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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 (based upon characters created by), Paul Dehn (story by) | 2 more credits »
2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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
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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

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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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Action | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

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Parents Guide:

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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

When the apes escape the ruined city, sand dunes can be seen on the horizon - a line can be seen running down the sand dune background, revealing it to be a matte painting. 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

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 »

Connections

Referenced in Animaniacs: Space Probed/Battle for the Planet (1993) See more »

User Reviews

Not a bad movie...
14 February 2001 | by dashro3See all my reviews

Definitely the weakest in the series...but alas...my favorite. The final human battle to take over what's left of the Earth is good. One major flaw in the actual battle is when the battle starts we see Aldo and his cavalry charge----then we don't see them again until the battle is over...throwing grenades in the bus. I had this film on Super 8 back in the seventies (the color 9 minute version) and it was a favorite of the neighborhood.


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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 June 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Battle for the Planet of the Apes See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,800,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$8,844,595

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,844,595
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (extended)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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