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Behind the Planet of the Apes -- The story behind the making of the 5 "Planet of the Apes" movies.


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6 September 1998 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Roddy McDowall ... Himself - Host
Mort Abrahams ... Himself

Charlton Heston ... Himself

Richard D. Zanuck ... Himself (as Richard Zanuck)

Edward G. Robinson ... Dr. Zaius (archive footage)

James Brolin ... Dr. Cornelius (archive footage)
John Chambers ... Himself
William J. Creber ... Himself (as William Creber)

Kim Hunter ... Herself

Maurice Evans ... Himself (archive footage)
Eric Greene ... Himself, film historian

Linda Harrison ... Herself
Franklin J. Schaffner ... Himself (archive footage)

Ted Post ... Himself
Frank Capra Jr. ... Himself
Don Taylor ... Himself

Ricardo Montalban ... Himself

Natalie Trundy ... Herself - wife of Arthur P. Jacobs
J. Lee Thompson ... Himself

James Naughton ... Himself

Directed by
Kevin Burns 
David Comtois 
Writing credits
Brian Anthony  &
David Comtois  &
Kevin Burns 

Produced by
Brian Anthony .... co-producer
Kevin Burns .... executive producer
Stephanie Keane .... coordinating producer
Shelley Lyons .... producer
Cinematography by
Cory Geryak 
Film Editing by
David Comtois 
Dustin Ebsen 
Steven Rasch  (as Steve Rasch)
Makeup Department
Steve Buscaino .... additional hair stylist
Steve Buscaino .... additional makeup artist
Patricia Petrulo .... additional hair stylist (as Patricia Petrullo)
Patricia Petrulo .... additional makeup artist (as Patricia Petrullo)
Guy Richards .... hair stylist
Guy Richards .... makeup artist
Production Management
Jeff Kuntz .... production manager
Darla Marasco .... post-production supervisor
David Sehring .... executive in charge of production: American Movie Classics
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David A. Kleiler Jr. .... assistant director
Art Department
Steve Buscaino .... property constructor
Steve Buscaino .... property designer
Aaron Duclos .... set dresser
Cherie Fryman .... paintbox artist
Steve Newburn .... set dresser
Sound Department
Tom Amelotte .... sound re-recording engineer
Mark Lyons .... additional sound
James Mulryan .... additional sound (as Jim Mulryan)
Brian O'Carroll .... additional sound
Craig Roberts .... assistant sound engineer
Tony Smyles .... sound engineer
Ace Williams .... boom operator
Paul S. Shapiro .... sound mixer (uncredited)
Michael J. White .... narration recording engineer (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Lars Bunch .... motion control photographer
Martin Kauper .... motion control photographer
Doug Whitney .... main title graphic
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael Bauman .... gaffer
Jeff Chassler .... best boy electric
Bill Dow .... still photographer
Robert Egrini .... electrician
James Irons .... grip (as Jim Irons)
Kevin McCafferty .... additional camera operator
Charles 'Ching' Oettel .... second assistant camera
Kevin Peters .... electrician
Kelly Porterfield .... key grip
Justin Quach .... film loader
Joe Schiavello .... swing
Sandy Spooner .... additional camera operator
Robert Truitt .... first assistant camera (as Bobby Truitt)
Mark Venezia .... grip (as Marc Venezia)
Vernon Wynne .... best boy grip
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sarah Bardo .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Andrew Giacometti .... post-production coordinator
Mark W. Jacobs .... supervising on-line editor
John Moore .... on-line editor
Tony Santiago .... assistant editor (as Tony Santiago)
Other crew
Jacques Aureille .... production assistant
Tony Barton .... production assistant
Scot Beidelman .... media coordinator
Kristi Burns .... clearance coordinator
Marc Caldwell .... production assistant
Jennifer Campbell .... assistant accountant
Ron Carpenter Jr. .... media supervisor (as Ron Carpenter)
Bret Choffee .... production assistant (as Bret Chaffee)
Mimi Christensen .... project coordinator: Foxstar Productions
Michael Craig .... teleprompter operator
Blake Danforth .... production assistant
Elisa Evans .... production assistant (as Lisa Evans)
Janice Fernandez .... craft service
Kara Pross Gullo .... production accountant
Scott Hartford .... project manager: Foxstar Productions
Marilyn Harvey .... production assistant
Jerianne Keaney .... director of clearances
Annette Lloyd .... researcher (as Annette D'Agostino)
Andrew Marcus .... production counsel
John Murphy .... production assistant
John Murphy .... researcher
Piruza Nagapetian .... chyron operator
Diane C. Najuch .... researcher
Chris Noviello .... production assistant
David Pearson .... additional clearances
Neal Shaw .... teleprompter operator
Brenda Zamzow .... general manager: Van Ness Films (as Brenda J. Zamzow)
Forrest J. Ackerman .... acknowledgment: props and merchandise courtesy of
Alan J. Adler .... acknowledgment: Twentieth Century Fox Archive (as Alan Adler)
Michael Arick .... acknowledgment
Frank Barkyoumb .... acknowledgment: Twentieth Century Fox Library Services
Roger Bell .... acknowledgment: Twentieth Century Fox Library Services
Niel Bethke .... acknowledgment
Rich Billings .... acknowledgment: Twentieth Century Fox Library Services
Bill Blake .... acknowledgment: additional footage courtesy of
Ronald V. Borst .... acknowledgment: Hollywood Movie Posters
Joan Chambers .... acknowledgment
David Comtois .... acknowledgment: props and merchandise courtesy of
Joyce Hooper Corrington .... acknowledgment
Vicki Crawford .... acknowledgment
Lynette Falk .... acknowledgment
Cory Geryak .... acknowledgment: props and merchandise courtesy of
Eric Greene .... acknowledgment: props and merchandise courtesy of
Edward Gross .... acknowledgment
Jim Hardy .... acknowledgment
Lewis Lagrone .... acknowledgment
Larry Landsman .... acknowledgment
Frank Liberman .... acknowledgment: stills courtesy of
Jean-Marc Lofficier .... acknowledgment: props and merchandise courtesy of
Eric Love .... acknowledgment: Twentieth Century Fox Archive
Roddy McDowall .... acknowledgment: additional footage courtesy of
Patrick Miller .... acknowledgment: Twentieth Television Still Department (as Pat Miller)
Brian Peck .... acknowledgment: props and merchandise courtesy of
Brian Penikas .... acknowledgment: props and merchandise courtesy of (as Brian Pennikas)
Alison G. Pinsler .... acknowledgment: Frances C. Richardson Research Center
Francesca Robinson Sanchez .... acknowledgment: CMG Worldwide, Inc.
Joe Russo .... acknowledgment: additional footage courtesy of
Paul Sanderson .... acknowledgment: additional footage courtesy of
Christopher Sausville .... acknowledgment
Elias Savada .... acknowledgment: Motion Picture Information Services
Fritz Schwab .... acknowledgment
Susanna Schwartz .... acknowledgment
Errol Stevens .... acknowledgment (as Dr. Errol Stevens)
Tibor Szakaly .... acknowledgment: props and merchandise courtesy of
Paul Taglianetti .... acknowledgment
Brian Thomas .... acknowledgment: Frances C. Richardson Research Center
Natalie Trundy .... acknowledgment: stills courtesy of (as Natalie Trundy Jacobs Lopez)
Laura Walker .... acknowledgment: The Motion Picture and Television Fund
Ed Watz .... acknowledgment
Becca Wilson .... acknowledgment
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
127 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Dolby (as Dolby Surround)
Canada:PG (Canadian Home Video rating) | USA:Not Rated

Did You Know?

Host Roddy McDowall died on October 3, 1998, less than a month after the broadcast of this special.See more »
Movie Connections:
References "The Fugitive" (1963)See more »


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Lengthy and detailed look at the Apes phenomena, 19 June 2013
Author: Red-Barracuda from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

This informative documentary looks at the Planet of the Apes franchise in some detail. It covers all five movies, the short-lived TV series and even the kids cartoon. It's a pretty lengthy documentary clocking in at over two hours, although this allows it to cover a lot of ground. The first half looks at the first film, including the difficulties involved in convincing the studio to bring it to the screen. The second half details the subsequent sequels, etc. It is a very informative film but it will admittedly appeal mainly to fans of the series. It isn't really the most critical of docs it has to be admitted. It looks mostly favourably on everything, even though some of the later films weren't especially well received. Nevertheless, it does hone in on what made each instalment different.

Looking back on it, Planet of the Apes was the true precursor to Star Wars with its sequels and focus on tie-in merchandise – toy figures, mugs, games, bins, you name it. It was interesting to see how similar this model was to the subsequent Star Wars one. Admittedly one considerable difference was the fact that the Apes films were reduced in budget every time, leading to the final film Battle for the Planet of the Apes appearing more like a minor skirmish. This progression in the development of the series was interesting though and I have to say that overall it made me want to re-watch them.

It was presented by the ideal man in Roddy McDowell who appeared in almost all Apes-related stuff. It takes the form of the talking-heads format and so we get interesting input from a number of people involved in the franchise. We also get to see how the first film differed from the novel and understand why it ended up looking the way it did. There was one priceless sequence that showed early test footage, which was effectively a make-or-break moment for the first film. It ultimately convinced the studio execs that the make-up would work and led to the green light being given, however, it's interesting to see how different and primitive the make-up here is in comparison to what would be in the finished movie. There is also a fair amount of fascinating behind the scenes footage and some bits of entertaining chat, such as the way that the orang-utans, gorillas and chimpanzees ended up hanging out together at lunch for no obvious reason but probably an interesting subconscious psychological one.

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