Planet of the Apes 1968

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Planet of the Apes ★★★½ 1968 (G)

Astronauts crash land on a planet where apes are masters and humans are merely brute animals. Superior science fiction with sociological implications marred only by unnecessary humor. Heston delivers one of his more plausible performances. Superb ape makeup creates realistic pseudo-simians of McDowall, Hunter, Evans, Whitmore, and Daly. Adapted from Pierre Boulle's novel “Monkey Planet.” Followed by four sequels and two TV series. 112m/C VHS, DVD . Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, Maurice Evans, Linda Harrison, James Whitmore, James Daly; D: Franklin J. Schaffner; W: Rod Serling, Michael Wilson; C: Leon Shamroy; M: Jerry Goldsmith. Natl. Film Reg. '01.