Planet of the Apes


Planet of the Apes

Overview:

An U.S. Spaceship lands on a desolate planet, stranding astronaut Taylor in a world dominated by apes, 2000 years into the future, who use a primitive race of humans for experimentation and sport. Soon Taylor finds himself among the hunted, his life in the hands of a benevolent chimpanzee scientist.

Votes 924 (7.5/10)

Runtime: 112 minutes

Release Date 1968-02-07

Budget: $5,800,000.00

Revenue: $33,395,426.00

Website: Link

Tagline: Somewhere in the Universe, there must be something better than man!

Production company:

  • Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
  • APJAC Productions

Production country:

  • United States of America

Genres:

  • Science Fiction
  • Adventure
  • Drama
  • Action

Trailer

Further Information

George Taylor
Charlton Heston
Charlton Heston
Cornelius
Roddy McDowall
Roddy McDowall
Zira
Kim Hunter
Kim Hunter
Dr. Zaius
Maurice Evans
Maurice Evans
Dr. Honorious
James Daly
James Daly
Nova
Linda Harrison
Linda Harrison
Landon
Robert Gunner
Robert Gunner
Lucius
Lou Wagner
Lou Wagner
Dr. Maximus
Woodrow Parfrey
Woodrow Parfrey
Dodge
Jeff Burton
Jeff Burton
President of the Assembly
James Whitmore
James Whitmore
Julius
Buck Kartalian
Buck Kartalian
Hunt Leader
Normann Burton
Normann Burton
Dr. Galen
Wright King
Wright King
Minister
Paul Lambert
Paul Lambert
Gorilla (uncredited)
Army Archerd
Army Archerd
Gorilla (uncredited)
Eldon Burke
Eldon Burke
Gorilla (uncredited)
William Graeff Jr.
William Graeff Jr.
Gorilla (uncredited)
Lars Hensen
Lars Hensen
Child Gorilla (uncredited)
Felix Silla
Felix Silla
Ape (uncredited)
James Bacon
James Bacon
Child Ape (uncredited)
Billy Curtis
Billy Curtis
Child Ape (uncredited)
Frank Delfino
Frank Delfino
Child Ape (uncredited)
Buddy Douglas
Buddy Douglas
Child Ape (uncredited)
Jerry Maren
Jerry Maren
Child Ape (uncredited)
Harry Monty
Harry Monty
Chimpanzee (uncredited)
David Chow
David Chow
Chimpanzee (uncredited)
Cass Martin
Cass Martin
Chimpanzee (uncredited)
Smokey Roberds
Smokey Roberds
Gorilla (uncredited)
Joe Tornatore
Joe Tornatore
Astronaut Stewart
Dianne Stanley
Dianne Stanley
Director
Franklin J. Schaffner
Franklin J. Schaffner
Author
Michael Wilson
Michael Wilson
Author
Rod Serling
Rod Serling
Producer
Arthur P. Jacobs
Arthur P. Jacobs
Original Music Composer
Jerry Goldsmith
Jerry Goldsmith
Director of Photography
Leon Shamroy
Leon Shamroy
Editor
Hugh S. Fowler
Hugh S. Fowler
Casting
Joe Scully
Joe Scully
Novel
Pierre Boulle
Pierre Boulle
Art Direction
William J. Creber
William J. Creber
Art Direction
Jack Martin Smith
Jack Martin Smith
Set Decoration
Norman Rockett
Norman Rockett
Set Decoration
Walter M. Scott
Walter M. Scott
Costume Design
Morton Haack
Morton Haack
Makeup Artist
Ben Nye
Ben Nye
Assistant Director
William Kissell
William Kissell
Special Effects
Johnny Borgese
Johnny Borgese
Stunt Coordinator
Joe Canutt
Joe Canutt
Stunts
Lightning Bear
Lightning Bear
Camera Operator
Irving Rosenberg
Irving Rosenberg
Sound
David Dockendorf
David Dockendorf
Unit Production Manager
William Eckhardt
William Eckhardt
Visual Effects
L.B. Abbott
L.B. Abbott
Visual Effects
Art Cruickshank
Art Cruickshank
Associate Producer
Mort Abrahams
Mort Abrahams
Hairstylist
Eve Newing
Eve Newing
Assistant Director
Robert Doudell
Robert Doudell
Sound
Herman Lewis
Herman Lewis
Visual Effects
Emil Kosa Jr.
Emil Kosa Jr.
Assistant Costume Designer
Robert Fuca
Robert Fuca
Driver
Steve Bonner
Steve Bonner
Driver
Chris Haynes
Chris Haynes
Script Supervisor
Rose Steinberg
Rose Steinberg
Stunts
Frank Orsatti
Frank Orsatti
Stunts
Kim Kahana
Kim Kahana
Hair Department Head
Margaret Donovan
Margaret Donovan
Other
'Chema' Hernandez
'Chema' Hernandez
Stunts
Tap Canutt
Tap Canutt

Jetfire59

*SPOILERS BELOW* I frst saw this film on its first run on CBS. I was in junior high and a hard core sci-fi fan. I was hooked from the first scene. Written by the late great Rod Serling based on the novel by Pierre Boulle, the story is very engaging. After we are introduced to an ANSA Mission Commander named Colonel Taylor, we are treated to a roller-coaster type sequence as we see the re-entry and crash of Taylor's ship subjectively; as if we were aboard her. The abandon ship scenes are still impressive even by today's standards. It's very easy to believe we are seeing a real spacecraft crashed in the water. The next sequence basically establishes Taylor's personality. To be blunt, he is an arrogant jerk. He mentions hoping to find something better than Man. In a literal casr of "Be careful what you wish for", he spends the rest of the film trying to prove the opposite. After he and his two crew members encounter a tribe of wild, mute humans, the sci-fi element takes on a horror flavor as a terrifying horn sounds. We are then introduced to the higher lifeforms of the planet which happen to be apes. The hunting sequences are both exciting and disturbing. As we are familiarized with the film's antagonists, we get a bit of comedy relief as we hear Julius, the zoo-keeper say "Human see, human do" The simian characters are all wonderfully written and acted. I had heard many times about the ending, but actually seeing Miss Liberty half buried and weathered like that was still a shock. CBS edited Heston's agonized reaction to merely "DAMN YOU!!". I didn't hear the uncut version until I rented it on VHS about 2 decades later when I got my first VCR. The new Apes films are well made but I will always prefer this one. I highly recommend it if you haven't seen it.

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