Escape from the Planet of the Apes

Escape from the Planet of the Apes

Don Taylor (1971)

PG Certificate


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Roddy McDowall and Kim Hunter land in present-day California after surviving the catastrophe at the end of Beneath the Planet of the Apes in this third film in the series. It's very much a movie of two halves, the first being an amusing collection of observations on modern life, as seen through the eyes of the more advanced apes. The second half is much darker, with the arrogant and fearful humans being driven to unspeakable cruelty to protect their future. An intelligent script, unassuming direction and solid performances add up to a fine film.


Intelligent chimpanzees Cornelius and Zira escape the destruction of their planet by travelling back in time to 1970s America. Although initially treated as celebrities, the government comes to regard the pair as a threat to the human race when it transpires that Zira is pregnant. Sci-fi adventure sequel, starring Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, Sal Mineo and Ricardo Montalban.

Cast & Crew

Cornelius Roddy McDowall
Zira Kim Hunter
Dr Lewis Dixon Bradford Dillman
Dr Stephanie Branton Natalie Trundy
Dr Otto Hasslein Eric Braeden
The President William Windom
Milo Sal Mineo
E-1 Albert Salmi
E-2 Jason Evers
Chairman John Randolph
Director Don Taylor
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Other Information

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