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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.

Director:

Tim Burton

Writers:

Pierre Boulle (novel), William Broyles Jr. (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 10 wins & 27 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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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Storyline

It is the year 2029: Astronaut Leo Davidson boards a pod cruiser on a Space Station for a "routine" reconnaissance 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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Taglines:

On July 27th, take back the planet. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 July 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Return of the Apes See more »

Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Budget:

$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$68,532,960, 29 July 2001, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$180,011,740, 27 January 2002

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$362,211,740
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DTS | Dolby | SDDS (uncredited)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Different versions of this film were in development since 1988. Directors involved in pre-production over the years included: Alan Rifkin, Sam Raimi, Phillip Noyce, Chuck Russell, Chris Columbus, Roland Emmerich, Michael Bay, Peter Jackson, and Albert Hughes and Allen Hughes. In 1993, Oliver Stone, who was initially considered to direct the film, had signed on as executive producer, and wanted Terry Hayes to re-write his script and Arnold Schwarzenegger in the lead role. James Cameron had signed on to executively produce and write the film, but dropped out in 1997 after the success of Titanic (1997). See more »

Goofs

(at around 45 mins) When Leo and co. come out of the lost city there's a shot from some distance, back at the ship. Look to the far right and you will see a road with clear tire tracks on it. See more »

Quotes

[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 final kissing scene between Mark Wahlberg and Helena Bonham Carter was edited out in the theatrical run when the movie was first released in India. See more »


Soundtracks

Rule The Planet Remix
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Additional Production by: Paul Oakenfold and Povi
Additional Guitars: Emerson Swinford
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Nothing like the original, but just as impressive
31 July 2001 | by nc_bizkit_17See all my reviews

I remember the first time I watched the classic series for the first time, not too long ago. My initial impression: Shock. I had never before witnessed such a captivated tale. The series kept getting better with each movie. Not long after I found out that Tim Burton was to remake "The Planet of the Apes" and I asked myself, "Why bother?" The original series have hardly aged a bit and are still vastly entertaining to watch. Even though the original is over 30 years old, it doesn't feel like it at all. I felt there was no need for a remake. I saw the new film on opening day, and I have to say I was disappointed. The movie wasn't as shocking as the original. It wasn't as captivating. It wasn't anything like the original. The only thing that seemed to save it was the truly shocking twist ending. It really made me think for a while, but, eventually, I gave up. It didn't make sense to me at all. Then, I decided to throw all my initial thoughts of the film away and decided to go see it again for a second opinion, and, this time, I was blown away. Rarely do I see a film and loathe it only to go see it again and absolutley love it. I didn't compare it to the original as I did the first time, and I think that's the reason I completely hated it the first time around. Tim Burton really did an amazing job creating a whole new world of apes where humans are slaves. The cinematography, the set designs, and just about every technical aspect of the film is a marvel, especially the make up and costume designs. Danny Elfman's score is one of his best, and at times, very frightening. The acting is also top notch, from Wahlberg's subtle but heroic portrayal of Leo, to Roth who is absolutely stunning as General Thade. This has got to be the most impressive movie of the summer, if not the year, easily on par with "Hannibal". Just don't go see it and compare it with the original. My grade: A-


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