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Conquest of the Planet of the Apes

action & adventure, drama, sci-fi & fantasy

Colorful, futuristic sets, a relentless pace and an action-packed climax highlight the fourth episode of the legendary Apes saga, starring Roddy McDowall and Ricardo Montalban.

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- Angela Baldassarre,, Thursday, June 24, 2010


- Chuck O'Leary,, Thursday, June 24, 2010


- Cole Smithey,, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

5 stars

I really don't care what anyone says, I feel that this is the best movie in the series next to the original and certainly just as powerful. The set design, costuming, make-up and effects are all at their best and presents us with a very believable and scary future. Roddy McDowall's performance as Caesar is undoubtedly the most impacting element of the movie, giving off a sort of Malcolm X quality. This says so much about civil rights and equality in general, being the most political of all the series. We all knew that the apes would eventually take over, but the how and the why is so much more interesting. You still question a possible salvation in this, which is great. The idea that we can change the future is a wonderful concept to explore.

- ythelastman89, Sunday, September 12, 2010

3 stars

Conquest Of The Planet Of The Apes is one of favorites in the series. I very much enjoyed the storyline of the film, and I thought it was one of the most exciting films of the series. I thought that this film could have been a great conclusion to the series; unfortunately, they green lit an inferior final film. However this is a great film with a wonderful cast, a very good story and good directing. As far as the series is concerned, Conquest Of The Planet Of The Apes is a great addition, and because of its story, it's also one of the best in the series. The film is much different to the other films in the series, and I very much enjoyed the change of direction the series took with Conquest. I find this film to be quite underrated and it really is a good film despite the flack it received as an uninspired sequel. The story is good and combine that with good acting and you have a great entry in a classic franchise. The film may not be the best, but for what it is, this is a good film, and like I said before, one of my favorites in the series. Conquest Of The Planet Of The Apes is an entertaining film, and has enough thrills going for it to make it a worthwhile addition to the series. Conquest Of The Planet Of The Apes is a great sequel that is entertaining, thrilling and is one of the best sequels in the series. Director J. Lee Thompson directs a memorable film that will appeal to fans of the original Planet Of The Apes, and this film is lots of fun despite its imperfections.

- TheDudeLebowski65, Tuesday, December 6, 2011

3 stars

Taking place 20 years after the third film, we are shown the evolution of the apes from pets to savages and the eventual takeover of the human race. With terrible camerawork and and a very oddly written screenplay, "Conquest of the Planet of the Apes" is one of the weaker entries in the series, but also has the best climax of them all. The final 30 minutes will have you on the edge of your seat the whole way through and I loved every minute of it. However, the first hour is a complete mess and pretty much ruins everything set up in the previous film. As far as mixed bags go, this is one of the most enjoyable, because they knew when to hit the audience hard, even though they failed miserably in other regards. Overall, it's not the best film, but I really enjoyed where it went. It is recommendable for the finale.

- fb733768972, Monday, June 30, 2014