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Planet of the Apes (1974– )

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Two astronauts and a sympathetic chimp friend are fugitives in a future Earth dominated by a civilization of humanoid apes.


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While on a mission, three astronauts in their space ship get caught in a time vortex. They return to Earth in the year A.D. 3979 and discover that intelligent apes are now the highest form of life.

Stars: Austin Stoker, Philippa Harris, Henry Corden
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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.

Director: J. Lee Thompson
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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.

Director: J. Lee Thompson
Stars: Roddy McDowall, Claude Akins, Natalie Trundy
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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.

Director: Don Taylor
Stars: Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, Bradford Dillman
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
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The sole survivor of an interplanetary rescue mission searches for the only survivor of the previous expedition. He discovers a planet ruled by apes and an underground city run by telepathic humans.

Director: Ted Post
Stars: James Franciscus, Kim Hunter, Maurice Evans
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The story behind the making of the 5 "Planet of the Apes" movies.

Directors: Kevin Burns, David Comtois
Stars: Roddy McDowall, Mort Abrahams, Charlton Heston
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An astronaut crew crash lands on a planet in the distant future where intelligent talking apes are the dominant species, and humans are the oppressed and enslaved.

Director: Franklin J. Schaffner
Stars: Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
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An Air Force astronaut crash lands on a mysterious planet where evolved, talking apes dominate a race of primitive humans.

Director: Tim Burton
Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Helena Bonham Carter, Tim Roth
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A substance, designed to help the brain repair itself, gives rise to a super-intelligent chimp who leads an ape uprising.

Director: Rupert Wyatt
Stars: James Franco, Andy Serkis, Freida Pinto
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A TV repairman / mad scientist creates a device that transports him to another world where women have banished men to a forbidden zone and taken apes as their love slaves.

Director: Lou Vockell
Stars: Candy Doll, Monique Gabrielle, Addie Morton
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This is not an original made-for-TV movie, but two episodes of the 1974 TV series Planet of the Apes (1974) edited together.

Directors: Arnold Laven, Don Weis
Stars: Roddy McDowall, Ron Harper, James Naughton
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Plot is unknown.

Director: Matt Reeves
Stars: Woody Harrelson, Judy Greer, Andy Serkis


Complete series cast summary:
 Galen (14 episodes, 1974)
 Alan Virdon (14 episodes, 1974)
 Pete Burke (14 episodes, 1974)
 Urko (11 episodes, 1974)
Ron Stein ...
 Gorilla Guard / ... (10 episodes, 1974)
Booth Colman ...
 Zaius (6 episodes, 1974)
Eldon Burke ...
 Chilot / ... (5 episodes, 1974)


Television series about a group of astronauts who travel in time and become marooned on a planet. Unbeknownst to them, they are actually on future Earth. The astronauts encounter an advanced civilization run by apes, but supported by enslaved human workers. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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Release Date:

13 September 1974 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El planeta de los simios  »

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(14 episodes)

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(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)


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Did You Know?


The two human leads graced the show with an Ivy League pedigree. Ron Harper (who played Alan) was a Princeton graduate and won a fellowship to Harvard, while James Naughton (Pete) was a graduate of Brown and Yale. See more »


It is clear from the numerous shots of the palms of Galen's hands that they are gloves, though the character doesn't wear gloves. See more »


Urko: These humans are dangerous, don't you understand that? They think that they're as good as we are!
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Follows Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973) See more »

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1 May 2003 | by See all my reviews

PLANET OF THE APES was a show that stressed dialouge over brawn; Talk over heft and firepower. The tv show was big on words and had some good art direction yet alas, only lasted 14 episodes. The series featured creative people who worked on STAR TREK and had a quality to it seen prominently in the episode about the prison fishermen. The show at times had a flair of genius in production values and props. PLANET OF THE APES was a genre show in a era before big syndicated sci fi had found a market (except SPACE 1999). The series as a whole was not bad but it was not all it could have been either. There were questions raised in the films left unexplored that could have been delved into by the series. I recommend the DVD set to serious fans.

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