Beneath the Planet of the Apes

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Sometime after the events of the first Planet of the Apes, the climax of which is repeated frame for frame at the beginning of this first sequel, another set of astronauts arrives on the far-future Earth that is the titular planet. For Beneath the Planet of the Apes, it is James Franciscus's turn to survives the crash landing and learn that evolved simians have taken over the world, post-apocalypse. As the rugged Brent, he hooks up with Linda Harrison as Nova, the mute, fur bikini-clad beauty who spent the first ...
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Sometime after the events of the first Planet of the Apes, the climax of which is repeated frame for frame at the beginning of this first sequel, another set of astronauts arrives on the far-future Earth that is the titular planet. For Beneath the Planet of the Apes, it is James Franciscus's turn to survives the crash landing and learn that evolved simians have taken over the world, post-apocalypse. As the rugged Brent, he hooks up with Linda Harrison as Nova, the mute, fur bikini-clad beauty who spent the first film being squired by astronaut Taylor Charlton Heston. Brent also confers with Zira Kim Hunter and Cornelius David Watson, giving Roddy McDowall his only break during the five-film series, the ape scientists whose adherence to scientific principles makes them friendly to the possibility of intelligent human life. Something of a military coup has taken place among the apes, who dispatch an army to the desolate "Forbidden Zone" where Taylor has coincidentally disappeared. With the apes and the humans both rooting about in the ruins of 20th century civilization, it's only a matter of time before they all find out what happened to the other survivors of the nuclear holocaust.
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Special Features

Isolated score track; From Alpha to Omega: Building a Sequel featurette; Original theatrical trailer; The Ape News gallery; Interactive pressbook; Advertising gallery; Lobby card gallery; Behind-the-scenes gallery
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
The original The Planet of the Apes laced its stock science fiction tropes with campy humor, gripping action, and then-impressive special effects. The first sequel, Beneath the Planet of the Apes, offers more of the same, but it also attempts to foreground its social agenda, resulting in a film that, like many sci-fi classics, says more about the Cold War than about the far future. The indelible finale of the original movie encapsulated 25 years worth of nuclear anxiety into a single image; the sequel spends much of its 90 minutes elaborating that point. This is a popcorn flick, but it's also a message movie, one whose moral tone is more akin to the creature features of the 1950s than to that of Stanley Kubrick's stylized futures. Nevertheless, the script is rife with contemporary references, right down to the scenes of antiwar protesters staging a simian sit-in. Feminism had not yet gone mainstream, though, so the gender roles of even the heroes, both ape and human, are remarkably dated. So are the special effects, which expand on the makeup-based imagery of the first film with lots of sound stage set pieces. Evidently believing that the novelty of their premise had been exhausted by the end of the first installment, the filmmakers turned the focus away from the ape characters and toward a host of new perils plucked straight from an episode of the original Star Trek: pontificating mutants, psychic overlords, and sinister illusions. Charlton Heston, star of the first film, allowed himself to be relegated to a climactic cameo, leaving Linda Harrison and newcomer James Franciscus to run through the paces. Beneath the Planet of the Apes aimed to turn a gimmicky hit into a sustainable franchise, and with Saturday-matinee ham-fistedness, it valiantly succeeded.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/4/2008
  • UPC: 024543559603
  • Original Release: 1970
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  • Source: 20th Century Fox
  • Time: 1:35:00
  • Format: Blu-ray

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Franciscus Brent
Kim Hunter Zira
Maurice Evans Dr. Zaius
Linda Harrison Nova
Paul Richards Mendez
Charlton Heston Taylor
Victor Buono Fat Man
James Gregory Ursus
Jeff Corey Caspay
Natalie Trundy Albina
Thomas Gomez Minister
David Watson Cornelius
Don Pedro Colley Negro
Tod Andrews Skipper
Gregory Sierra Verger
Lou Wagner Lucius
Technical Credits
Ted Post Director
Mort Abrahams Associate Producer, Original Story, Screenwriter
Stephen Bass Sound/Sound Designer
Paul Behn Screenwriter
John Chambers Makeup
William J. Creber Art Director
Paul Dehn Original Story, Screenwriter
David Dockendorf Sound/Sound Designer
Gary Epper Stunts
Tony Epper Stunts
Alan R. Gibbs Stunts
Mickey Gilbert Stunts
Morton Haack Costumes/Costume Designer
Arthur P. Jacobs Producer
Loren Janes Stunts
Hubie Kerns Jr. Stunts
Milton Krasner Cinematographer
Terry J. Leonard Stunts
Gary McLarty Stunts
Leonard Rosenman Score Composer
Marion Rothman Editor
Walter Scott Set Decoration/Design
Fred R. Simpson Asst. Director
Jack Martin Smith Art Director
Sven Wickman Set Decoration/Design
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