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


Pierre Boulle (based upon characters created by), Paul Dehn (story by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Roddy McDowall ... Caesar
Claude Akins ... Aldo
Natalie Trundy ... Lisa
Severn Darden ... Kolp
Lew Ayres ... Mandemus
Paul Williams ... Virgil
Austin Stoker ... MacDonald
Noah Keen ... Teacher
Richard Eastham ... Mutant Captain
France Nuyen ... Alma
Paul Stevens ... Mendez
Heather Lowe ... Doctor
Bobby Porter ... Cornelius
Michael Stearns Michael Stearns ... Jake
Cal Wilson Cal Wilson ... Soldier


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

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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!


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Did You Know?


Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972) begins by letting us know the year is 1991. In this movie near the end Mandemus tells Caesar that the armory has been his home for 27 years (this contradicts one of Kolp's followers implying that the war ended 12 years ago). Depending on how long it took the apes to get out of the city and build their own armory this movie should take place sometime around 2018 or soon thereafter. See more »


When the humans from the dead city and two of Aldo's gorillas meet in the desert, Governor Kolp watches the gorillas through his binoculars. He then issues orders to shoot the gorillas with a cannon. The cannon fires in a completely different direction to the way he was looking, but hits them anyway. See more »


[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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Alternate Versions

CBS television version adds a few scenes cut from the theatrical release. One scene takes place after Aldo chases teacher Abe, where MacDonald reminds him why humans should not say "no" to an ape. Another scene towards the end of the film has the surviving House of Mendez cult about to set off the doomsday bomb (as seen in "Beneath The Planet Of The Apes"), but decide not to as it would be a threat to the world. See more »


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User Reviews

Why does everyone hate this film?
4 January 2014 | by veryape-887-913905See all my reviews

In my opinion this film is underrated it is not a great film by any means but is better than Beneath The Planet Of The Apes and Conquest Of The Planet Of The Apes. This is the fifth and final chapter in the ape saga and in my opinion it didn't disappoint the planet is a desolated place, Ceasar wants apes and humans to live together however ape has the edge over man as leaders and the humans fight back... This film stars Roddy McDowell, Claude Akins & Natalie Trundy this film was directed by J.Lee Thompson i recommend this film even though it has a low rating on IMDb it is an enjoyable film so watch and enjoy THE FINAL CONFRONTATION


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Release Date:

15 June 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Battle for the Planet of the Apes See more »


Box Office


$1,800,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)



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2.39 : 1
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