Planet of the Apes

Planet of the Apes

Franklin J Schaffner (1967)

PG Certificate


Our Score
Though this seminal sci-fi gem has spawned sequels, TV shows, comics, merchandise, a "re-imagining" from Tim Burton and a rebooted franchise in 2011, 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 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).


A spaceship crash-lands on a mysterious planet where humans are mute creatures who find themselves at the mercy of intelligent apes. The world's simian rulers are horrified when one of the crew reveals he can speak and plan to have him killed, but two chimpanzee scientists intervene, determined to learn from the new arrival. Sci-fi drama, starring Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter and Maurice Evans.

Cast & Crew

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
Director Franklin J Schaffner
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Violence, some swearing and brief nudity. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray