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Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972)

PG | | Action, Sci-Fi | 30 June 1972 (USA)
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In a futuristic world that has embraced ape slavery, Caesar, the son of the late simians Cornelius and Zira, surfaces after almost twenty years of hiding out from the authorities, and prepares for a slave revolt against humanity.

Director:

J. Lee Thompson

Writers:

Paul Dehn, Pierre Boulle (based upon characters created by)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Roddy McDowall ... Caesar
Don Murray ... Breck
Ricardo Montalban ... Armando
Natalie Trundy ... Lisa
Severn Darden ... Kolp
Hari Rhodes ... Malcolm MacDonald
Lou Wagner ... Busboy
John Randolph ... Commission Chairman
Asa Maynor ... Mrs. Riley
H.M. Wynant ... Hoskyns
David Chow David Chow ... Aldo
Buck Kartalian ... Frank - Gorilla
John Dennis ... Policeman
Paul Comi ... 2nd Policeman
Gordon Jump ... Auctioneer
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Cornelius and Zira's son Caesar leads apes to revolution in this installment of the apes saga. Dogs and cats have been wiped out by a plague and now apes are household pets that are treated like slaves. Caesar has the intelligence to fight this oppression. Written by Josh Pasnak <chainsaw@intouch.bc.ca>

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Trivia

Zelda, the female orangutan, is the only female ape in any Planet of the Apes movie or TV show who is not a chimpanzee. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 11 mins) When the apes rise up against the humans, shortly after an ape throws a flaming torch to start a fire, the camera pans back and for a brief moment you can see a metal tube mounted to the ground shooting gas to create the wall of fire. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Armando: [to Caesar, whom he has on a leash] Come! Come!
Guard: Do you have authorization to dress him like that?
Armando: [hands over papers] Oh, yes, Sir.
Guard: A circus ape, huh?
Armando: And the only one to ever have been trained in bareback riding in the entire history of the circus!
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Crazy Credits

The 20th Century-Fox logo does not appear on this film. See more »

Alternate Versions

The film was cut for violence in the final battle scene by the US distributor for a 'PG' rating. Similarly the BBFC (UK) cut the electrical torture of Caesar, and closeup scenes of violence from the killing of the guards and the climactic battle for an 'AA' cinema rating. Video releases were classified as '15' (now '12' for the DVD) and all prints feature the edited U.S version. See more »

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Talk about a nightmarish future!
12 December 2008 | by GOWBTWSee all my reviews

When the future looks bleak, it's very bleak! In "Conquest of the Planet of the Apes", it's like the 18th century only more primal. The slaves are not humans, but apes(Gorillas, chimpanzees and orangutans) not only they are made into slaves, they are also taken over society's workforce by a tyrannical governor. The last surviving talking Caesar(Roddy McDowell) would be the chose one to rise above tyranny. Unknown o most of the crew Caesar is the only chimp who speaks. The reason for this kind of treatment to the apes, they are pets! They replaced the dog and cat, because of a strange plague that claimed the regular domesticated animals. Another reason for such actions is when the circus owner (Ricardo Montalban) sees the horror of everything, and he sacrifices himself to avoid further interrogations. Since Caesar is the hope for all apes, they rise up and gain the upper hand on Man. It's like when the slaves revolt against their masters, the pet revolt against the master who abuse it. We all hate slavery, but when it's not humans owning one another, ti doesn't seem to matter. This scifi movie isn't all stereotypical, it's just have their way of showing the evils of slavery, that's all! 2.5 out of 5 stars!


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

30 June 1972 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,700,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$9,043,472

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,043,472
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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