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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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Official Sites:

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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:

$9,000,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Zelda, the female orangutan, is the only female ape in any Planet of the Apes movie or TV show who is not a chimpanzee. See more »

Goofs

When Ceasar is about to hit Breck with the butt of his rifle, the close up reveals that there is no magazine in the gun. Ceasar then reconsiders. In the next shot the magazine is suddenly present. 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 »

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Not a bad sequel, with some sharp writing.
26 December 1999 | by nycovom1See all my reviews

Conquest Of The Planet Of The Apes is actually a good movie. One could argue that it's a case of good writing in the face of a pathetically low budget, ala Star Trek. The "future city" in the film was actually a then-new business complex in L.A., on the verge of completion. The producers lucked out and got permission to shoot there. This was good, because the studio had alloted said producers a ridiculously low budget, something like 1.7 million dollars, to make the movie. The tiny budget especially shows through in the special effects and the props: check out the "authenticator", used to make Ricardo Montalban's character tell the truth to the goverment heavies, which looks like a dining room hanging lamp with a blue bulb inside. Money problems aside, Conquest Of The Planet Of The Apes is still entertaining, and makes some pointed observations about real-life society in the process. Just overlook the only-in-'72 turtlenecks, afros and push-button phones with the cords removed. :-).


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