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Battle for the Planet of the Apes -- Ten years after conquering the Earth, ape leader Caesar wants the ruling apes and enslaves humans to live in peace. But warning factions of apes led by a militant gorilla general as well as various human groups threaten the stability.
Battle for the Planet of the Apes -- Ten years after conquering the Earth, ape leader Caesar wants the ruling apes and enslaves humans to live in peace. But warning factions of apes led by a militant gorilla general as well as various human groups threaten the stability.


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Pierre Boulle (characters)
Paul Dehn (story)
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Release Date:
15 June 1973 (USA) See more »
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!
One decade after a worldwide series of ape revolutions and a brutal nuclear war among humans, Caesar must protect survivors of both species from an insidious human cult and a militant ape faction alike. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Roddy McDowall ... Caesar / Cornelius (also archive footage)

Claude Akins ... General Aldo

Natalie Trundy ... Lisa

Severn Darden ... Governor Kolp

Lew Ayres ... Mandemus

Paul Williams ... Virgil

Austin Stoker ... Bruce MacDonald

Noah Keen ... Abe the teacher
Richard Eastham ... Mutant Captain

France Nuyen ... Alma

Paul Stevens ... Mendez
Heather Lowe ... Doctor

Bobby Porter ... Cornelius
Michael Stearns ... Jake
Cal Wilson ... Soldier

Pat Cardi ... Young Chimp

John Landis ... Jake's Friend
Andy Knight ... Mutant on Motorcycle

John Huston ... The Lawgiver
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
James Bacon ... Gorilla Soldier (uncredited)

Eric Braeden ... Dr. Otto Hasslein (archive footage) (uncredited)

Colleen Camp ... Julie - Lisa's Servant (uncredited)
Paula Crist ... Girl in Corral (uncredited)
Jimmy Gambina ... Orangutan (uncredited)
David Gerrold ... Chimp (uncredited)
Dominique Green ... Female Ape (uncredited)

Kim Hunter ... Dr. Zira (archive footage) (uncredited)
Sam Maronie ... Mutant Technician (uncredited)

Lou Wagner ... Busboy (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
J. Lee Thompson 
Writing credits
Pierre Boulle (characters)

Paul Dehn (story)

John William Corrington (screenplay) &
Joyce Hooper Corrington (screenplay)

Produced by
Frank Capra Jr. .... associate producer
Arthur P. Jacobs .... producer
Original Music by
Leonard Rosenman 
Cinematography by
Richard H. Kline (director of photography)
Film Editing by
John C. Horger 
Alan Jaggs  (as Alan L. Jaggs)
Casting by
Ross Brown 
Art Direction by
Dale Hennesy  (as Dale Hennessy)
Set Decoration by
Robert De Vestel  (as Robert deVestel)
Costume Design by
Morton Haack (uncredited)
Makeup Department
Jack Barron .... makeup artist
John Chambers .... creative makeup designer
Joe DiBella .... makeup supervisor (as Joe Di Bella)
Werner Keppler .... makeup artist
Carol Pershing .... hair stylist
John Inzerella .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Verne Langdon .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Jan Van Uchelen .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
Michael S. Glick .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ric Rondell .... assistant director
Barry Stern .... second assistant director
Bob Jeffords .... director trainee (uncredited)
Art Department
Gus Basso .... greensman (uncredited)
Russell Goble .... property master (uncredited)
Dan Goozee .... set illustrator (uncredited)
Dianne Wager .... set designer (uncredited)
John Zemansky .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Sound Department
Don J. Bassman .... sound (as Don Bassman)
Herman Lewis .... sound
Orrick Barrett .... boom operator (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Gerald Endler .... special mechanical effects
Johnny Borgese .... special effects (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
L.B. Abbott .... special photographic effects (uncredited)
Craig R. Baxley .... stunts (uncredited)
Lightning Bear .... stunts (uncredited)
Stephen Burnette .... stunts (uncredited)
Richard E. Butler .... stunts (uncredited)
Mickey Caruso .... stunts (uncredited)
Roydon Clark .... stunts (uncredited)
Erik Cord .... stunts (uncredited)
Paula Crist .... stunts (uncredited)
Nick Dimitri .... stunts (uncredited)
Bennie E. Dobbins .... stunts (uncredited)
Russ Dodson .... stunts (uncredited)
Larry Duran .... stunts (uncredited)
Dick Durock .... 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)
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)
Thomas Rosales Jr. .... stunts (uncredited)
Wally Rose .... stunts (uncredited)
Alex Sharp .... stunts (uncredited)
Felix Silla .... stunts (uncredited)
Eddie Smith .... stunts (uncredited)
Paul Stader .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Richard Washington .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Waters .... stunts (uncredited)
Fred Waugh .... stunts (uncredited)
Jesse Wayne .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Al Baerthlin .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Albert Bettcher .... camera operator (uncredited)
Douglas Bolder .... second company grip (uncredited)
John C. Flinn III .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Alan Goldenhar .... gaffer (uncredited)
Clayton Gray .... still photographer (uncredited)
Ted Holt .... best boy (uncredited)
Jay Johnson .... crab dolly operator (uncredited)
Lou Pazelli .... key grip (uncredited)
Bill Williams .... generator operator (uncredited)
Casting Department
Carl Joy .... extras casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Albert H. Frankel .... assistant wardrobe man (uncredited)
Wally Harton .... wardrobe man (uncredited)
Barbara Siebert .... wardrobe woman (uncredited)
Ronald Wind .... assistant wardrobe man (uncredited)
Music Department
Larry Bunker .... musician: percussion (uncredited)
Milton Kestenbaum .... musician: bass (uncredited)
Michael J. McDonald .... score remixer (uncredited)
Richard Nash .... musician: trombone (uncredited)
Leonard Rosenman .... conductor (uncredited)
Other crew
Don Record .... title designer
John Campbell .... publicist (uncredited)
David Richardson .... head wrangler (uncredited)
Duane Toler .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
93 min | USA:96 min (extended version) | UK:86 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Australia:PG | Australia:NRC (original rating) | Brazil:Livre | Canada:PG | Finland:K-12 | Iceland:L | Netherlands:14 (1973) | Norway:16 | Singapore:PG | Spain:T | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) | USA:G (certificate #23616) | West Germany:12 (f)

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The Corrington's original ending had apes and human children playing together in a playground. They hated Paul Dehn's more portentous ending.See more »
Revealing mistakes: During the final battle, several of the explosions are really the same single pyrotechnics gag (a blast that destroys a tree house and splits the tree in two) shown to us from different angles.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...
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14 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Missing 10 minutes crucial for film!, 10 October 2004
Author: cornelius-7 from Florida

This is a very good film, not anywhere near as good as the first four of the series, but for only one reason. 10 minutes.

The Japanese release of 'Battle' contains an extra 10 minutes of footage that I feel is not only important to the storyline, but it completely changes the feel of the film. Without those crucial 10 minutes of footage, the viewer is thus given a somewhat watered down t.v. series type version of the film, originally done to attract a more younger audience. I personally love this film either way, Trust me, before critisizing 'Battle For The Planet Of The Apes', seek out the Japanese release (I have it on laserdisc) and see for yourself just how different (and better) a decent film can become with only 10 minutes of added storyline.

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