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Behind the Planet of the Apes (1998)

Not Rated | | Documentary | TV Movie 6 September 1998
The story behind the making of the 5 "Planet of the Apes" movies.
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Mort Abrahams ...
Himself
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Himself
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Himself (as Richard Zanuck)
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Dr. Zaius (archive footage)
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Dr. Cornelius (archive footage)
John Chambers ...
Himself
William J. Creber ...
Himself (as William Creber)
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Herself
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Himself (archive footage)
Eric Greene ...
Himself, film historian
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Herself
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Himself (archive footage)
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Himself
Frank Capra Jr. ...
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This documentary was shown as part of the American Movie Classics (AMC) cable TV channel's celebration of the 30th anniversary of the release of Planet of the Apes (1968). We learn how the original French novel was transformed into the first film; the problems that the producers encountered during production of the entire series (often involving shrinking budgets); how the stories related to current events (e.g., the Vietnam War and the civil rights movement); and how the series became a pervasive part of American popular culture. The film includes interviews with virtually all of the people involved in the production of the film series, including all the main performers. Personal movies taken on the shooting sets and early ape makeup test footage (with Edward G. Robinson and James Brolin!) are also featured. Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@verizon.net>

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Journey Back To The Planet Of The Apes!

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6 September 1998 (USA)  »

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Detrás del Planeta de los Simios  »

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Host Roddy McDowall died on October 3, 1998, less than a month after the broadcast of this special. See more »

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A Fun Documentary for Movie Fans
8 February 2000 | by (Wabash, Indiana) – See all my reviews

This is a pretty good making-of documentary, insofar as it includes a lot of clips and a pretty good feeling for how and why everything was done. The thing about it that made me laugh, however, was how much they overstated the value of the series. While I will admit that the many sequels may have set an unfortunate precedent, I feel the films themselves weren't quite as important as the writers of this documentary would have us believe.


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