Planet of the Apes (1968)
Charlton Heston and Roddy McDowall star in this legendary science fiction masterpiece. Astronaut Taylor (Heston) crash lands on a distant planet ruled by apes who use a primitive race of humans for experimentation and sport.
© 1967 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation and Apjac Productions, Inc. Renewed 1995 by Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.
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Original Apes mixes smart sci-fi and fighting, sexy stuff.
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Fresh: A film rich with unforgettable imagery, killer lines and physical thrills.
- Andrew Collins, Empire Magazine, Thursday, June 24, 2010
Fresh: A sci-fi classic that still holds up today and far surpasses Tim Burton's remake.
- Beth Accomando, KPBS.org, Thursday, June 24, 2010
Fresh: It's all about the closing scene. Cool!
- Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com, Thursday, June 24, 2010
A classic that, unfortunately, does show its age, Planet of the Apes trucks with the big satires - think: Animal Farm - and is really about paradigm shifts and epistemological derivation of power in a society. It brings to mind especially the evolution vs. creation debates that some U.S. school boards are (somehow) still having. Charlton Heston borders on the ridiculous, but in another sense, this is an epic, like his other works - Ben Hur, The Ten Commandments - and so it requires that "big" approach. The ending is corny, but for the most part this is a well thought-out and valuable piece of speculative fiction, and a film I liked much more than its remake, which (unfortunately), I must now make myself rewatch.
- danperry17, Wednesday, May 9, 2012
img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon14.gif/img] Planet Of The Apes is a true science fiction movie classic that's intriguing political objection and interesting social commentary doesn't get in the way of engrossing drama and visually arresting action sequences. It never attacks you with it's debate or assault you with noisy gun fights, it's slow pacing and laid back attitude is the most likely cause of this but it's true purpose is to entertain and despite the pacing it never gets boring no matter how many times you see it.
- aquateen2, Friday, April 20, 2012
As three scientists crash land on an unknown planet, they search for any living organism they can find in order to survive. However, they stumble upon something this is beyond anything they can imagine. They are now living among apes, who treat humans like humans treat animals. As ridiculous as the concept may seem, it feels real, due to Charlton Heston's great performance. This film is more of a realization and adventure film rather than an all out ape war with the title implies. I loved this film from beginning to end for not giving us gimmicks and sticking to a fantastically toned storyline. It's slow moving but extremely engaging and will have you on the edge of your seat at what is going to happen next. From action to adventure, from drama to science fiction, Planet of the Apes is an amazing film for it's time and should be remembered by everyone. This is a wonderful picture!
- fb733768972, Sunday, June 29, 2014