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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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Taglines:

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

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Action | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Unlike other films in the series, this film focuses almost exclusively on chimpanzees and gorillas, with only a few orangutans shown. See more »

Goofs

When Armando is being questioned by Governor Breck and his men, Armando is shown the taped conclusion from the Presidential Commission regarding the fate of Cornelius & Zira (footage from the previously released Escape from the Planet of the Apes on a round video monitor, the image changes from an approx. 1.33:1 aspect ratio, then to a wider aspect approx. 1.85:1 in the close-up of the monitor, then to a circular image in a following wide shot and then finally back to the approx. 1.85:1 aspect in the return close-up of the monitor. 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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Crazy Credits

The 20th Century-Fox logo does not appear on this film. See more »

Alternate Versions

The film was cut for violence in the final battle scene by the US distributor for a 'PG' rating. Similarly the BBFC (UK) cut the electrical torture of Caesar, and closeup scenes of violence from the killing of the guards and the climactic battle for an 'AA' cinema rating. Video releases were classified as '15' (now '12' for the DVD) and all prints feature the edited U.S version. See more »

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It tries, but not well enough
2 July 2000 | by stew100See all my reviews

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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