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Planet of the Apes


Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, Maurice Evans View All


Franklin J. Schaffner (Director) View All

Release: Feb. 7th, 1968
Runtime: 1 hour, 52 minutes
Taylor and two other astronauts come out of deep hibernation to find that their ship has crashed. Escaping with little more than clothes they find that they have landed on a planet where men are pre-lingual and uncivilized while apes have learned speech and technology. Taylor is captured and taken to the city of the apes after damaging his throat so that he is silent and cannot communicate with the apes.
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There's an obvious anti-creationist tract at work here as various ape scholars dismiss the existence of intelligent humans on religious grounds, but it's interesting to see a civil rights allegory at work as the privileged sub-group unapologetically denigrates a supposedly inferior group (that is only inferior because of a long history of social manipulation - but of course, that is inferred by the ending).
But when the film goes all in, debating the very rights of a living creature, as well as their ideologies, viewpoints and beliefs whether religiously or scientifically that is when the film moves to a whole other level of genius and thought provoking filmmaking.
Now this film is DARK...VERY DARK...WELL QUITE DARK.The story is very good and isvery enjoyable.The characters are splendid in this even Nova who never speaks in the film (don`t tell me if she does in the next one...and yes i know what happens in 2).
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