Planet of the Apes

  • PG
  • Franklin J Schaffner (1967)
  • US
  • 107 min
Film Review
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5 out of 5

Though this seminal sci-fi gem has spawned sequels, TV shows, comics, all manner of merchandise and a "re-imagining" from Tim Burton in 2001, the original 1967 movie is still the yardstick by which the whole Apes saga should be judged. Charlton Heston stars as the leader of a team of astronauts who crashes on a desolate planet where the apes rule and human beings are the dumb animals. Heston is appropriately square-jawed as the rebellious human trying to make sense of this topsy-turvy world, and Roddy McDowall and Kim Hunter shine through the marvellous ape make-up from John Chambers, who received an honorary Oscar for his work. But what really elevates director Franklin J Schaffner's movie to classic status is the clever script from Twilight Zone creator Rod Serling and former blacklisted writer Michael Wilson. The combination of allegory, satire, humour and excitement underpins a brilliantly conceived adventure that is also blessed with stunning cinematography from veteran cameraman Leon Shamroy and an unnervingly haunting score from Jerry Goldsmith (The Omen).

Plot Summary

Science-fiction adventure starring Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall and Kim Hunter. Four American astronauts hurtle into the far reaches of space and time and crash-land in the wilderness of an unidentified planet. It is a place where evolution has taken a strange turn - apes are the dominant species and man is the beast.

Cast and crew

Cast

George Taylor
Charlton Heston
Cornelius
Roddy McDowall
Dr Zira
Kim Hunter
Dr Zaius
Maurice Evans
President of the assembly
James Whitmore
Honorious
James Daly
Nova
Linda Harrison
Landon
Robert Gunner
Lucius
Lou Wagner
Maximus
Woodrow Parfrey
Dodge
Jeff Burton
Julius
Buck Kartalian

Crew

Director
Franklin J Schaffner

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Guidance: 
Violence, some swearing and brief nudity.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Certificate PG
Categories
Drama

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