Beneath the Planet of the Apes

Beneath the Planet of the Apes

Ted Post (1969)

90min
A Certificate
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Review

Our Score
The first sequel to the enormously successful Planet of the Apes is also the best. Less subtle and profound than its predecessor, it's still an exciting and colourful action adventure. This time out, astronaut James Franciscus and chimpanzee scientist Kim Hunter search for Charlton Heston (star of the first film) in the nuclear-devastated future, evading militaristic apes only to stumble upon an underground community of mutant, telepathic humans. It ends somewhat hammily in the buried ruins of Grand Central Station, but the total destruction of the world didn't stop three more progressively silly sequels. In fact, the finale manages a startling impact considering the film's tendency to wallow in the camper aspects of its taut material.

Summary

A second astronaut arrives on the strange simian-dominated world searching for his predecessor. As he journeys into the infamous forbidden zone, he discovers an underground cult of psychic mutants. Meanwhile, a military coup has taken place among the ape society, leading to an inevitable battle. Sci-fi sequel, with James Franciscus, Charlton Heston and Kim Hunter.

Cast & Crew

Brent James Franciscus
Taylor Charlton Heston
Dr Zira Kim Hunter
Dr Zaius Maurice Evans
Nova Linda Harrison
Mendez Paul Richards (1)
Fat man Victor Buono
Ursus James Gregory
Caspay Jeff Corey
Albina Natalie Trundy
Minister Thomas Gomez
Cornelius David Watson
Negro Don Pedro Colley
Skipper Tod Andrews
Lucius Lou Wagner
Narrator Roddy McDowall
Director Ted Post
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century Fox Film Co. LtdGuidance: Violence. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
Drama