The sole survivor of an interplanetary rescue mission searches for the only survivor of the previous expedition. He discovers a planet ruled by apes and an underground city run by telepathic humans.

Director:

Ted Post

Writers:

Paul Dehn (story by), Mort Abrahams (story by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
James Franciscus ... Brent
Kim Hunter ... Zira
Maurice Evans ... Dr. Zaius
Linda Harrison ... Nova
Paul Richards ... Mendez
Victor Buono ... Fat Man
James Gregory ... Ursus
Jeff Corey ... Caspay
Natalie Trundy ... Albina
Thomas Gomez ... Minister
Don Pedro Colley ... Negro
David Watson David Watson ... Cornelius
Tod Andrews ... Skipper
Eldon Burke Eldon Burke ... Gorilla Sgt.
Gregory Sierra ... Verger
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Storyline

Brent is an American astronaut, part of a team sent to locate missing fellow American astronaut, George Taylor. Following Taylor's known flight trajectory, the search and rescue team crash lands on an unknown planet much like Earth in the year 3955, with Brent being the only survivor of the team. What Brent initially does not know, much like Taylor didn't initially know when he landed here before Brent, is that he has landed back on Earth in the future, in the vicinity of what was New York City. Brent finds evidence that Taylor has been on the planet. In Brent's search for Taylor, he finds that the planet is run by a barbaric race of English speaking apes, whose mission is in part to annihilate the human race. Brent eventually locates some of those humans, who communicate telepathically and who live underground to prevent detection by the apes. These humans, who are in their own way as barbaric as the apes, want in turn to protect their species. Brent has to figure out a way to save ... Written by Huggo

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Now civilization's final battle between man and ape is about to begin. See more »


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Trivia

The only film in the original series of five that does not star Roddy McDowall, who was committed to another project. Archive footage of McDowall as Cornelius is played at the start, and David Watson plays the character in the film proper. Despite this, McDowall is often pictured on video and DVD packaging for this film. See more »

Goofs

Whenever Dr. Zaius and General Ursus are wearing their uniforms their arms and legs appear normal in size and weight. But in the steam room scene they are both obviously wearing bulky gorilla and orangutan costumes with no effort to appear realistic. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Cornelius: [reads from the holy scripts] "Beware the beast man, for he is the devil's pawn. Alone among God's primates, he kills for sport or lust or greed. Yea, he will murder his brother to possess his brother's land. Let him not breed in great numbers, for he will make a desert of his home, and yours. Shun him... for he is the harbinger of death."
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The 20th Century Fox logo does not appear on this film. See more »

Alternate Versions

When originally released in the UK, the film was heavily cut to receive a lower certificate from the BBFC. This version excised most of the violent and horrific scenes, most notably from the last third of the film, including both scenes where Brent is forced to attack Nova, the revelation of the underground humans' true appearance, the fight Brent and Taylor are forced to have in the prison cell, the killing of the mutant guard on a spiked door, and much of the shoot-out at the film's climax. This cut version was later shown on British TV, c.1991, even though all UK video and DVD releases have been fully uncut and rated '15' since 1987. See more »

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Referenced in Fallout 3 (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

All Things Bright and Beautiful
(uncredited)
Music by Leonard Rosenman
Lyrics by Paul Dehn
sung by choir of mutants
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Much better than I had expected
18 February 2005 | by zetesSee all my reviews

As an avid fan of the original Planet of the Apes, I had always avoided the sequels (though unfortunately not the remake), thinking they'd be so cheesy that they would harm the greatness of the original. I finally got around to the first sequel, Beneath the Planet of the Apes, and, frankly, I'm surprised at how good it is. I'm a big fan of corny '70s sci-fi anyway, and Beneath is certainly cheaper and goofier than the original. But its themes and ideas are surprisingly intelligent, and it creates suspense and excitement very well. It also expands the mythology of its universe, which is always a positive to geeks like myself. I'd say the only big faults are the much smaller budget, which causes the ape makeup to appear much less convincing than it originally was, and the casting of a Charlton Heston impersonator to play the lead. The story is that James Franciscus is another astronaut looking for Heston and his crew. And since he eventually does find Heston, I don't understand why they wanted someone who looked so much like their original star.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 May 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Planet of the Apes Revisited See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$18,999,718

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$18,999,718
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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