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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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Jake
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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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15 June 1973 (USA)  »

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Colonization of the Planet of the Apes  »

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$1,800,000 (estimated)
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Paul Dehn had recovered from his bout of illness sufficiently to come in at the end of pre-production and do a re-write of the script. Although he rewrote about 90% and changed the ending, he was only given a Story credit by the Writers Guild of America. See more »

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When the governor opens the silo doors it is obvious that they are barely big enough to let the main body of the missile through, but not big enough to let the fins out as well. See more »

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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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That's More Like It!: The Tense, Stunning Conclusion To A Big-Screen Legend
30 August 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

People have massacred this film, criticizing its choppy length, its performances, and its special effects. But I say bravo to J. Lee Thompson for it-- the man who failed so miserably at "Conquest of the Planet of the Apes."

Caesar (Roddy McDowall) returns, as does Lisa (Natalie Trundy), his chimpanzee wife, and Aldo (now played by Claude Akins), a gung-ho gorilla who constantly dreams of getting rid of Caesar. "Conquest" sub-villain Kolp (Severn Darden), now governor of an underground, radiated civilization of humans, is also along for the ride.

Were it just for them, this film would be a total bore (except McDowall and Trundy). The one who really stands out in this film is Virgil (Paul Williams, Little Enos from "Smokey and the Bandit," which, suffice to say, is not one of my favorite films), a clever orangutan who speaks in terms of scientific poetry and is Caesar's most trusted adviser. Also good are Lew Ayres as Mandemus (keeper of Caesar's armory and conscience) and John Huston as the Lawgiver, who acts merely as a narrator for the film's opening and closing sequences. The story follows the conflict that arises when the underground humans and the ape society discover they each exist.

The resulting battle is one of the greatest in science fiction history, a landmark thanks to the special effects people seem to loathe so much for their simplicity. And Leonard Rosenman (composer for the second POTA film, as well) provides a musical score that does this film justice-- a feat unheard of in the series since Jerry Goldsmith's riveting original.

Overall, this is one of the best in the series, and a fitting conclusion. And for a series like this, that's good to know.


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