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Planet of the Apes (1967)

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US 1-sheet poster
Title Card
PRODUCTION INFORMATION
Country of Origin: USA
Year of Production: 1967
Running Times: 112m
Format: 35mm, filmed in Panavision [anamorphic]
Colour Format: colour
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Sound: mono
Language: English

INTRODUCTION

An American science fiction film directed by Franklin J. Schaffner. It was the first in a long-running franchise that numbered four sequels, two television spin-offs, a remake and a belated prequel of sorts.

PLOT SUMMARY

A team of astronauts find themselves stranded on a barren planet in the distant future when their ship crashes in a lake. Two of the men are killed and the wounded survivor, Taylor, finds himself lost and temporarily unable to speak in a world where apes are the dominant species and humans are hunted like animals.

ALTERNATIVE TITLES

Abernes planet - Danish title
Apinoiden planeetta - Finnish title
Apornas planet - Swedish title
Homem Que Veio do Futuro, O - Portuguese title
Majmok bolygója, A - Hungarian title
Pianeta delle scimmie, Il - Italian title
Planet der Affen - West German title
Planeta de los simios, El - Argentine/Spanish title
Planeta dels simis, El - Catalan Spanish title
Planeta dos Macacos, O - Brazilian title
Planète des singes, La - French/French Canadian title

LINKS

SEQUELS
Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1969)
Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971)
Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972)
Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973)


REMAKE
Planet of the Apes (2001)


SEE ALSO
Austin Powers The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999)
Aysecik ve Sihirli Cüceler Rüyalar Ülkesinde (1971)
Battlefield Earth (2000)
Creature Wasn't Nice, The (1981)
Free Enterprise (1998)
George of the Jungle (1997)
Heavy Metal (1981)
Hell Comes to Frogtown (1987)
Independence Day (1996)
Mother (1996)
Planet of the Apes (1974)
Red Dwarf: Stasis Leak (1988)
Return to the Planet of the Apes (1975)
Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)
Road to El Dorado, The (2000)
Rocket Man (1997)
Spaceballs (1987)
Spy Hard (1996)
Time of the Apes (1987)
Trancers (1985)
Trapalhao no Planalto dos Macacos, O (1976)
Zardoz (1973)


EXTRACTS INCLUDED IN
Behind the Planet of the Apes (1998)
Statue of Liberty, The (1986)

DIRECTION

Directed by: Franklin J. Schaffner

CREW

PRODUCTION
© MCMLXVII [1967] Apjac Productions, Inc. and Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation
An Arthur P. Jacobs production
Produced by Apjac Productions, Inc. and Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation
Produced by: Arthur P. Jacobs
Associate Producer: Mort Abrahams
Unit Production Manager: William Eckhardt


SCRIPT
Screenplay by: Michael Wilson and Rod Serling
Based on the novel [Planete du singe] by Pierre Boulle


DIRECTION
Assistant Director: William Hissel


PHOTOGRAPHY
Director of Photography: Leon Shamroy
Color by DeLuxe


EDITING AND POST-PRODUCTION
Film Editor: Hugh S. Fowler


MUSIC
Music: Jerry Goldsmith
Orchestration: Arthur Morton


SOUND
Sound: Herman Lewis, David Dockendorf
Westrex Recording System


COSTUMES AND MAKE-UP
Costumes Designed by: Morton Haack
Makeup by: Ben Nye, Dan Striepke
Hairstyling: Edith Lindon


SPECIAL MAKE-UP EFFECTS
Creative Makeup Design: John Chambers


VISUAL EFFECTS
Special Photographic Effects: L.B. Abbott, Art Cruickshank, Emil Kosa Jr


DESIGN AND SET CONSTRUCTION
Art Direction: Jack Martin Smith, William Creber
Set Decorations: Walter M. Scott, Norman Rockett


LOCATIONS
Locations: Cabo San Lucas, Baja California, Mexico; Fox Ranch, Malibu, California, USA; Glen Canyon, Utah, USA; Malibu Creek State Park, Calabasas, California, USA; Malibu, California, USA; Page, Arizona, USA; Zuma Beach, California, USA [all uncredited]


ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
The Producers express their appreciation to the National Park Service, United States Department of the Interior, for its cooperation in the production of this motion picture

CAST

Charlton Heston (George Taylor)


co-starring
Roddy McDowall (Cornelius)
Kim Hunter (Zira)
Maurice Evans (Dr Zaius)
James Whitmore (president of the assembly)
James Daly (Honorious)


introducing
Linda Harrison as "Nova"


with
Robert Gunner (Landon)
Lou Wagner (Lucius)
Woodrow Parfrey (Dr Maximus)
Jeff Burton (Dodge)
Buck Kartalian (Julius)
Norman Burton (hunt leader)
Wright King (Dr Galen)
Paul Lambert (minister)

AVAILABILITY

USA
Theatrical Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Video Distributor: Magnetic Video

CENSORSHIP HISTORY

Finland
Rating: K-16


Germany
Rating: 12


Sweden
Rating: 15


UK
Rating: PG


USA
Rating: G

TIMELINE

1968
February
8: USA - theatrical release


April
5: Finland - theatrical release


May
3: West Germany - theatrical release
6: Sweden - theatrical release

POSTER TAGS

Somewhere in the Universe, there must be something better than man!

PERIODICALS

Daily Cinema, The no.9429 (4 October 1967) p.3(UK)
note (Commentary by Observer)


Starlog no.160 (November 1990) (USA)
illustrated interview with co-star Kim Hunter (Chimp Life by Tom Weaver)


Starlog no.213 (April 1995) (USA)
illustrated interview with Linda Harrison (Woman of the Apes by Tom Weaver)

BOOKS

Planet of the Apes as American Myth: Race, Politics and Popular Culture by Eric Greene

OTHER SOURCES

screen
credits