Escape from the Planet of the Apes

Escape from the Planet of the Apes

Director: Don Taylor

Cast: Don Taylor, Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter

     
 

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Escape From the Planet of the Apes is the third in the series of films based upon the Planet of the Apes characters created by novelist Pierre Boule. At the end of the second film, the centuries-in-the-future world colonized by simians was destroyed, but apes Cornelius (See more details below

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Escape From the Planet of the Apes is the third in the series of films based upon the Planet of the Apes characters created by novelist Pierre Boule. At the end of the second film, the centuries-in-the-future world colonized by simians was destroyed, but apes Cornelius (Roddy McDowell) and Zira (Kim Hunter) were able to escape in the space vessel left behind by 20th-century astronaut Charlton Heston. Cornelius and Zira pass through another time warp, finding themselves in the Earth of the 1970s. When they reveal their ability to speak, the apes are first treated as curiosities, then as threats when the government, believing the story that the Earth will eventually be inherited by monkeys, tries to prevent the birth of Zira's baby. Given shelter by sympathetic circus-owner Ricardo Montalban, Cornelius and Zira are nonetheless "neutralized" by the government's special forces--but not soon enough to prevent the birth of their highly intelligent chimpanzee baby. What happens to that infant is the subject of the fourth "Apes" entry, 1972's Conquest of the Planet of the Apes.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
The Planet of the Apes films were never exactly straight-faced, but the third installment surely remains the most at home with its own campiness. Pseudoscience and strained plotting abound, but the film almost never makes the mistake of taking itself too seriously. By reversing the premise of the first two movies and bringing the far-future ape characters to the present-day "planet of the humans," the filmmakers are able to indulge in classic fish-out-of-water gags and poke fun at celebrity culture while furthering their franchise and making good use of the comic chemistry between lead apes Kim Hunter and Roddy McDowall (returning to the role of Cornelius after sitting out the second installment). Ricardo Montalban fills the second of his three memorable sci-fi roles as Armando, a kindly circus owner who's miles away from his Fantasy Island and Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan characters, while Natalie Trundy proves game enough to poke fun at damsel-in-distress stereotypes as Dr. Stephanie Branton, the sweetest and surely the prettiest of the film's scientific supporting players. Memorable sequences include the spectacle of human actors in expensive ape makeup playing scenes with a guy in a cheap gorilla suit; a montage of Hunter's Zira trying on frocks and gowns like any other flashing-eyed starlet; and the deliciously tongue-in-cheek opening sequence, which turns sci-fi clichés on their heads. If only things didn't get so deadly serious during the mock-operatic finale, Escape From the Planet of the Apes would be a comedy classic. As is, the not-so-surprise ending restores the film's comic luster just before the credits roll.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/28/2006
UPC:
0024543228134
Original Release:
1971
Rating:
G
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:37:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Includes trailers for Planet of the Apes (1968), Planet of the Apes (2001), Beneath the Planet of the Apes, Escape From the Planet of the Apes, Conquest of the Planet of the Apes and Battle for the Planet of the Apes

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Roddy McDowall Cornelius
Kim Hunter Zira
William Windom The President
John Alderman Corporal
Roy E. Glenn Lawyer
Steve Roberts Gen. Brody
John Randolph Chairman
Harry Lauter Gen. Winthrop
M. Emmet Walsh Aide
Peter Forster Cardinal
Norman Burton Army Officer
William Woodson Naval Officer
Tom Lowell Orderly
Gene Whittington Marine Captain
Donald Elson Curator
Army Archerd Referee
James Bacon Gen. Faulkner
Eric Braeden Dr. Otto Hasslein
Bradford Dillman Dr. Lewis Dixon
Sal Mineo Milo
Ricardo Montalban Armando
Albert Salmi E-1
Natalie Trundy Dr. Stephanie Branton
Jason Evers E-2

Technical Credits
Don Taylor Director
Joseph Biroc Cinematographer
Pierre Boulle Consultant/advisor
Frank Capra Associate Producer
John Chambers Makeup Special Effects
Howard A. Anderson Company Special Effects
William J. Creber Art Director
Paul Dehn Screenwriter
Jerry Goldsmith Score Composer
Arthur P. Jacobs Producer
Pepi Lenzi Asst. Director
Stuart A. Reiss Set Decoration/Design
Marion Rothman Editor
Walter Scott Set Decoration/Design
Jack Martin Smith Art Director
Theodore Soderberg Sound/Sound Designer
Dan Striepeke Makeup
Dean Vernon Sound/Sound Designer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Escape from the Planet of the Apes
1. Pickup and Recovery [4:19]
2. Main Titles [2:58]
3. Playing Dumb [:13]
4. Drs. Dixon & Branton [4:16]
5. "I Loathe Bananas" [3:34]
6. Introductions [:08]
7. In the News [2:00]
8. The Presidential Inquiry [2:38]
9. Hasslein's Theory [2:10]
10. Toast of the Town [1:04]
11. Zira's Delicate Condition [7:50]
12. Hasslein's Fear [:48]
13. How it All Started [3:37]
14. Sodium Pentothal [2:55]
15. The Commission [:30]
16. Boiling Point [:31]
17. On the Run [2:11]
18. Stevie's Idea [3:40]
19. Armando's Circus [1:59]
20. Time to Go [2:40]
21. Saying Goodbye [5:16]
22. The Oil Field [3:20]
23. In Hasslein's Sights [2:14]
24. Aboard the Derelict [2:00]
25. Confrontation [2:31]
26. Simian Survival [:25]
27. End Titles [4:12]

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