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Planet of the Apes (2001)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi  |  27 July 2001 (USA)
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An Air Force astronaut crash lands on a mysterious planet where evolved, talking apes dominate a race of primitive humans.



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Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


On July 27th, take back the planet. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sequences of action/violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

27 July 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Return of the Apes  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$68,532,960 (USA) (27 July 2001)


$180,011,740 (USA) (25 January 2002)

Company Credits

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Gary Oldman was considered for the role of General Thade, which went to his Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (1990) costar Tim Roth. He would later play Dreyfus in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014). See more »


After the refugees cross the river, they set up camp and make fires. They are in the middle of the desert and there are no trees as far as the horizon. Where did they get the firewood? See more »


[first lines]
Captain Leo Davidson: [to Pericles, who is panicking during a simulated space mission] You lost.
Captain Leo Davidson: [stops the simulation] Again.
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Crazy Credits

Anne Ramsay's character Grace Alexander is referred to as "Anderson" in the credits. See more »


Featured in 20 to 1: Hollywood Twists (2011) See more »


Ape Suite #2
Music composed by Danny Elfman
Conducted by Pete Anthony
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User Reviews

Fun, cool bit of light entertainment.
24 January 2006 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Don't expect high drama or Shakespearean quality dialog. There's lots of good action sequences, great special effects, and some nifty science fiction geek concepts (even if the pseudo science is a bit inconsistent).

The story isn't bad, has a couple of interesting twists on the original.

Any movie that features humans + animals tugs the heart strings a little too.

My only problem is that it really calls out for a sequel.

My advice: don't take it too seriously and you might quite enjoy it.

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