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Planet of the Apes (1968)

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An astronaut crew crash-lands on a planet in the distant future where intelligent talking apes are the dominant species, and humans are the oppressed and enslaved.


  • Charlton Heston
  • Roddy McDowall
  • Kim Hunter
  • Maurice Evans
  • James Whitmore
  • James Daly
  • Linda Harrison
  • Robert Gunner
  • Lou Wagner
  • Woodrow Parfrey

Did You Know?


  • Shortly after the astronauts have crash-landed, Taylor is asked where he thinks they are; having no idea, he sarcastically responds, "We're some 320 light years from Earth on an unnamed planet in orbit around a star in the constellation of Orion." In the original novel the story takes place on a planet in orbit around the star Betelgeuse, which is in the constellation of Orion.
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  • (at around 1h 35 mins) The strap on Taylor's rifle while pointing it at Dr. Zaius while outside the cave in the Forbidden Zone.
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    • Julius: You know the saying, "Human see, human do."
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Planet of the Apes became a blockbuster because it’s cannily crafted, in part, as a ripping adventure yarn, director Franklin Schaffner staging a long desert trek for survival by Taylor and his two surviving shipmates in the opening half-hour, a brilliant “hunt” sequence with gorillas pursuing the human brutes as targets and trophies (memorably enhanced by Jerry Goldsmith’s dissonant, percussive score), and a lengthy chase sequence where the escaped spaceman leaps and dodges past hairy denizens of church, museum, and marketplace.

Metacritic review by Bill Weber
Bill Weber
Slant Magazine

Planet of the Apes is much better than I expected it to be. It is quickly paced, completely entertaining, and its philosophical pretensions don't get in the way. If you only condescend to see an adventure thriller on rare occasions, condescend this time. You have nothing to lower but your brow.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times