uncredited)
Bud Shank .... musician: flute (uncredited)
Other crew
Jack Hirshberg .... unit publicist
Don Record .... title designer
Duane Toler .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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88 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Australia:M | Brazil:12 | Canada:PG (Canadian Home Video rating) | Finland:K-18 (uncut) (2001) | Finland:K-16 (cut) (1972) | Germany:12 (re-rating) | Iceland:12 | Netherlands:6 | Norway:16 | Singapore:PG | Spain:T | Sweden:15 (cut) | UK:AA (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:15 (tv rating) | UK:12 (video re-rating) (2003) (2009) | UK:15 (video rating) (1988) | USA:PG (DVD/Blu-Ray Rating) | USA:PG (Digital Streaming) | USA:PG (certificate #23342) | West Germany:16 (nf)

Did You Know?

The jumpsuits worn by the apes were leftover costumes from the 1964-68 Fox TV series "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea" (1964). The Ape Management men's insignia patches and computer and electronic cabinets, all came from the Irwin Allen series, "The Time Tunnel" (1966). The large set that comprised Ape Management Center (where apes are processed and trained to become docile servants) is a re-dressed set of Adm. Matthew's office and the Triton Control complex from City Beneath the Sea (1971) (TV). Governor Breck's Ape Auction throne was first used in Taylor's spaceship in Planet of the Apes (1968). The same style chair is also used by passengers on the space-plane in "Land of the Giants" (1968). The same chairs were used in the Earthforce Spaceships in the TV series "Babylon 5" (1994).See more »
Revealing mistakes: Throughout the film, the apes have human-looking feet, and not the ape-shaped feet as in the earlier films. This is most apparent when the apes are strapped to the electrical torture device, to which the feet are visibly bound.See more »
Caesar:The King is dead. Long live the King! Tell me Breck, before you die - how do we differ from the dogs and cats that you and your kind used to love? Why did you turn us from pets into slaves?
Breck:Because your kind were once our ancestors. Because man was born of apes, and there's still an ape curled up inside of every man. You're the beast in us that we have to whip into submission. You're the savage that we need to shackle in chains. You taint us, Caesar. You poison our guts. When we hate you, we're hating the dark side of ourselves.
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10 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Not a bad sequel, with some sharp writing., 26 December 1999
Author: nycovom1 from California, U.S.A.

Conquest Of The Planet Of The Apes is actually a good movie. One could argue that it's a case of good writing in the face of a pathetically low budget, ala Star Trek. The "future city" in the film was actually a then-new business complex in L.A., on the verge of completion. The producers lucked out and got permission to shoot there. This was good, because the studio had alloted said producers a ridiculously low budget, something like 1.7 million dollars, to make the movie. The tiny budget especially shows through in the special effects and the props: check out the "authenticator", used to make Ricardo Montalban's character tell the truth to the goverment heavies, which looks like a dining room hanging lamp with a blue bulb inside. Money problems aside, Conquest Of The Planet Of The Apes is still entertaining, and makes some pointed observations about real-life society in the process. Just overlook the only-in-'72 turtlenecks, afros and push-button phones with the cords removed. :-).

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