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Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972)

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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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All new! The revolt of the apes. The most awesome spectacle in the annals of science fiction! See more »

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Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

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 budgets on the Apes movies were constantly trimmed because 20th Century Fox was still in financial trouble following the huge flops of Cleopatra (1963), Star! (1968) and Hello, Dolly! (1969). See more »

Goofs

Throughout the film, the apes have human-looking feet, and not the ape-shaped feet as in the earlier films. This is most apparent when the apes are strapped to the electrical torture device, to which the feet are visibly bound. See more »

Quotes

[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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Aiming to imitate the first movie...
1 November 1999 | by BenaiahSee all my reviews

These movies are a mixed bag to say the least and it doesn't pay to scrutinise several incongruities...but they are enjoyable none the less.

Conquest for the Planet of the Apes, the fourth in the series, covers the 'pre-history' of the first movie, where the apes first start to gain some ascendancy in the world of humans. And like the first movie (and to a lesser degree the second) it actually strives to make a social statement AND does a decent job. Parallels are drawn between the apes struggle against slavery to humans and the struggle for civil rights of black people in America with the ape riot scene intended to imitate a famous riot in the sixties. The point is well made considering the censorship restrictions on violence and the touchy nature of the underlying subject matter - a topic well discussed today but not overtly talked about in 1972. The result is daring, well-made (the riot is stunning) and well-meaning, but sometimes a little clumsy.

Some fairly elementary things are overlooked, as well, such as the fact that in the first movie the apes were evolved by 2000 years thus excusing their very human bearing, but here, in the 'future' of 1991, they are just supposed to be apes with clothes on...doesn't quite work.

All in all, though, an entertaining film and a good showcase for Roddy McDowall's real acting abilities. 7 out of 10.


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