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Back to the Planet of the Apes (1981)

TV Movie  -   -  Adventure | Sci-Fi | Thriller  -  1981 (USA)
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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" edited together.

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Galen (archive footage)
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Alan Virdon (archive footage)
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Pete Burke (archive footage)
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Farrow (archive footage)
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Veska (archive footage)
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Zako (archive footage)
John Milford ...
Miller (archive footage)
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Urko (archive footage)
Booth Colman ...
Zaius (archive footage)
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Ullman (archive footage)
Cindy Eilbacher ...
Lisa Miller (archive footage)
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Arno (archive footage)
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Three twentieth century astronauts travel through a time warp and crash on Earth in 3085 A.D.. One of the astronauts is killed in the impact, and the two survivors, Alan Virdon and Pete Burke, find that they have returned to an Earth where their loved ones are long dead, where technological civilization has fallen, and where humanity is subjugated by intelligent, talking simians who live in jungle cities and preside over pastoral hinterlands. The two astronauts are captured by horse-riding gorillas (the ape army) and taken before an orangutan tribunal. They are deemed a threat to ape security and sentenced to death. The two condemned men are visited in their cell by a curious chimpanzee named Galen, who is fascinated by their accounts of an advanced human civilization centuries past. After Galen accidentally kills a gorilla and is charged with murder, Virdon, Burke, and Galen all escape the ape city and are fugitives hunted by a determined gorilla named Urko. Virdon manages to salvage... Written by Kevin McCorry <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

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Not bad at all
6 July 2009 | by (Scotland, United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

While watching this movie, I could not help but shake a sense of familiarity. I was pretty sure I hadn't seen it before, but a part of me recognised what was unfolding.

Lone behold, I find that it's just two episodes of the TV show stuck together. Regardless of this, it's quite an engaging little piece. You get the same type of message as the previous movies yet with a little less focus on the weird and a little more focus on the actual relationship between man and ape.

It's something we've seen before and the plot does feel a bit mediocre and shoestring at times, but I most certainly enjoyed it. The ending is shoddy, but this can be explained by the episodes being stuck together.

Overall, solid acting and a familiar premise means that you'll enjoy this little ride back through the Planet of the Apes, but will probably want to revisit the original by the end. 6/10


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