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Planet of the Apes (2001)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi | 27 July 2001 (USA)
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In 2029, an Air Force astronaut crash-lands on a mysterious planet where evolved, talking apes dominate a race of primitive humans.


Tim Burton


Pierre Boulle (novel), William Broyles Jr. (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 11 wins & 27 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Wahlberg ... Captain Leo Davidson
Tim Roth ... Thade
Helena Bonham Carter ... Ari
Michael Clarke Duncan ... Attar
Paul Giamatti ... Limbo
Estella Warren ... Daena
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa ... Krull
David Warner ... Senator Sandar
Kris Kristofferson ... Karubi
Erick Avari ... Tival
Lucas Elliot Eberl ... Birn (as Luke Eberl)
Evan Parke ... Gunnar (as Evan Dexter Parke)
Glenn Shadix ... Senator Nado
Freda Foh Shen ... Bon
Chris Ellis ... Commander Karl Vasich
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It is the year 2029: Astronaut Leo Davidson boards a pod cruiser on a Space Station on a rescue and recovery mission. But an abrupt detour through a space time wormhole lands him on a strange planet where talking apes rule over the human race. With the help of a sympathetic chimpanzee activist named Ari and a small band of human rebels, Leo leads the effort to evade the advancing Gorilla Army led by General Thade and his most trusted warrior Attar. Now the race is on to reach a sacred temple within the planet's Forbidden Zone to discover the shocking secrets of mankind's past - and the key to its future. Written by Tim1370

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Rated PG-13 for some sequences of action/violence | See all certifications »

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(at around 1h 40 mins) After the chimp gets into his cage, we see an ape with his makeup incomplete. See more »


[first lines]
Captain Leo Davidson: [to Pericles, who is panicking during a simulated space mission] You lost.
Captain Leo Davidson: [stops the simulation] Again.
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Crazy Credits

Anne Ramsay's character Grace Alexander is referred to as "Anderson" in the credits. See more »

Alternate Versions

The R1 DVD includes TV spots with dialogue not heard in the movie: when Thade is seen for the first time,he asks "Why have you come here?", Thade saying "We underestimate the spaceman", and Leo saying "Complete system failure,going down!" See more »


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Rule The Planet Remix
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Tim Burton's rendition about known story of an astronaut crashes on a far planet and finds a simian civilization
30 July 2013 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Inferior remake from first and best of the primates series ; despite time passed the original energy remains and resulted to be an agreeable fantasy ; however this re-imagination of the tale looks more to the original novel by Pierre Boulle , titled ¨Monkey planet¨, that it does to 1968 Franklyn J. Schaffner rendition . It deals with an Air Force astronaut , Captain Leo Davison ( Mark Wahlberg) crashes lands on a mysterious planet where evolved, talking apes dominant a race of primitive humans . As he encounters a culture where the simians rule over humans . Later on , he discovers humanity has gone awry and now is slave and reduced to beasts . Man is treated as animal of burden and regarded as scum . He escapes , being accompanied by a gorgeous native (Estella Warren) and with the help of a sympathetic chimpanzee activist named Ari (Helna Boham Carter) and a small band of human rebels (Eric Avari , Kris Kristofferson) . Leo leads the effort to evade the advancing Simian Army led by brutal General Thade (Tim Roth) and his most brave commandant Attar (Michael Clarke Duncan) . Now humans and simians are on to reach a dark secret within the Forbidden Zone .

This is a retelling from classic and energetic science-fiction movie with metaphysical significance and reflexion about origin of human being, though also packs action, adventures , intrigue , satisfying brisk pace and entertainment . This known story provides full of sour and intelligent references to first adaptation but doesn't have its sense of political commentary , neither sociological implications . The picture delivers enough energy and results to be a passable flick full of action , battles and suspense ; however it is light-years ahead of original . Mark Wahlberg as an action man takes the Charlton Heston character but without his charisma , neither impressive screen presence . Tim Roth stands out as a furious militarist with loathing for all human beings . Helena Bonham Carter excels as a clever as well as sensitive simian . Remaining cast formed by enjoyable players playing as Gorilla , Chimpanzees , Orangutans and other apes are nice . Superb makeup courtesy of Rick Baker creates realistic pseudo-simians of Paul Giamatti , Michael Clarke Duncan , David Warner , Chris Ellis , Lisa Marie , Cary Hiroyuki Tagawa, and even Charlton Heston who appears as an old primate , a feeling homage to classic flick in which gave one of his more plausible acting . One of the important attributes of this work, is the magnificent and colorful cinematography by Philippe Rousselot . Epic as well as emotive musical score by Danny Elffman , it's full of fury and sound .

The motion picture was professionally directed by Tim Burton , using a great visual sense but with no originality . Other adaptations based on the characters created by Pierre Boulle are the followings : The original and the best is ¨Planet of Apes¨ by Franklyn J Schaffner with Charlton Heston , Roddy MacDowall, Kim Hunter , "Beneath the Planet of the Apes" (1970) by Ted Post with James Franciscus , Linda Harrison , Maurice Evans ; it's followed by three inferior sequels that get worse and a TV series , such as 'Escape of planet of apes'(71, Don Taylor), 'Conquest of planet of apes'(72, J. Lee Thompson), 'Battle for the planet of apes' (73, J.Lee Thompson) . And recently , ¨Rise of the Planet of the Apes¨ (2011) by Rupert Wyatt with James Franco , John Lightow , Freida Pinto , Andy Serkis and preparing ¨Dawn of the Planet of Apes¨ (2013-2014) by Matt Reeves with Judy Greer , Gary Oldman , Keri Russell and Jason Clarke .

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Release Date:

27 July 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Return of the Apes See more »

Filming Locations:

Lake Powell, Arizona, USA See more »


Box Office


$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$68,532,960, 29 July 2001

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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby | SDDS (uncredited)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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