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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 (based upon characters created by)
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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 »

Genres:

Action | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The jumpsuits worn by the apes (to save the cost of fake fur for the crowd of ape extras) were leftover costumes from the 1964-68 Fox TV series Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1964). The Ape Management men's insignia patches and computer and electronic cabinets, all came from the Irwin Allen series, The Time Tunnel (1966). The large set that comprised Ape Management Center (where apes are processed and trained to become docile servants) is a re-dressed set of Adm. Matthew's office and the Triton Control complex from City Beneath the Sea (1971). Governor Breck's Ape Auction throne was first used in Taylor's spaceship in Planet of the Apes (1968). The same style chair is also used by passengers on the space-plane in Land of the Giants (1968). The same chairs were used in the Earthforce Spaceships in the TV series Babylon 5 (1993). See more »

Goofs

Armando calls the son of Zira and Cornelius "Caesar" at the start of the film rather than his given name, "Milo". Since this name was well known to the authorities as that of one of the three chimps that had arrived from space in Escape from the Planet of the Apes, this was a wise move. When Breck was having Caesar choose a name for himself, Caesar went through the book of names clumsily, as an illiterate ape would, while quickly scanning for his own given name, making it appear that he chose the name "Caesar" randomly. 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 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 »

Connections

Featured in The Chronic Rift: Podcast of the Apes (2018) 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 June 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,700,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$9,043,472

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,043,472
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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