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


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!


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Release Date:

15 June 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Colonization of the Planet of the Apes See more »


Box Office


$1,800,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

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Technical Specs


| (extended)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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[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

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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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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