PLANET OF THE APES

Director Franklin J. Schaffner
Year 1968
Starring Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall, Maurice Evans
Rating G
Run Time 112min
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PLANET OF THE APES can and has been called many things. It's groundbreaking for John Chambers’ brilliant makeup work. It's epic because of the imagination involved in not only creating a new world, but also realizing that world with original, eye-popping sets. The best description of this 1968 sci-fi classic, though, is intelligent.

The story is well-known; an astronaut crew crash lands on a strange planet where Apes are intelligent and Man is seen as the inferior animal. Michael Wilson and Rod Sterling’s script, based off of Pierre Boulle’s novel, is a clever mix of satire, sci-fi and adventure. Franklin J. Schaffner uses this amazing blueprint and makes a though-provoking film that will still makes you laugh, feel uneasy while being 100% entertained the whole time.

Headed by a brilliant archetypal performance by Charleston Heston, PLANET OF THE APES may have been the beginning to a never-ending stream of Hollywood knockoffs, most of which are terrible.

It remains one of the most famous American films from the ‘60s because of Heston and the makeup and the great twist ending. Those things are all great, but the film's deft and satirical blend of truly highbrow sci-fi themes with a B-movie narrative that makes it timeless. (R.J. LaForce)

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