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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... George Taylor
... Cornelius
... Zira
... Dr. Zaius
... President of the Assembly
... Honorious
... Nova
... Landon
... Lucius
... Maximus
... Dodge
... Julius
... Hunt Leader
Wright King ... Dr. Galen
... Minister
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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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This is Commander Taylor, Astronaut. He has landed in a world where Apes are the rulers and Man the beast. Now he is caged, tortured, risks mutilation. Because no human can remain human on the "Planet of the Apes". See more »

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Adventure | Sci-Fi

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3 April 1968 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Monkey Planet  »

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$5,800,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$33,395,426
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Roddy McDowall, an experienced actor, recommended to his companions in makeup that they should frequently add tics, blinks and assorted facial gestures to add a sense of realism and keep the makeup from appearing "mask-like". McDowall reportedly became a merry prankster with the makeup, driving home with his make-up on, and shocking some of the other drivers on the freeway. See more »

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The exposed skin of the actors' neck can be seen beneath the ape masks in a few scenes where the actors suddenly turn their heads. Such as when Julius is questioning the order to release Taylor and when Cornelius is arguing on the beach at the end. 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 HBO First Look: Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) See more »

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Get your hands off this movie, you damn dirty remake!
20 March 2006 | by See all my reviews

It's especially interesting that "Planet of the Apes" was released a few months before "2001: A Space Odyssey", as they both look at the same question: what will become of humanity (and how did we originate)? Obviously, the really famous line is Charlton Heston's snap at his captors, and the really famous scene is the end - which I won't tell here for fear of spoiling the whole movie. And what an impressive movie it is! Unfortunately, I can't say the same for Tim Burton's remake. "POTA" should never have been remade. So, for a cinematic treat, stick to this one and avoid the remake.

One more thing is that some people have pointed out that the portrayals of the simians were kinda racist. The blond, cultured orangutans are the nobles; the dark-haired, mildly nervous chimpanzees are the scientists; and the dark-skinned, incompetent gorillas are the police. Oh well. It's still a good movie.


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