Planet of the Apes (1968) (2024)

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1968

Directed by Franklin J. Schaffner

Synopsis

Somewhere in the Universe, there must be something better than man!

An U.S. Spaceship lands on a desolate planet, stranding astronaut Taylor in a world dominated by apes, 2000 years into the future, who use a primitive race of humans for experimentation and sport. Soon Taylor finds himself among the hunted, his life in the hands of a benevolent chimpanzee scientist.

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Cast

Charlton Heston Roddy McDowall Kim Hunter Maurice Evans James Whitmore James Daly Linda Harrison Robert Gunner Lou Wagner Woodrow Parfrey Jeff Burton Buck Kartalian Norman Burton Wright King Paul Lambert Martin Abrahams Army Archerd James Bacon Erlynn Mary Botelho Priscilla Boyd Eldon Burke David Chow Billy Curtis Frank Delfino Buddy Douglas Chuck Fisher William Graeff Jr. Lars Hensen Irvin 'Zabo' Koszewski Show All…

DirectorDirector

Franklin J. Schaffner

ProducersProducers

Arthur P. Jacobs Mort Abrahams

WritersWriters

Michael Wilson Rod Serling

Original WriterOriginal Writer

Pierre Boulle

CastingCasting

Joe Scully

EditorEditor

Hugh S. Fowler

CinematographyCinematography

Leon Shamroy

Assistant DirectorsAsst. Directors

William Kissell Robert Doudell

LightingLighting

Fred Hall

Camera OperatorCamera Operator

Irving Rosenberg

Art DirectionArt Direction

Jack Martin Smith William J. Creber

Set DecorationSet Decoration

Walter M. Scott Norman Rockett

Special EffectsSpecial Effects

Johnny Borgese Vernon Archer Bill Clove Marlin Jones

Visual EffectsVisual Effects

Art Cruickshank L.B. Abbott Emil Kosa Jr.

StuntsStunts

Joe Canutt Lightning Bear Frank Orsatti Kim Kahana Tap Canutt Terry Leonard Eddie Hice Kent Hays Nick Dimitri George P. Wilbur Ted White Jack Tyree Alex Sharp Ernest Robinson Glenn Randall Jr. Robert Renegade Renneke Roy N. Sickner Dave Rodgers John Quijada Lars Lundgren Regis Parton Loren Janes Whitey Hughes Gene LeBell Fritz Ford William Graeff Jr. Tony Epper Bennie E. Dobbins Louie Elias Eldon Burke

ComposerComposer

Jerry Goldsmith

SoundSound

David Dockendorf Herman Lewis

Costume DesignCostume Design

Morton Haack

MakeupMakeup

Ben Nye John Chambers Verne Langdon

HairstylingHairstyling

Eve Newing

Studios

APJAC Productions 20th Century Fox

Country

USA

Language

English

Alternative Titles

Planet of the Apes 1968, 浩劫余生, El planeta dels simis, 猿の惑星, Planet der Affen 1, El planeta de los simios, Meymunlar Cəhənnəmi, Planet der Affen, Планета мавп, La Planète des singes, O Homem Que Veio do Futuro, Il pianeta delle scimmie, Maymunlar Cehennemi, Планета обезьян, 人猿星球, Planeta Małp, Ap*rnas planet, A majmok bolygója, Planeta opic, Ο Πλανήτης των Πιθήκων, 혹성탈출, כוכב הקופים, Planeta maimuțelor, Abernes planet, O Planeta dos Macacos, Apinoiden planeetta, Планетата на маймуните, 浩劫餘生, Planéta opíc, Hành Tinh Khỉ, Apeplaneten, บุกพิภพมนุษย์วานร, Beždžionių Planeta

Genres

Adventure Drama Action Science Fiction

Themes

Monsters, aliens, sci-fi and the apocalypse Humanity and the world around us Imaginative space odysseys and alien encounters Action-packed space and alien sagas Thought-provoking sci-fi action and future technology Sci-fi monster and dinosaur adventures Dangerous technology and the apocalypse Show All…

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07 Feb 1968
  • Planet of the Apes (1968) (3)Brazil12
  • Planet of the Apes (1968) (4)USAG

05 Apr 1968
  • Planet of the Apes (1968) (6)FinlandK-16

10 Apr 1968
  • Planet of the Apes (1968) (7)ItalyT

13 Apr 1968
  • Planet of the Apes (1968) (8)Japan

19 Apr 1968
  • Planet of the Apes (1968) (9)UKPG

25 Apr 1968
  • Planet of the Apes (1968) (10)France12

02 May 1968
  • Planet of the Apes (1968) (11)Germany12

06 May 1968
  • Planet of the Apes (1968) (12)PortugalM/12
  • Planet of the Apes (1968) (13)Sweden15

09 May 1968
  • Planet of the Apes (1968) (14)Iran

10 May 1968
  • Planet of the Apes (1968) (15)IrelandG

23 May 1968
  • Planet of the Apes (1968) (16)Denmark11

14 Jun 1968
  • Planet of the Apes (1968) (17)SpainAPTA

20 Nov 1968
  • Planet of the Apes (1968) (18)Turkey

25 Sep 1969
  • Planet of the Apes (1968) (19)South Korea

01 Feb 1970
  • Planet of the Apes (1968) (20)Poland16

06 Aug 1981
  • Planet of the Apes (1968) (21)Hungary12

Digital

23 Feb 2021
  • Planet of the Apes (1968) (22)France12

Physical

15 Jun 2005
  • Planet of the Apes (1968) (23)Netherlands12

04 Nov 2008
  • Planet of the Apes (1968) (24)USAG

14 Jan 2009
  • Planet of the Apes (1968) (25)Sweden15

14 Dec 2011
  • Planet of the Apes (1968) (26)Netherlands12

TV

17 Nov 2004
  • Planet of the Apes (1968) (27)Netherlands12

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Planet of the Apes (1968) (28)Argentina
04 Apr 1968
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Planet of the Apes (1968) (29)Brazil
07 Feb 1968
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Planet of the Apes (1968) (30)Denmark
23 May 1968
  • Theatrical11
Planet of the Apes (1968) (31)Finland
05 Apr 1968
  • TheatricalK-16
25 Apr 1968
  • Theatrical12
23 Feb 2021
  • Digital12Disney+
Planet of the Apes (1968) (33)Germany
02 May 1968
  • Theatrical12
Planet of the Apes (1968) (34)Hungary
06 Aug 1981
  • Theatrical12
Planet of the Apes (1968) (35)Iran
09 May 1968
  • Theatrical
Planet of the Apes (1968) (36)Ireland
10 May 1968
  • TheatricalG
Planet of the Apes (1968) (37)Italy
10 Apr 1968
  • TheatricalT
Planet of the Apes (1968) (38)Japan
13 Apr 1968
  • Theatrical
Planet of the Apes (1968) (39)Netherlands
17 Nov 2004
  • TV12RTL5
15 Jun 2005
  • Physical12DVD
14 Dec 2011
  • Physical12Bluray
Planet of the Apes (1968) (40)Poland
01 Feb 1970
  • Theatrical16
Planet of the Apes (1968) (41)Portugal
06 May 1968
  • TheatricalM/12
Planet of the Apes (1968) (42)South Korea
25 Sep 1969
  • Theatrical
Planet of the Apes (1968) (43)Spain
14 Jun 1968
  • TheatricalAPTA
Planet of the Apes (1968) (44)Sweden
06 May 1968
  • Theatrical15
14 Jan 2009
  • Physical15Blu-ray
Planet of the Apes (1968) (45)Turkey
20 Nov 1968
  • Theatrical
Planet of the Apes (1968) (46)UK
19 Apr 1968
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Planet of the Apes (1968) (47)USA
07 Feb 1968
  • TheatricalG
04 Nov 2008
  • PhysicalGBlu-ray

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  • Review by trex888 ★★★★★ 15

    get your stinking toes of me you dumb dirty ape

  • Review by SilentDawn ★★★★½ 5

    83

    The initial sequel series and modern prequel trilogy could never even prepare the uninitiated viewer for how quiet this film is, and how careful it is at revealing its hand - constructing a series of loaded, aggressive images for the shock of the american public. That famous Gif of Heston's Taylor laughing maniacally is, in context, one of the strangest moments in science-fiction history, following an image of a small american flag being planted in the desolate earth, a quiet reminder of the commitment to the system and the disaster it can cause. The United States doesn't matter. Unless, of course, the cycle repeats.

  • Review by Kevin ★★★★ 13

    [Ape 1]
    Help! The human's about to escape.

    [Troy McClure]
    Get your paws off me, you dirty ape!

    [Ape 2]
    (gasp) He can talk!

    [Ape]
    He can talk! He can talk! He can talk!
    He can talk! He can talk! He can talk!

    [Troy]
    And I can siiiiiiiiiiing!

    [Ape Nurse]
    Oooh! Help me, Dr. Zaius!

    [Ape Chorus]
    Dr. Zaius! Dr. Zaius!
    Dr. Zaius! Dr. Zaius!
    Dr. Zaius! Dr. Zaius!
    O, Dr. Zaius!

    [Ape 1]
    Dr. Zaius! Dr. Zaius!


    [Troy]
    What's wrong with me?

    [Dr. Zaius]
    I think you're crazy.

    [Troy]
    Want a second opinion.

    [Dr. Zaius]
    You're also lazy

    [Ape Chorus]
    Dr. Zaius! Dr. Zaius!
    Dr. Zaius! Dr. Zaius!
    Dr. Zaius! Dr. Zaius!
    O, Dr. Zaius!

    [Orangutan 1]
    Dr. Zaius!…

  • Review by Simon ★★★ 12

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    howd they get the statue of liberty all the way onto tht other planet

  • Review by Karst ★★★★½ 1

    monkey mondays #7

  • Review by Patrick Willems ★★★½

    I like when the apes smooch

  • Review by Mr. DuLac ★★★★½ 16

    Take your stinking paws off me, you damned dirty ape!
    -George Taylor

    The most remarkable thing here is that a 1960s film about talking apes still holds up almost 45 years later. Some people might scoff that the makeup isn't THAT good, but it IS good enough that the movie has no problem sucking you in and you no longer think about the actor under the makeup, you only see the characters on the screen.

    What really makes this film work though is that it can be enjoyed on many different levels. You can turn your brain off and just enjoy it for it's campy fun obviously. You have humans treated like animals being hunted down by talking apes, what's…

  • Review by George Carmi ★★★★ 3

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    don’t look for it, Taylor. You may not like what you find.

    “that’s a great ending”

    **3 minutes later**

    “holy f*ck”

  • Review by CinemaJoe ★★★★ 12

    In my brain, I always knew this was good but not this good?

    Guess I’ll binge the franchise now.

  • Review by Matt Singer ★★★★ 1

    Not perfect, but great in all the ways that count. On this viewing I was particularly impressed by the courtroom scenes, which are some of the most interesting and revealing of ape society -- and critical of the human society they're meant to satirize -- and by Heston, whose Taylor is a deeply flawed hero, which is to say an enormously human one.

  • Review by Jamelle Bouie ★★★★½ 1

    PLANET OF THE APES is one of those movies whose popular representation is only tangentially related to the film itself. In popular memory, this is sci-fi farce, bordering on camp. In reality, PLANET OF THE APES is a nasty, cynical little movie, anchored by an almost nihilistic performance from Charlton Heston. It’s also beautiful, with wide desert vistas and bright blue skies. When the titular apes finally appear, about halfway through the film, it is as shocking for you, the audience, as it is for the characters.

    Smarter people than me have written extensively about the politics of this film, so I’ll end here by saying that the nihilism and cynicism of this film — the concluding vision of destruction wrought by man — feels as relevant today in the face of climate catastrophe as I’m sure it did 54 years ago in the face of nuclear apocalypse.

  • Review by Ian West ★★★★★ 7

    Hitting theaters the same day as 2001: A Space Odyssey and only a few months before Rosemary’s Baby and Night of the Living Dead;Planet of the Apes is another thought provoking and mentally clobbering bullet in the chamber of 1968’s pointed right at you .44 magnum.

    To be honest I don’t know what to say about this movie that hasn’t been said before… it’s alongtime favorite anddoes a remarkable job of linking that very specific Roddenberry/Serling style sci-fi of the 60’s with the more adventure elements the genre would latch on to by the end of the 70’s, but my favorite thing about a movie with such a LOUD ending is I always seem to forget how quietly it starts…

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