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Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972)

PG | | Action, Sci-Fi | 30 June 1972 (USA)
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In a futuristic world that has embraced ape slavery, Caesar, the son of the late simians Cornelius and Zira, surfaces after almost twenty years of hiding out from the authorities, and prepares for a slave revolt against humanity.

Director:

J. Lee Thompson

Writers:

Paul Dehn, Pierre Boulle (characters)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Roddy McDowall ... Caesar
Don Murray ... Breck
Ricardo Montalban ... Armando
Natalie Trundy ... Lisa
Severn Darden ... Kolp
Hari Rhodes ... Malcolm MacDonald
Lou Wagner ... Busboy
John Randolph ... Commission Chairman
Asa Maynor ... Mrs. Riley
H.M. Wynant ... Hoskyns
David Chow David Chow ... Aldo
Buck Kartalian ... Frank - Gorilla
John Dennis ... Policeman
Paul Comi ... 2nd Policeman
Gordon Jump ... Auctioneer
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Storyline

Cornelius and Zira's son Caesar leads apes to revolution in this installment of the apes saga. Dogs and cats have been wiped out by a plague and now apes are household pets that are treated like slaves. Caesar has the intelligence to fight this oppression. Written by Josh Pasnak <chainsaw@intouch.bc.ca>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 June 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Conquista do Planeta dos Macacos See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,700,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$9,000,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The only one of the five original films to be shot in Todd-AO 35. All of the others were filmed in Panavision. See more »

Goofs

Early on, when people are protesting in front of a government building, marching in a circle and holding signs, there is an announcement on the loud-speaker being made. The announcement continues without interruption, however, the people marching in the circle cut from two people to two different people in the same position in the circle without disruption of announcement audio. See more »

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[first lines]
Armando: [to Caesar, whom he has on a leash] Come! Come!
Guard: Do you have authorization to dress him like that?
Armando: [hands over papers] Oh, yes, Sir.
Guard: A circus ape, huh?
Armando: And the only one to ever have been trained in bareback riding in the entire history of the circus!
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Roddy's great in next terrific sequel (but people still don't seem to get it)
5 October 2000 | by mord39See all my reviews

MORD39 RATING: *** out of ****

Roddy McDowall gives maybe his best APES performance as Caesar, an intelligent chimpanzee stuck in a time he was never meant to live in.

Nearly twenty years after ESCAPE..., Caesar has learned that apes have become household servants for humans to use. Their stature has increased, and their learning abilities too. Though no reason is given in the film (a typical criticism by some viewers) one may presume that the mysterious plague which killed all dogs and cats somehow had an effect on primates. Even Ricardo Montalban's character says "the pets became larger...and larger...until now......"

Soon, Caesar sees himself as a savior who can lead the apes out of their bondage and assert their independence. He leads the charge as the apes revolt and take over, apparently planting a seed that could eventually grow into the world we saw in the original PLANET OF THE APES classic.

The film again is intelligent, and action-packed. It's true that by today's over-blown standards, the ape revolt can't look as awesome as it did in 1972...but the focus here is on the character of Caesar, an ape from another time who is not responsible for what he is, and who has to stifle his anger over the state of his fellow simians and cope with his situation.

CONQUEST is good, solid science fiction.


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