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Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973)

G | | Action, Sci-Fi | 15 June 1973 (USA)
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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.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Severn Darden ...
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Abe the teacher
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After conquering the oppressive humans in "Conquest for the Planet of the Apes", Caesar must now keep the peace among the humans and apes. Gorilla General Aldo views things differently, and tries to cause an ape civil war. In the meantime, other human survivors learn of the ape city, and decide they want to take back civilization for themselves, thus setting the stage of warring ape factions and humans. Written by Humberto Amador

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The final chapter in the incredible Apes saga. The most suspenseful showdown ever filmed as two civilizations battle for the right to inherit what's left of the earth!


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Release Date:

15 June 1973 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Colonization of the Planet of the Apes  »

Box Office


$1,800,000 (estimated)

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(Westrex Recording System)


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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film takes place in the early 21st Century and 2670. See more »


Caesar's famous "Now, fight like apes!" line is marred by his ape lower-mouth appliance beginning to fall off, revealing his own human mouth inside. The director tried to hide this by blurring those frames of film at the lower end of the screen. What looks like dust on the camera was intentional. See more »


[first lines]
Title Card: North America, 2670 A.D.
The Lawgiver: In the beginning God created beast and man so that both might live in friendship and share dominion over a world of peace. But in the fullness of time evil men betrayed God's trust and in disobedience to His holy word waged bloody wars, not only against their own kind, but against the apes, whom they reduced to slavery. Then God in his wrath sent the world a saviour, miraculously born of two apes who descended on Earth from Earth's own future and man was ...
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Why does everyone hate this film?
5 March 2000 | by (London) – See all my reviews

I've never known anyone say a good thing about this movie! To me it would have been far better if they had never made any sequels, the original movie was on a far higher level than the sequels ever aspired to. It was a ci9nematic masterpiece which I can't praise highly enough. I hated Beneath...it was hammy, boring and dull, with some badly judged humour and really could have been made without any actors in ape make-up, just a standard adventure. Escape had its moments, veering from cringe inducing slapstick to dark moments of intelligence, and Conquest is certainly depressing but badly misguided. Then came Battle. To be honest it looks like a tv movie, has no cinematic scale or visual ambition. What it does possess is compassion, which the other films lack. It tries to end the series in diminuendo, and for me works. The insight into the middle stage between human and ape is fascinating, and the gorillas have the menace again they lacked totally in Beneath. The most fascinating aspect is the "ape has killed ape" subplot, which is a great piece of moral soul-searching, big budget or not. Lord Of The Flies seems to have invaded the concept somewhere and the movie is pensive and reflective, and the ending is gorgeous. The allegorical tone of the first film is returned, albeit very heavy handed, but the chimp/ gorilla conflict and the school/ war games mixtures made for me a very sensible way of closing the book at long last. It's the only sequel I would dash home to watch of them all. "I guess you might say they just joined the human race."

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