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Planet of the Apes (2001)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi  |  27 July 2001 (USA)
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An Air Force astronaut crash lands on a mysterious planet where evolved, talking apes dominate a race of primitive humans.



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Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The battle begins November 20th See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sequences of action/violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

27 July 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Return of the Apes  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$68,532,960 (USA) (27 July 2001)


$180,011,740 (USA) (25 January 2002)

Company Credits

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Sound Mix:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the space of 33 years since Planet of the Apes (1968), the budget multiplied almost twenty-fold. See more »


(at around 1h 35 mins) During the final battle, studio lights are reflected on Thade's helmet. See more »


[first lines]
Captain Leo Davidson: [to Pericles, who is panicking during a simulated space mission] You lost.
Captain Leo Davidson: [stops the simulation] Again.
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Crazy Credits

Anne Ramsay's character Grace Alexander is referred to as "Anderson" in the credits. See more »


Referenced in Jumpers for Goalposts: Episode #1.1 (2001) See more »


Deep Space Launch
Music composed by Danny Elfman
Conducted by Pete Anthony
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User Reviews

Poor imitation of the Original
31 July 2001 | by (Florida) – See all my reviews

Dark, even for Burton. None of the social commentary & bite of the original. He missed the point.

None of the dark humor of the original. No in-depth look into the ape society. Simpleton plot.

Really stretched to provide a twist in the end which had none of the shock value of the original. End made no sense whatever!

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