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.
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.
J. Lee Thompson
The world is shocked by the appearance of three 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.
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
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North America, 2670 A.D.
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
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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