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Time of the Apes (1987)

Three flatulent, bumbling morons accidentally stumble into a cryogenic freezer and end up in the future, where monkeys populate the Earth.


Kiyosumi Fukazawa (as Kiyo Sumi Fukazawa), Atsuo Okunaka


Sakyo Komatsu (story), Kouji Tonaka (story) | 2 more credits »




Cast overview:
Reiko Tokunaga Reiko Tokunaga ... Catherine
Hiroko Saito Hiroko Saito ... Caroline
Masaaki Kaji Masaaki Kaji ... Johnny
Hitoshi Ômae Hitoshi Ômae ... Commander
Tetsuya Ushio Tetsuya Ushio ... Gôdo
Baku Hatakeyama Baku Hatakeyama ... Gebâ
Kazue Takita Kazue Takita ... Pepe
Noboru Nakaya Noboru Nakaya


Time of the Apes is a strung-together movie made from several episodes of a Japanese TV show. Big-hipped Catherine and her two charges, Johnny (who "doesn't care") and Caroline, are sent to some alternate time-line by being frozen in cryogenic tubes during an earthquake. They end up on a planet where apes rule humans but are ruled themselves by a supercomputer named "UECOM", which is a malevolent artificial being created by humans. Written by Jonah Falcon <jonahnynla@mindspring.com>

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Johnny's Mother: Johnny, don't go. It's too dangerous.
Johnny: I don't care.
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Fugitive Alien (1991) See more »

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Appallingly bad, but mildly entertaining
8 December 2002 | by CowmanSee all my reviews

TIME OF THE APES (known as "Sara no gundan" in its native Japan) is a shoddily-produced sci-fi/fantasy yarn apparently edited from an unaired television series. I would say that it's trying to cash in on the success of PLANET OF THE APES, except that it was made about twenty years too late.

The pretentiously overcomplicated storyline involves a woman and two children who accidentally freeze themselves in cryogenic chambers (that's right-- they *ACCIDENTALLY* freeze themselves!) and are transported to an unknown period of time where hostile apes rule. Several ludicrous, time-wasting subplots seem to pop up out of nowhere, mostly involving imprisonment, booby traps, and flying saucers. Trying to actually make sense of the onscreen bedlam is a useless and unrewarding task, so just sitting back and enjoying the silly costumes and awful dubbing is highly recommend.

Fortunately, TIME OF THE APES is extremely difficult to come across (only bootlegs and out-of-print VHS transfers exist in the US), but if you ever get the chance to see it featured on Mystery Science Theater 3000, you're in for a real treat. It has got to be one of the funniest episodes ever.

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1987 (USA) See more »

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3001 - Zeit der Affen See more »

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Tsuburaya Productions See more »
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