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“ As you will see, the entire Planet of the Apes series belongs on this list, but the time travel element is central to the plot mainly in the first three films. This 1968
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“French, or Belgian from the French?”
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“Get Your hands off me you damned filthy ape!”
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“As my uncle was one of the ape soldiers in this flick I am partial to it. The twist ending was a shock when the film was first aired in 1968. The scene with see no evil, hear no
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“Saw this movie when it came out in the theater. Just remember talking about the shock ending for about a week. I guess it seems like nothing today but back then it was big news!”
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Many early science fiction films are now, quite inadvertently (and in most cases undeservedly), objects of camp attention: we laugh at the silly makeup, tin-can special effects, and the naive "high-tech" dialogue.Planet of the Apes is no such film. Its intelligent script, frightening costuming, and savagely effective conclusion (which needs no big-budget special effects to augment its impact) remain both potent and relevant. When Colonel George Taylor (the fabulous Charlton Heston) crash lands his spacecraft on what seems to be an unfamiliar planet, he is captured and held prisoner by a dominant race of hyperrational, articulate apes. However, the ape community is riven with internal dissention, centered in no small part on its policy toward humans, who, on this planet, are treated as mindless animals. Befriended and ultimately assisted by the more liberal simians, Taylor escapes--only to find a more terrifying obstacle confronting his return home. Heavy-handed object lessons abound--the ubiquity of generational warfare, the inflexibility of dogma, the cruelty of prejudice--and the didactic fingerprints of Rod Serling are very much in evidence here. But director Franklin Schaffner has a dark, pop-apocalyptic sci-fi vision all his own, and time has not dulled the monumental emotional impact of the film's climactic payoff shot. If you don't know what I'm talking about here, you owe it to yourself to check out this stone classic, and even if you do, see it ...
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Genre: Adventure, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Release Date: 3 April 1968 (USA)
MPAA Rating: G
Screen Writer: Rod Serling, Pierre Boulle
DVD Release Date: August 21, 2001
Runtime: 112 min
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
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