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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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It is the year 2029: Astronaut Leo Davidson boards a pod cruiser on a Space Station for a "routine" reconnaissance mission. But an abrupt detour through a space time wormhole lands him on a strange planet where talking apes rule over the human race. With the help of a sympathetic chimpanzee activist named Ari and a small band of human rebels, Leo leads the effort to evade the advancing Gorilla Army led by General Thade and his most trusted warrior Attar. Now the race is on to reach a sacred temple within the planet's Forbidden Zone to discover the shocking secrets of mankind's past - and the key to its future. Written by Tim1370

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

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27 July 2001 (USA)  »

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Return of the Apes  »

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$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,753,679 (Italy) (14 September 2001)

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$180,011,740 (USA) (25 January 2002)
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Director Tim Burton has been quoted as saying that he has a fear of monkeys. He changed the character of Thade from a White Gorilla to a Chimpanzee for this reason. See more »

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How did the other villages hear about Leo? He was hardly noticed by anyone but the group he was with, and a few apes. The apes wouldn't spread word that a human was defying them, so how did word of his presence spread?? See more »

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Captain Leo Davidson: Shut up! That goes for all species.
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References Twelve Monkeys (1995) See more »

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Music composed by Danny Elfman
Conducted by Pete Anthony;
Planet of the Apes heavy brass section:
Bass Trombones; Phillip A. Teele, Bill Reichenbach, Bob Sanders, Steve Holtman, Alex Iles, Bob Payne;
Trombones; Charlie Loper, Richard Nash, Alan Kaplan, Andy Martin, Bruce Fowler, Bruce Ott;
Contrabass Trombones; John Van Houten and Tommy Johnson.
Emerson Swinford (guitar). Danny Elfman (synthesizer and Indian drums).
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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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