Planet of the Apes

Planet of the Apes (1968)

Genres - Action-Adventure, Drama, Science Fiction  |   Sub-Genres - Dystopian Film, Speculative/Fantastic Fiction Film  |   Release Date - Apr 3, 1968  |   Run Time - 112 min.  |   Countries - United States of America  |   MPAA Rating - G
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Planet of the Apes is a 1968 American science fiction film directed by Franklin J. Schaffner. It stars Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, Maurice Evans, James Whitmore, James Daly and Linda Harrison. The screenplay by Michael Wilson and Rod Serling was loosely based on the 1963 French novel La Planète des Singes by Pierre Boulle. Jerry Goldsmith composed the groundbreaking avant-garde score. It was the first in a series of five films made between 1968 and 1973, all produced by Arthur P. Jacobs and released by 20th Century Fox.

The film tells the story of an astronaut crew who crash-land on a strange planet in the distant future. Although the planet appears desolate at first, the surviving crew members stumble upon a society in which apes have evolved into creatures with human-like intelligence and speech. The apes have assumed the role of the dominant species and humans are mute creatures wearing animal skins.

The script was originally written by Rod Serling, but underwent many rewrites before filming eventually began. Directors J. Lee Thompson and Blake Edwards were approached, but the film's producer Arthur P. Jacobs, upon the recommendation of Charlton Heston, chose Franklin J. Schaffner to direct the film. Schaffner's changes included an ape society less advanced—and therefore less expensive to depict—than that of the original novel. Filming took place between May 21 and August 10, 1967, in California, Utah and Arizona, with desert sequences shot in and around Lake Powell, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. The film's final "closed" cost was $5.8 million.

The film was released on February 8, 1968, in the United States and was a commercial success, earning a lifetime domestic gross of $32.6 million. The film was groundbreaking for its prosthetic makeup techniques by artist John Chambers, and was well received by critics and audiences, launching a film franchise, including four sequels, as well as a short-lived television show, animated series, comic books, and various merchandising. In particular, Roddy McDowall had a long-running relationship with the Apes series, appearing in four of the original five films (absent, apart from a brief voiceover, from the second film of the series, Beneath the Planet of the Apes, in which he was replaced by David Watson in the role of Cornelius), and also in the television series.

The original series was followed by Tim Burton's remake Planet of the Apes in 2001 and the reboot Rise of the Planet of the Apes in 2011. Also in 2001, Planet of the Apes was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".

Movie Info

Budget

$5,800,000

Box Office

$32,599,488

Tags

Ape, Astronaut, Collection: Planet Of The Apes, Cult, Dark, Death/Extinction, Dystopia, Film Based On A Novel, Franklin James Schaffner, Gorilla, Mind-Bending/Experimental, Space Travel, Space/Aliens, Time Travel

Attributes

Based On: Planet of the Apes
Filming Location: Arizona, California, Malibu, Utah
Narrative Location: Multiverse of the Planet of the Apes, New York City
Subject: time travel

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Alternate Titles

A majmok bolygója
HU
Abernes Planet
DK
Ahvide planeet
EE
Apenplaneet
NL
Apeplaneten
NO
Apinoiden planeetta
FI
Apornas planet
FI, SE
Beždžionių planeta
LT
El planeta de los simios
AR, EC, MX, PE, UY
El Planeta De Los Simios
ES
El planeta dels simis
AD
Hành Tinh Khỉ
VN
Il pianeta delle scimmie
IT
La planète des singes
CA
La Planète des singes
FR
Maymunlar Cehennemi
TR
Maymunlar sayyorasi
UZ
O anthropos pou ilthe apo to mellon
GR
O Homem Que Veio do Futuro
PT
O Planeta dos Macacos
BR
O planitis ton pithikon
GR
Planet der Affen
DE
Planet der Affen 1
DE
Planet majmuna
HR
Planet of the Apes
AU, CA, IN, ID, IL, PH, SG, ZA, TH, AE, GB, US
Planet opic
SI
Planeta maimuţelor
RO
Planeta małp
PL
Planeta Opic
CZ, CS
Planéta Opíc
SK
Saru no wakusei
JP
Sayarey-e meymoonha
IR
Ο πλανήτης των πιθήκων
GR
Планета мајмуна
RS
Планета Мавп
UA
Планета обезьян
RU, US
Планетата на маймуните
BG
प्लॅनेट ऑफ़ एप्स
IN
वानर के ग्रह
IN
人猿星球
CN
决战猩球
CN
浩劫余生
CN
浩劫餘生
TW
猿の惑星
JP