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Escape from the Planet of the Apes [1971]

Director:Don Taylor
Writer:Paul Dehn
Composer:Jerry Goldsmith
Length:98 minutes
(1 hour 38 minutes)
MPAA Rating:G
Suggested Event Use:Friday 13
Sorting Category:SciFi
IMDB Rating:6.0/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:78%
Amazon Rating:4.0/5 stars
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Synopsis: Three anthropomorphic chimps travel back to 20th century Earth after witnessing the destruction of Earth.

Reaction: I personally feel this is the low point of the original series, though there are some good scenes. It's just a bit too silly one minute then too paranoid the next.

Personal Rating: 5/10

"You're asking me to risk imprisonment for the sake of two fugitive apes? The answer is- a thousand times- YES!"

Don Taylor => Director
Paul Dehn => Writer
Jerry Goldsmith => Composer
Pierre Boulle => Inspired by Novel "La plančte des singes"
Bradford Dillman => Dr. Lewis Dixon
Eric Braeden => Dr. Otto Hasslein
Harry Lauter => General Winthrop
Jason Evers => E-2
John Randolph => Committee Chairman
Kim Hunter => Dr. Zira
Natalie Trundy => Dr. Stephanie 'Stevie' Branton
Ricardo Montalban => Armando
Roddy McDowall => Cornelius
Sal Mineo => Dr. Milo
William Windom => The President

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • The film's villain, Dr. Hasslein, is briefly mentioned at the beginnings of the two first films.
  • The plague that killed all the dogs and cats and lead to the enslavement of all the apes is first mentioned in this film.
  • Sal Mineo found the make-up uncomfortable, so the script was re-written to kill his character off earlier than planned.
  • Even though Charlton Heston (Taylor) is not listed in the full cast/crew; he does appear in archive footage lifted from the conclusion of Planet of the Apes where he kisses Zira goodbye. That (color tinted) scene appears during Zira's interrogation, by government officials, while under the effects of sodium pentothal (a truth drug) that puts her in a dream state; thus resurrecting several brief glimpses of scenes taken from Planet of the Apes and Beneath....