Conquest of the Planet of the Apes

Conquest of the Planet of the Apes

J Lee Thompson (1972)

15 Certificate


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The fourth film in the sci-fi saga illustrates how the ape revolt happened in the first place. Caesar, played by series regular Roddy McDowall, gains the power of speech, forms enslaved fellow simians into guerrilla groups and leads them against the evil human race who have adopted them as household pets. Gritty direction from J Lee Thompson and plenty of fun philosophising, complete with intriguing moral lessons and neat ape/man role reversals (take a bow, Paul Dehn, for an uncommonly fine script), make this episode a compelling outing into futuristic monkey business.


In the near future, humanoid apes are used as slave labour by brutal humans. An intelligent chimpanzee, the son of two apes from a further distance in time, conceals his ability to speak and lives under the protection of a kindly circus master. But when he is exposed, he leads his fellow simians in a violent uprising. Sci-fi drama, presenting an origin story for the original movie, starring Roddy McDowall and Ricardo Montalban.

Cast & Crew

Caesar Roddy McDowall
Armando Ricardo Montalban
Governor Breck Don Murray
Lisa Natalie Trundy
Aide MacDonald Hari Rhodes
Chief Inspector Kolp Severn Darden
Mrs Riley Asa Maynor
Inspector Hoskyns HM Wynant
Director J Lee Thompson
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Other Information

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