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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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Dr. Cornelius (archive footage)
John Chambers ...
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William J. Creber ...
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Eric Greene ...
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Franklin J. Schaffner ...
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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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commentary on POTA sequel 1968-1973

On behalf of this documentary I want to express myself thus. The piece of recollection narrated by Roddy Mcdowall was his last film before he died. By the way, this actor has nothing to do with actor Malcolm Mcdowell although both are almost at the same age and have physical resemblance.

This is one thing that POTA fans should have in mind, and second I want to file a request that except for the first "Planet of the Apes" (1968) most of the dialogue boxes say nothing about the four sequels it re-produced (not connected with the french sci-fi novel). Those sequels I watched recently again and this provoked a commentary, because I firstly watched the documentary from 1998 which was in itself a very accomplished work and could register as sixth in a row for the mainstream POTA. I am not speaking about the remake movie from 2001 with Mark Wahlberg and the upcoming sequels but obviously a lot of explanatory work is expected to be done. Especially, because POTA franchise has become preparatory school topic and included in the study panels.

Secondly, I am obliged here to reveal the timeline subject of the whole movie set the way I understand it (if the reader is sure that he knows about it he can discard it easily at free will):

1. Now firstly come "Escape from the Planet of the Apes" (3rd sequel, 1971) which takes place in 2600 A.D. and is the time when apes astronaunts arrive on Earth in space capsule;

2. Next come "Conquest of the Planet of the Apes" (4th sequel, 1972) when the rebellious apes overtake the Earth which is devastated by virus brought with the space-craft from the above;

3. Third come "Battle for the Planet of the Apes" (5th sequel, 1973) when humans are divided in twos - i) enslaved by apes and ii) mutant humans that are rebellious. Timeline is 3200 A.D.;

4. Here is the catch now, original "Planet of the Apes" (1968) is fourth in story plot and first in make-up. Timeline is 3900 A.D. and another space capsule arrive on Earth with principle astronaut (Charlton Heston) and some other people. The enslaved humans are already mute because they are lobotomized and apes are warring between themselves, while the astronaut who can speak himself escapes and heads for the Forbidden city (a destructed New York marked by a fallen Statue of Liberty);

5. Lastly comes "Beneath the Planet of the Apes" (2nd sequel, 1970) when the astronaut from above divulge the secret of the Forbidden city (an A-bomb) and together with his survived buddy and parallel with some extant mutants oppose the apes to his final death and launch of the A-bomb. The saga ends with green Earth, no living creatures on it. Thank you!


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