PLANET OF THE APES
|Director||Franklin J. Schaffner|
|Starring||Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall, Maurice Evans|
18 and up; Children 6 and up will be allowed only with a parent guardian. No children under the age of 6 will be allowed.
We will be giving away an Alamo-themed PLANET OF THE APES poster at this screening!!
A 45th anniversary screening of the 1968 sci-fi classic in beautiful 35mm in honor of Lakeline's ape-themed lobby! We invite everyone to go bananas by wearing gorilla/ape suits, masks or any other primate accessories!
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)