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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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The most powerful family of the 20th Century...It's Baby Milo Who Has Washington Terrified! See more »

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Action | Sci-Fi

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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The opening scene was filmed on the same beach location where Taylor had discovered the Statue on the first movie. See more »

Goofs

(at around 27 mins) Whilst in captivity, Cornelius explains that Dr. Milo salvaged Taylor's space ship (which crashed and then sank in the first film) and rebuilt it, which allowed the three apes to escape from the Earth before it was destroyed and travel backwards in time. The apes in the 40th century did not have the technology to salvage the ship from the bottom of the ocean, let alone the knowledge to rebuild it and learn how to fly it. 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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The 20th Century Fox logo does not appear on this film. See more »

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Referenced in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014) See more »

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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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