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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


Rule 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:

| | (uncredited)


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Linda Harrison:  (at around 19 mins) "Nova" from Planet of the Apes (1968), plays one of the humans in the rolling cage that takes Leo to Ape City. She is the woman next to him who shakes her head "no" when Leo speaks. See more »


There are numerous apparent plot holes in the story which are explained away in supplementary material (DVD booklet, novelization, etc). This includes the frequently asked question regarding the presence of horses. These remain goofs as far as the casual viewer is concerned, but they are the subject of much heated debate and are not now included in this list. 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

The background on the 20th Century Fox logo fades to a starfield, before the logo itself fades out and the camera pans to the planet below. See more »


Referenced in Dinner for Five: Episode #2.1 (2003) See more »


Deep Space Launch
Music composed by Danny Elfman
Conducted by Pete Anthony
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Frequently Asked Questions

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User Reviews

31 July 2001 | by (New Haven) – See all my reviews

"Why can't we all get along?" the Rodney King ape asks. Maybe it's because Hollywood insists on doing awful re-makes of classic movies! There is NOTHING worth seeing in this film (except, maybe, Charlton Heston's cameo). The remake is cliché-ridden, wholly predictable, and the ending makes no sense whatsoever . Why would anyone even THINK of tampering with a work of art like the original version of the Planet of the Apes? Avoid this travesty of a movie and rent the video of the 1968 classic.

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