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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.


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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!


Action | Sci-Fi


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Did You Know?


There's an intentional irony between Caesar and Aldo, other than one being a peaceful (until pushed) Chimpanzee and the other a warlike Gorilla: Aldo is named after the ape that led the revolt against humans in the original timeline while Caesar led the revolt in the second timeline. See more »


During the final battle scene, a pyrotechnic charge and the cable leading to it are clearly visible at the bottom of the screen (at around 14 mins). The holes in which other pyrotechnics charges are buried are visible before they explode. 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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Crazy Credits

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

Alternate Versions

CBS edited 14 minutes from this film for its 1975 network television premiere. See more »


Referenced in Traceroute (2016) See more »

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Why does everyone hate this film?
5 March 2000 | by simon-118See all my reviews

I've never known anyone say a good thing about this movie! To me it would have been far better if they had never made any sequels, the original movie was on a far higher level than the sequels ever aspired to. It was a ci9nematic masterpiece which I can't praise highly enough. I hated Beneath...it was hammy, boring and dull, with some badly judged humour and really could have been made without any actors in ape make-up, just a standard adventure. Escape had its moments, veering from cringe inducing slapstick to dark moments of intelligence, and Conquest is certainly depressing but badly misguided. Then came Battle. To be honest it looks like a tv movie, has no cinematic scale or visual ambition. What it does possess is compassion, which the other films lack. It tries to end the series in diminuendo, and for me works. The insight into the middle stage between human and ape is fascinating, and the gorillas have the menace again they lacked totally in Beneath. The most fascinating aspect is the "ape has killed ape" subplot, which is a great piece of moral soul-searching, big budget or not. Lord Of The Flies seems to have invaded the concept somewhere and the movie is pensive and reflective, and the ending is gorgeous. The allegorical tone of the first film is returned, albeit very heavy handed, but the chimp/ gorilla conflict and the school/ war games mixtures made for me a very sensible way of closing the book at long last. It's the only sequel I would dash home to watch of them all. "I guess you might say they just joined the human race."

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15 June 1973 (USA) See more »

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Box Office


$1,800,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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