Battle for the Planet of the Apes

Battle for the Planet of the Apes

J Lee Thompson (1973)

A Certificate


Our Score
It's good apes versus guerrilla gorillas in the fifth, final and least effective entry in the sci-fi fantasy series. Roddy McDowall heads the cast, as our heroes attempt to restore racial harmony to Earth and make humans social equals. Spotting who's who under the hairy masks will while away the time as this threadbare monkey business wends its time-warp way back to the beginning of the original Planet of the Apes. Endless action can't disguise the cheapness of the production or the lack of novelty and story values in a rather desperate effort to milk the idea one time too many. Fans of the film series and TV show will want to catch it, though.


A race of intelligent chimps vies with warlike gorillas and deadly mutant humans for control of a post-apocalyptic Earth. The fifth and final instalment in the sci-fi adventure series, starring Roddy McDowall, Claude Akins and Paul Williams, and featuring a cameo appearance by John Huston.

Cast & Crew

Caesar Roddy McDowall
Aldo Claude Akins
Lawgiver John Huston
Lisa Natalie Trundy
Kolp Severn Darden
Mandemus Lew Ayres
Virgil Paul Williams
MacDonald Austin Stoker
Teacher Noah Keen
Mutant captain Richard Eastham
Jake Michael Sterns
Jake's friend John Landis
Director J Lee Thompson
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Other Information

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