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.
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.
Ten years after a worldwide series of ape revolutions and a brutal nuclear war among humans, Caesar must protect survivors of both species from an insidious human cult and a militant ape faction alike.
J. Lee Thompson
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
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DNA testing, which was in its infancy at the time of the filming, was apparently unknown to the writers of the film. If it wasn't, then discovering who Caesar was would have been a relatively simple task . See more »
[to Caesar, whom he has on a leash]
Do you have authorization to dress him like that?
[hands over papers]
Oh, yes, Sir.
A circus ape, huh?
And the only one to ever have been trained in bareback riding in the entire history of the circus!
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The 20th Century-Fox logo does not appear on this film. See more »
The 2008 Blu-ray release includes both the theatrical version, and an 'Unrated' version with an alternate ending sequence, which was re-edited and re-shot due to poor audience reaction and to get a PG rating. In the ending, Caesar allows the apes to beat Breck and the other humans to death. Breck does not cower, but faces his executioners. Lisa does not say "No" and Caesar makes no speech counseling compassion. There are also additional shots of apes and humans bleeding from gunshots, and apes stacking bodies of riot police. See more »
This film's low budget really does it in. The make-up that had worked so well in the first film looks cheap and phony here. The script is half-baked and if you think about it, kind of tasteless. They should have been more subtle with that equating blacks with apes thing. The film is well-directed and its fast pace helps, but it really needed to be better mounted and given a longer running time to develop its story. As it is it's just not very convincing and even more than a little silly. And when I look at a good actor like Roddy McDowall all hunched-over in that make-up, I have to wonder, "Did he really need the gig that much?"
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