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Escape From the Planet of the Apes [VHS] (1971)

Roddy McDowall , Kim Hunter , Don Taylor  |  G |  VHS Tape
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  • Actors: Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, Bradford Dillman, Natalie Trundy, Eric Braeden
  • Directors: Don Taylor
  • Writers: Paul Dehn, Pierre Boulle
  • Producers: Arthur P. Jacobs, Frank Capra Jr.
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Original recording reissued, NTSC
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • VHS Release Date: August 18, 1998
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6301661761
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #444,072 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Following the cataclysmic finale of Beneath the Planet of the Apes, there was only one logical direction for the series to go---> back to the future. The result is an illogically conceived and satirical prequel that will amuse and delight and ultimately devastate with its bleak Shakesperean tragedy.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Paradox of the Apes May 16, 2006
Format:DVD
Following the cataclysmic finale of Beneath the Planet of the Apes, there was only one logical direction for the series to go---> back to the future. The result is an illogically conceived and satirical prequel that will amuse and delight and ultimately devastate with its bleak Shakesperean tragedy.

When Taylor's spacecraft unexpectedly splashes down in 1973 and is retrieved by a military envoy, the three astronauts that emerge from the capsule are not revealed to be Taylor, Landon and Dodge, but rather the astonishing simian ape-o-nauts Cornelius, Zira and Milo... the third of which is a completely disposeable character who is appropriately killed off very early by a caged zoo gorilla who was probably jealous that the talking simian chimpanzees were getting all of the attention. With Milo out of the picture, the story focuses on the relationship between Cornelius and Zira in ways that were not afforded the opportunity in the two previous films and is filled with tongue-in-cheek episodes inspired by Pierre Boulle's original novel as Cornelius and Zira go around "aping" 20th century human culture (a subtle and clever mockery of our own) in an attempt to make themselves fit in to our society.

While Cornelius and Zira make themselves at home as cultural "celebrities" they are being carefully monitored under the watchful auspices of the nefarious Dr.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Human See Human Do August 21, 2008
Format:DVD
"Escape From The Planet Of The Apes"
is part of the the classic SciFi
movie series begun with "Planet Of The Apes".

Three "apes" arrive in the pop culture
America of 1973 (?) from a future where
apes are the dominant and intellectually superior
species, able to communicate by spoken
language (English), and humans are as beasts.
Upon their escape, they witness the destruction
of the earth due to a weapon of warfare
created by humans and used by apes.
This film provides a thematic bridge in the
movie series, but also stands on its own.

It is both comic and tragic.
It is notable for trotting out the social
and political concerns as defined by the
pop media of the period in a
heavy-handed way and trivializing
them with humor at the same time.
Social satire well done.

The great thing about this film is that
it gives one numerous themes to consider.
It is serious and rich with meaning
while at the same time campy and fun
and ultimately tragic.

Among the interesting ideas presented are:
- submission to God's will...
- danger of political zealotry...
- ends justifying the means...
- analogy between "apes" and the negroid race...
- trumping of absolute truth by majority vote...
- modesty in dress vs. exhibitionism...
- pacifism vs. just use of violence...
- use of animals...
- truth telling and omission...
...and on and on

The film is a great vehicle for discussion
and a definite candidate for repeated viewing.

Sure, the ape costumes are rather silly,
but so what;
we know they are not real apes anyway.

Last, but certainly not least, is the
great, great, great musical score
by Jerry Goldsmith. Wow!

Good plot, interesting characters,
campy humor, serious themes, great music,
action; what's not to like?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars GREAT FUN December 17, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
Even if you are not an APES series fan, this movie grows on you. It is easily the most intentionally comic of the series, and features a cleverly plotted mix of real drama and sci-fi, and placing the action in then-present day Los Angeles gives it a peculiar point of view, one that succeeds almost brilliantly. Kim Hunter and Roddy McDowall inhabit their roles so completely that you believe utterly that they are apes, and that their peril is real. Since I love the twists in a movie that give it gravity and an enduring quality, I love the strange sense of doom and tragedy that pervades this movie, even when it is at its most humorous. The final moments remain chillingly effective, and paved the way for the many, many copycat plots featured in movies yet to come. Forget BENEATH... -- go directly to this movie; you will not be disappointed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The one in the series that really grabs you July 2, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
Of all the Planet of the Apes movies; this had to be the one that really brought a tear to my eye. Roddy MacDowell and Kim Hunter are excellent as the innocent explorers who are misunderstood by modern human about the world that come from. Great cameo by Ricardo Montelban and wonderful surprise ending.
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4.0 out of 5 stars ILHM Reviews Escape from the Planet of the Apes February 1, 2013
Format:Amazon Instant Video
After narrowly escaping the destruction of Earth using the ship that was left behind by Colonel Taylor, ape scientists Cornelius, Zira, and Dr. Milo are thrust back in time through a worm hole that transports them to the year 1973. Government officials sieze and detain them immediately, but unfortunately Milo is killed in a tragic accident. When it is discovered that the two remaining apes possess the ability to speak, they become an instant sensation with the media, and a threat to the government. Fearing that their arrival could signal the fall of humanity, it is decided that Zira and Cornelius are to be destroyed, along with their unborn child!

Despite the explosive finale in BENEATH THE PLANET OF THE APES, the thrilling Science Fiction series continues onward thanks to the thoughtful (although inconsistent) tools used in ESCAPE FROM THE PLANET OF THE APES! This chapter poses a complete reversal on the original film, asking what would happen if the tables were turned and man were the one to discover that he is not the only form of intelligent life on the planet. The opening act plays as a "fish out of water" comedy, as the two apes join high society while attempting to learn the customs of the humans. The ethical dilemma occurs when Zira mistakenly divulges that her kind will inevitably rule over man, and the government is forced to decide if it is right to destroy three innocent lives if it means preserving the lives of many. The tone shifts dramatically as Cornelius and Zira head out on the run to protect their newborn son, which leads us to another depressing ending. Despite the reduced budget and diminishing make-up designs, ESCAPE FROM THE PLANET OF THE APES is another smartly-played sequel that opens the series up to a whole new string of adventures!

-Carl Manes
I Like Horror Movies
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4.0 out of 5 stars Zira and Cornelius land of Earth in 1974.
Escape From the Planet of the Apes (1971). Rated G. Running Time: One Hour, 37 mins.
Directed by Don Taylor. This is the third movie in the series. Read more
Published 13 days ago by James McDonald
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
Interesting subject mater that deals with the time travel paradox. Also, a nice addition to the Planet of the Apes Series.
Published 1 month ago by Lloyd D C
5.0 out of 5 stars memories
I remember as a child my father would bring us to see these movies in the theater. Back then it was big screens that were larger than life. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Patrick A. Allen
2.0 out of 5 stars wtf?
Really really weird. I thought the second one had a bad ending but at least I could finish it. This one was un-finishable.
Published 1 month ago by Your mom
4.0 out of 5 stars An Entirely New "Apes" Angle
"Escape From Planet of the Apes" is easily the weirdest of all the Ape films. Instead of "playing it straight" like the previous efforts in the series, director... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Zachary Koenig
5.0 out of 5 stars escape from the planet of the apes
Bought for my grandson who loves these movies he's only 6. Has watched them all over and over again. Best buy ever!
Published 2 months ago by Mary A Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars cool
my son loves all movies that remind him of king kong were still waiting for the new planet of apes "CESAR"
Published 4 months ago by u wish
2.0 out of 5 stars A big step downhill
The original 'Planet Of The Apes' movie was excellent. An all time classic. The second, like so many sequels, failed to live up to it. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Chris
4.0 out of 5 stars Weird Idea Well Made
The idea of the chimpanzee scientists Zira and Cornelius going back in time to present day Earth (well, present day at the time it was made anyways) is frankly a dubious one at... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Nathaniel Wayne
5.0 out of 5 stars great film
This was the only original film of the series that I saw in theaters, when I was about 10, and it's still my favorite. It seemed a little implausible at the time. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Eric H.
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