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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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 »
(at around 1h 11 mins) When the apes rise up against the humans, shortly after an ape throws a flaming torch to start a fire, the camera pans back and for a brief moment you can see a metal tube mounted to the ground shooting gas to create the wall of fire. 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 »
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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