In a futuristic world that has embraced ape slavery, Caesar, the son of the late simians Cornelius and Zira, surfaces after almost twenty years of hiding out from the authorities, and prepares for a slave revolt against humanity.
The world is shocked by the appearance of three talking chimpanzees, who arrived mysteriously in a U.S. spacecraft. They become the toast of society, but one man believes them to be a threat to the human race.
Ten years after a worldwide series of ape revolutions and a brutal nuclear war among humans, Caesar must protect survivors of both species from an insidious human cult and a militant ape faction alike.
J. Lee Thompson
Cornelius and Zira's son Caesar leads apes to revolution in this installment of the apes saga. Dogs and cats have been wiped out by a plague and now apes are household pets that are treated like slaves. Caesar has the intelligence to fight this oppression.Written by
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Unlike other films in the series, this film focuses almost exclusively on chimpanzees and gorillas, with only a few orangutans shown. See more »
In the almost 20 years since Escape from the Planet of the Apes, chimpanzees, gorillas and orangutans have evolved to a perfectly humanistic form, a feat that would take thousands of years, not just one generation. See more »
[to Caesar, whom he has on a leash]
Do you have authorization to dress him like that?
[hands over papers]
Oh, yes, Sir.
A circus ape, huh?
And the only one to ever have been trained in bareback riding in the entire history of the circus!
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The 20th Century-Fox logo does not appear on this film. See more »
The film was cut for violence in the final battle scene by the US distributor for a 'PG' rating. Similarly the BBFC (UK) cut the electrical torture of Caesar, and closeup scenes of violence from the killing of the guards and the climactic battle for an 'AA' cinema rating. Video releases were classified as '15' (now '12' for the DVD) and all prints feature the edited U.S version. See more »
My dad doesn't recall her going, but I remember she did. Our family didn't always attend Disney flicks. The opening credits sequence had to have scared her, even I was little unnerved. Back in 1972, this was the "must see" film of the summer. I have always been impressed with the opening credits. The way J. Lee Thompson choreographed the emergence of the apes from around a corner of the Century City Plaza, never ceases to amaze me. Tom Scott's underrated jazz/avant-garde score is perfect for this sequence. A dissonant chord is heard on the soundtrack: North America, 1991. First we see one gorilla, then another, and then another, until finally we see an enormous band of them. I think this is one of the best openings in screen history. Later on, Scott's music wonderfully captures the sheer violence of the ape rebellion. I can never forget the musical cue for the guard with the flame thrower. I like Caesar's speech at the end--even if the tone was changed. And that crazy matte painting of the skyscraper engulfed in fire even startled my girl friend. A job well done.
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