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Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973)

G | | Action, Sci-Fi | 15 June 1973 (USA)
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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.

Director:

J. Lee Thompson

Writers:

Pierre Boulle (characters), Paul Dehn (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Roddy McDowall ... Caesar / Cornelius
Claude Akins ... General Aldo
Natalie Trundy ... Lisa
Severn Darden ... Governor Kolp
Lew Ayres ... Mandemus
John Huston ... The Lawgiver
Paul Williams ... Virgil
Austin Stoker ... Bruce MacDonald
Noah Keen ... Abe the teacher
Richard Eastham ... Mutant Captain
France Nuyen ... Alma
Paul Stevens ... Mendez
Heather Lowe Heather Lowe ... Doctor
Bobby Porter ... Cornelius
Michael Stearns Michael Stearns ... Jake
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Storyline

After conquering the oppressive humans in "Conquest for the Planet of the Apes", Caesar must now keep the peace among the humans and apes. Gorilla General Aldo views things differently, and tries to cause an ape civil war. In the meantime, other human survivors learn of the ape city, and decide they want to take back civilization for themselves, thus setting the stage of warring ape factions and humans. Written by Humberto Amador

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The final chapter in the incredible Apes saga. The most suspenseful showdown ever filmed as two civilizations battle for the right to inherit what's left of the earth!

Genres:

Action | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 June 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Colonization of the Planet of the Apes See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,800,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$8,800,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (extended)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Governor Breck from Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972)) was originally planned to return as the villain, but Don Murray wasn't interested. However, Severn Darden was available to return, so the villain was changed to Breck's security chief, Kolp. See more »

Goofs

During the final battle, several of the explosions are really the same single pyrotechnics gag (a blast that destroys a tree house and splits the tree in two) shown to us from different angles. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Title Card: North America, 2670 A.D.
The Lawgiver: In the beginning God created beast and man so that both might live in friendship and share dominion over a world of peace. But in the fullness of time evil men betrayed God's trust and in disobedience to His holy word waged bloody wars, not only against their own kind, but against the apes, whom they reduced to slavery. Then God in his wrath sent the world a saviour, miraculously born of two apes who descended on Earth from Earth's own future and man was ...
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Crazy Credits

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

Alternate Versions

The Japanese laserdisc edition and the Legacy Collection DVD edition of the film are ten minutes longer that the U.S. version and include scenes also used in the television version. The following is a detailed list of changes:
  • 8'03:the score continues to its original ending for 25 seconds with extra footage of General Aldo approaching on a horse.
  • 13'37: The gorillas' chase of the Teacher is longer by 20 seconds.
  • 26'57: Governor Kolp is walking around in his HQ and has more dialogue (30 sec)
  • 29'38: Caesar's party's entry into the ruined city is 40 seconds longer with more dialogue.
  • 34'32: The escape from the Mutant's City is longer and contains more dialogue.
  • 42'06: The scene were Cornelius is "shot" by a human boy is extended and makes the fact that they're playing a game apparent sooner. (15 sec).
  • 46'47: DELETED SCENE: Kolp activates the Alpha-Omega missile and tells Alma to fire it on Ape City if he sends a special coded signal. (1'16")
  • 56'43: The mutant assault is extended by 45 seconds. (In this sequence there are three more smaller cuts that reduce the battle scene by 40 additional seconds and there is no musical score.)
  • 1'02'18: The scene where Kolp calls Sergeant York is missing. (1 min)
  • 1'07'57: More segments from the battle are cut by almost 40 sec.
  • 1'08'50: There are additional shots and dialogue before the mutants lay the smoke screen.
  • 1'09'29: 15 seconds of the battle are cut.
  • 1'10'00: 20 seconds of battle footage cut.
  • 1'16'00: The scene were Aldo kills Kolp, the Mutant Captain, and other fleeing mutants in the school bus is restored.
  • 1'22'10: The fight between Aldo and Caesar is longer.
  • 1'24'00: DELETED SCENE: Sergeant York tells Alma and Mendez that Kolp's attack failed. Alma leaves to launch the Alpha-Omega missile but Mendez talks her out of it, explaining it must never be used and that it must be venerated. Why this scene was cut from the original release is unknown, since without it the Mutant storyline is left unresolved.
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A review from North America, 2004 A.D.
23 May 2004 | by lemon993See all my reviews

So the final entry in the Planet of the Apes series takes liberties with the timeline and the plot wanders through other prior installments, but I feel the movie delivers a degree of pathos seldom seen in a sequel. The bookend scenes involving the Lawgiver, John Huston in heavy make up, speaking to a group of schoolchildren--apes and humans--tie up the saga nicely, leaving open the future for more sequels.(Tim Burton in his dreadful remake should have filled in the blanks instead of "reimagining" a different world of apes. Only my opinion.) Things I like include the character Mandemus, keeper of the armory(Caesar's conscience), the trek to the radioactive city, Caesar's viewing of his dead parents in the Hall of Records and the final ambiguous shot of the movie. The money allocated to Leonard Rosenman's impressive score was well spent. The pop singer Paul Williams display a deft touch for acting in his debut. Try and catch this screen gem on Fox Movie Channel and you will be treated to additional scenes involving the always looming doomsday bomb. And special praise to J.Lee Thompson for delivering more with less.


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