After settling his differences with a Japanese PoW camp commander, a British colonel co-operates to oversee his men's construction of a railway bridge for their captors - while oblivious to a plan by the Allies to destroy it.
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.
J. Lee Thompson
The world is shocked by the appearance of two 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.
Pierre Boulle provided David Lean and Franklin J.Shaffner with two great stories:"bridge on the river Kwaï" (1957) and "planet of the apes " (1968)I've not read the Boulle novel which was adapted here.But I hope it's better than this listless dragging political thriller .A good cast (Annie Girardot,Jean Bouise ,Jean-Claude Brialy and the neglected Françoise Brion in a one-scene madam part) is wasted .The last sequence will remind Pakula's fans of his excellent "parallax view".But Tramont is not up to scratch.A sleeper?A sleeping pill more like!
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