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Behind the Planet of the Apes (1998)

TV Movie  -   -  Documentary  -  6 September 1998 (USA)
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The story behind the making of the 5 "Planet of the Apes" movies.

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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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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 Great Behind the Scenes Look
15 September 2003 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

This is an excellent look at how the five Planet of the Apes films as well as the television series and the animated cartoon. It also was sad too knowing that this was probably one of the last projects that Roddy McDowell worked on before he died. However, the main thing I did enjoy about this documentary was the original test footage featuring Edward G. Robinson as Zaius and a young James Brolin as Cornelius. Also, I was fascinated by some of the interesting behind the scenes tidbits that it showed. This is a great documentary about one of the most enduring film series in motion picture history.


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