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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The fourth of the original five 1968-1973 Planet of the Apes movies. See more »
(at around 1h 23 mins) When the chimpanzee Lisa opens her mouth to utter her only line in the movie ("No!"), you can see her real teeth behind her makeup appliance and fake teeth. 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 »
When I was a kid back in the 70's, "Planet of the Apes" movies were a big deal. I even had the toy action figures. I threw 'em away long ago. I wonder how much they would be worth now. :-( However, I never caught this film; it's the one that describes how the apes came to begin their domination of the world. It plays out like a mediocre 1970's sci-fi tv show. The performances are simplistic; the ape makeup, though still impressive, is a bit lazy. (Some of the foreground, not just background, extras seem to be simply wearing masks.) The action scenes are more confusing than exciting. However, as a piece in the puzzle of the "Apes" saga it is a must-see. It answers some questions leftover from earlier movies and sets up the next film in the series. However, if you only have the chance to see one "Apes" film, see the original with Charlton Heston, not this one.
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