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Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971)

G | | Action, Sci-Fi | 9 July 1971 (UK)
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The world is shocked by the appearance of three talking chimpanzees, who arrived mysteriously in a U.S. spacecraft. They become the toast of society, but one man believes them to be a threat to the human race.

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... Cornelius
... Zira
... Dr. Lewis Dixon
... Dr. Stephanie Branton
... Dr. Otto Hasslein
... The President
... Milo
... E-1
... E-2
... Chairman
... General Winthrop
... Aide
... Lawyer (as Roy E. Glenn Sr.)
Peter Forster ... Cardinal
... Army Officer
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Following the events in "Beneath the Planet of the Apes", Cornelius and Zira flee back through time to 20th Century Los Angeles, where they face fear and persecution similar to what Taylor and Brent suffered in the future, and discover the origins of the stream of events that will shape their world. Written by Marg Baskin <marg@asd.raytheon.ca>

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Secret of the Planet of the Apes  »

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$2,500,000 (estimated)

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$12,300,000
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All five original "Planet of the Apes" movies were #1 at the U.S. box office when released. "Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971)" spent one week as the #1 top grossing film: the week of May 23, 1971 it made $4,294,942. See more »

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(at around 5 mins) During the opening titles of the movie, when the helicopter is "lifting off" from the beach, it is the same footage of the landing, played backwards. See more »

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Helicopter pilot: Red Baron Control. Red Baron Five. Orbiting southeast corner of sector Alpha Charlie. We've spotted what appears to be a spacecraft just outside the surf line. Alert rescue. Advise we can remain on station for 45 minutes and we'll squawk 7700 for a radar fix.
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Referenced in Flash Forward: Apeward Bound (1997) See more »

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A new tone for the series
24 June 2003 | by See all my reviews

No, this film is not as awe-inspiring as the original but it still maintains the viewer's interest despite the scaled down approach which was due to budget constraints. For much of the film the there is a humorous tone. Good performances were turned in by familiar faces (Braeden, Montalban, Mineo). The story, despite some holes, was quite riveting. I'm looking forward to the fourth installment. The sense of adventure and exploration (this time by the apes) and the continued presentation of parallels between this fictional world and our world still make for worthwhile viewing. 7/10.


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