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Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971)

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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.

Director:

Don Taylor

Writers:

Paul Dehn, Pierre Boulle (based upon characters created by)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Roddy McDowall ... Cornelius
Kim Hunter ... Zira
Bradford Dillman ... Dr. Lewis Dixon
Natalie Trundy ... Dr. Stephanie Branton
Eric Braeden ... Dr. Otto Hasslein
William Windom ... The President
Sal Mineo ... Milo
Albert Salmi ... E-1
Jason Evers ... E-2
John Randolph ... Chairman
Harry Lauter ... General Winthrop
M. Emmet Walsh ... Aide
Roy Glenn ... Lawyer (as Roy E. Glenn Sr.)
Peter Forster Peter Forster ... Cardinal
Norman Burton ... Army Officer
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

A New Generation Of Incredible Apes In The Most Exciting Suspense Film Of Them All See more »

Genres:

Action | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 July 1971 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Secret of the Planet of the Apes See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$12,300,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In a 2010 interview with the Archive of American Television, Eric Braeden admitted that he did not really like the role of Dr. Otto Hasslein as it considered it to be a caricature. Nevertheless, he added that he had a good time making the film as he enjoyed working with Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter and Don Taylor, whom he described as a very good director. See more »

Goofs

(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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Sure this is worth watching......
15 December 2001 | by gazzo-2See all my reviews

You have Ricardo Montalbon, you have Soap star Eric 'mustache' Breaden, and you have Sal 'Rebel without a Cause' Mineo. How can you go wrong? You have guys in Chimp suits. You have Roddy. You have Kim Hunter from the first flick. It's great.

My chief memory/image of the flick is seeing them, the trio of apes, being given the Star treatment, getting outta a limousine in front of a crowded city street, etc. That is very much a part of the flick. It was made in '71, and yeah it really, really looks it-but ya gotta like it. William Windom as da Prez is pretty cool too, def. a knockoff of hostile Nixon in places I would say.

This sets up the next two fine, though its both better than them and better than #2 in the run also. I think you can do worse than to sit through this.......

**1/2 outta ****


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