Planet of the Apes (1968)

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Planet of the Apes (1968)

Science Fiction | Adventure | Drama | Action
7.6 / 10
Release Date
07 February 1968
1 : 52 minutes
Spoken Language
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.

Cast Overview :

George Taylor
by: Charlton Heston
by: Roddy McDowall
by: Kim Hunter
Dr. Zaius
by: Maurice Evans
Dr. Honorious
by: James Daly
by: Linda Harrison
by: Robert Gunner
by: Lou Wagner
Dr. Maximus
by: Woodrow Parfrey
by: Jeff Burton
President of the Assembly
by: James Whitmore
by: Buck Kartalian
Hunt Leader
by: Norman Burton
Dr. Galen
by: Wright King
by: Paul Lambert
Gorilla (uncredited)
by: Army Archerd
Gorilla (uncredited)
by: Eldon Burke
Gorilla (uncredited)
by: William Graeff Jr.
Gorilla (uncredited)
by: Lars Hensen
Child Gorilla (uncredited)
by: Felix Silla
Ape (uncredited)
by: James Bacon
Child Ape (uncredited)
by: Billy Curtis
Child Ape (uncredited)
by: Frank Delfino
Child Ape (uncredited)
by: Buddy Douglas
Child Ape (uncredited)
by: Jerry Maren
Child Ape (uncredited)
by: Harry Monty
Chimpanzee (uncredited)
by: David Chow
Chimpanzee (uncredited)
by: Cass Martin
Chimpanzee (uncredited)
by: Smokey Roberds
Gorilla (uncredited)
by: Joe Tornatore
Astronaut Stewart
by: Dianne Stanley

Member Reviews :

*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.