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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


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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  »

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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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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Female chimpanzees weren't going to have eyebrows but they were added after the first results were deemed too unsettling. 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

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Referenced in Home Bound (2014) See more »


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

As shallow as the water he crashlands in.
21 August 2001 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

After seeing Tim Burton's excellent Sleepy Hollow, and superlative Ed Wood, I was expecting much more of a character driven movie, with the characterization and spiritual philosopies that elevated the original movie out of the pure science fiction genre and into a cerebral adventure film with acutely observed social comments.

Unfortunately, the film suffers from poor script and direction right from the minute the astronaut crashlands.

They knew from the outset that they would never produce an ending to rival the original, and any cinema-goer in their right minds would never expect one. But they could have at least got the beginning right. Neither Mark Wahlberg's character nor the tension is ever developed, so when he is confronted by the apes: we feel nothing.

The humans, though they have the benefit of increased intelligence and speech, are poorly utilized. And Kris Kristofferson is criminally wasted.

The make-up and effects are, as you would expect, fantastic. However, despite improved flexibility in the make-up, there is little warmth in either the performances or direction that made millions of kids go ape-nuts in the seventies. Bonham-Carter's Ari, whilst convincing, is not a patch on Kim Hunter's Zira. Roth's quite brilliant performance as Thade virtually carries this film and makes it the one reason to stick with it to the end.

Did I say end? Well, the less said about that the better.

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