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Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973)

G | | Action, Sci-Fi | 15 June 1973 (USA)
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Ten years after a worldwide series of ape revolutions and a brutal nuclear war among humans, Caesar must protect survivors of both species from an insidious human cult and a militant ape faction alike.

Director:

J. Lee Thompson

Writers:

Pierre Boulle (characters), Paul Dehn (story) | 2 more credits »
2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Roddy McDowall ... Caesar / Cornelius
Claude Akins ... General Aldo
Natalie Trundy ... Lisa
Severn Darden ... Governor Kolp
Lew Ayres ... Mandemus
John Huston ... The Lawgiver
Paul Williams ... Virgil
Austin Stoker ... Bruce MacDonald
Noah Keen ... Abe the teacher
Richard Eastham ... Mutant Captain
France Nuyen ... Alma
Paul Stevens ... Mendez
Heather Lowe ... Doctor
Bobby Porter ... Cornelius
Michael Stearns Michael Stearns ... Jake
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Storyline

After conquering the oppressive humans in "Conquest for the Planet of the Apes", Caesar must now keep the peace among the humans and apes. Gorilla General Aldo views things differently, and tries to cause an ape civil war. In the meantime, other human survivors learn of the ape city, and decide they want to take back civilization for themselves, thus setting the stage of warring ape factions and humans. Written by Humberto Amador

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The final chapter in the incredible Apes saga. The most suspenseful showdown ever filmed as two civilizations battle for the right to inherit what's left of the earth!

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Action | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 June 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Colonization of the Planet of the Apes See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,800,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$8,844,595

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,844,595
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (extended)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

There's an intentional irony between Caesar and Aldo, other than one being a peaceful (until pushed) Chimpanzee and the other a warlike Gorilla: Aldo is named after the ape that led the revolt against humans in the original timeline while Caesar led the revolt in the second timeline. See more »

Goofs

Caesar's famous "Now, fight like apes!" line is marred by his ape lower-mouth appliance beginning to fall off, revealing his own human mouth inside. The director tried to hide this by blurring those frames of film at the lower end of the screen. What looks like dust on the camera was intentional. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Title Card: North America, 2670 A.D.
The Lawgiver: In the beginning God created beast and man so that both might live in friendship and share dominion over a world of peace. But in the fullness of time evil men betrayed God's trust and in disobedience to His holy word waged bloody wars, not only against their own kind, but against the apes, whom they reduced to slavery. Then God in his wrath sent the world a saviour, miraculously born of two apes who descended on Earth from Earth's own future and man was ...
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Crazy Credits

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

Alternate Versions

The Japanese laserdisc edition and the Legacy Collection DVD edition of the film are ten minutes longer that the U.S. version and include scenes also used in the television version. The following is a detailed list of changes:
  • 8'03:the score continues to its original ending for 25 seconds with extra footage of General Aldo approaching on a horse.
  • 13'37: The gorillas' chase of the Teacher is longer by 20 seconds.
  • 26'57: Governor Kolp is walking around in his HQ and has more dialogue (30 sec)
  • 29'38: Caesar's party's entry into the ruined city is 40 seconds longer with more dialogue.
  • 34'32: The escape from the Mutant's City is longer and contains more dialogue.
  • 42'06: The scene were Cornelius is "shot" by a human boy is extended and makes the fact that they're playing a game apparent sooner. (15 sec).
  • 46'47: DELETED SCENE: Kolp activates the Alpha-Omega missile and tells Alma to fire it on Ape City if he sends a special coded signal. (1'16")
  • 56'43: The mutant assault is extended by 45 seconds. (In this sequence there are three more smaller cuts that reduce the battle scene by 40 additional seconds and there is no musical score.)
  • 1'02'18: The scene where Kolp calls Sergeant York is missing. (1 min)
  • 1'07'57: More segments from the battle are cut by almost 40 sec.
  • 1'08'50: There are additional shots and dialogue before the mutants lay the smoke screen.
  • 1'09'29: 15 seconds of the battle are cut.
  • 1'10'00: 20 seconds of battle footage cut.
  • 1'16'00: The scene were Aldo kills Kolp, the Mutant Captain, and other fleeing mutants in the school bus is restored.
  • 1'22'10: The fight between Aldo and Caesar is longer.
  • 1'24'00: DELETED SCENE: Sergeant York tells Alma and Mendez that Kolp's attack failed. Alma leaves to launch the Alpha-Omega missile but Mendez talks her out of it, explaining it must never be used and that it must be venerated. Why this scene was cut from the original release is unknown, since without it the Mutant storyline is left unresolved.
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Connections

Referenced in Animaniacs: Space Probed/Battle for the Planet (1993) See more »

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Full circle?
26 April 2004 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

This movie had big ambitions:the hero,Ceasar,Cornelius's and Zira's son,has to change the future,like Bruce Willis would have to do a quarter of century later in "twelve monkeys" -no pun intended-.But the results are not up to scratch,by a long shot:the last two sequels are the poorest of a saga which brilliantly began with Shaffner's classic in 1967(adapted from Pierre -Bridge on the river Kwai-Boulle's absorbing book).

One should note than the first five minutes are footage from 'escape from...." which tend to reinforce Ceasar's Christlike nature ;and it's even enhanced by John Huston's patriarch "lawgiver" (sic) character. And if we consider there are still two or three minutes of footage of "escape" in the middle of the movie,one realizes "battle" is really short weight.No character on the screen ( in spite of Roddy McDowall) can sustain interest as Taylor,Nova,Cornelius,Zira,Zaius and co used to do. Better watch the first one again and again,and avoid Burton's remake.


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