icon Film Profile: Planet of the Apes - (1967)
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7.2/10 Stars
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"Somewhere in the Universe, there must be something better than man!"


  • Director: Franklin J Schaffner
  • Genre: Science Fiction, Adventure, Drama, Action
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
  • Subtitled | Widescreen | Duration: 130 Mins

Though this seminal sci-fi gem has spawned sequels, TV shows, comics, all manner of merchandise and a re-imagining from Tim Burton in 2001, the original 1967 movie is still the yardstick by which the whole Apes saga should be judged. Charlton Heston stars as the leader of a team of astronauts who crashes on a desolate planet where the apes rule and human beings are the dumb animals. Heston is appropriately square-jawed as the rebellious human trying to make sense of this topsy-turvy world, and Roddy McDowall and Kim Hunter shine through the marvellous ape make-up from John Chambers, who received an honorary Oscar for his work. But what really elevates director Franklin J Schaffner's movie to classic status is the clever script from Twilight Zone creator Rod Serling and former blacklisted writer Michael Wilson. The combination of allegory, humour, satire and excitement underpins a brilliantly conceived adventure that also benefits from stunning cinematography from veteran cameraman Leon Shamroy and an unnervingly haunting score from Jerry Goldsmith (The Omen).
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Cast List:
George Taylor : Charlton Heston
Cornelius : Roddy McDowall
Dr Zira : Kim Hunter
Dr Zaius : Maurice Evans
President of the assembly : James Whitmore
Honorious : James Daly
Nova : Linda Harrison
Landon : Robert Gunner
Lucius : Lou Wagner
Maximus : Woodrow Parfrey
Dodge : Jeff Burton
Julius : Buck Kartalian

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