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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:NRC (original rating) | Australia:M (re-rating) (2011) | Australia:PG (re-rating) (1984) | 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 (certificate #23342) | USA:PG (certificate #23342) (DVD/Blu-Ray Rating) | USA:PG (certificate #23342) (Digital Streaming) | West Germany:16 (nf)

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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 McDowall to make him reconsider his decision and give the film a more hopeful tone.See more »
Revealing mistakes: (at around 48 mins) 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 »
Caesar: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!See more »
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23 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
Conquest of the Planet of the Apes - The best of the Best!, 17 August 2008
Author: gandhi_III from Australia

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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