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Planet of the Apes (1968)

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An astronaut crew crash-lands on a planet in the distant future where intelligent talking apes are the dominant species, and humans are the oppressed and enslaved.

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Michael Wilson (screenplay by), Rod Serling (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 6 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlton Heston ... George Taylor
Roddy McDowall ... Cornelius
Kim Hunter ... Zira
Maurice Evans ... Dr. Zaius
James Whitmore ... President of the Assembly
James Daly ... Honorious
Linda Harrison ... Nova
Robert Gunner ... Landon
Lou Wagner ... Lucius
Woodrow Parfrey ... Maximus
Jeff Burton ... Dodge
Buck Kartalian ... Julius
Norman Burton ... Hunt Leader
Wright King ... Dr. Galen
Paul Lambert ... Minister
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Storyline

Taylor and two other astronauts come out of deep hibernation to find that their ship has crashed. Escaping with little more than clothes they find that they have landed on a planet where men are pre-lingual and uncivilized while apes have learned speech and technology. Taylor is captured and taken to the city of the apes after damaging his throat so that he is silent and cannot communicate with the apes. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Somewhere in the universe there must be something better than man. In a matter of time, an astronaut will wing through the centuries and find the answer. He may find the most terrifying one of all on the planet where apes are the rulers and man the beast. See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Edward G. Robinson was supposed to play Zaius character, but the make-up proceedings to play the ape were too hard for him, so he finally renounced and Maurice Evans got the role. See more »

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Taylor claims the talking doll is proof humans could once talk, asking, "Would an ape make a human doll that could talk?" Actually , humans make a lot of animal dolls that talk, so the reverse from apes is not all that unlikely. (Taylor's remark is taking into consideration the apes' attitude toward humans, which would be considered sacrilege to construct a talking human doll). See more »

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George Taylor: And that completes my final report until we reach touchdown. We're now on full automatic, in the hands of the computers. I have tucked my crew in for the long sleep and I'll be joining them soon. In less than an hour, we'll finish our sixth month out of Cape Kennedy. Six months in deep space - by our time, that is. According to Dr. Haslein's theory of time, in a vehicle travelling nearly the speed of light, the Earth has aged nearly 700 years since we left it, while we've aged ...
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Referenced in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: When She Was Bad (1997) See more »

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Only one word can describe this movie, "WOW"
20 January 2004 | by MOONSALT90See all my reviews

Absolutely incredible. Easily in my top 10 all time, and that's saying something. This movie kept me captivated from the beginning all the way to the end. It combined a super setting and effects (at least for '68) and the casting was perfect. This movie included, in my opinion, one of the most memorable line in film history, "get your damn paws of me, you stinkin' apes!". Not to ruin it for anyone, the ending is also one of the best in film history. This easily won my award for most entertaining and original story ever, because it captivated the imagination, especially considering the fact that it could actually happen (it's a stretch, but...) This is a rather short response, but I could just go on and on saying how great it was, but it would only be redundant. Overall, this movie was absolutely incredible

9.5\10 stars (I'm a tough reviewer)


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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 April 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Planet of the Apes See more »

Filming Locations:

Kayenta, Arizona, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,800,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$32,589,624

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$32,599,045
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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Color by Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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