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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: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6301661761
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #267,372 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

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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3.9 out of 5 stars

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Dave Cordes on 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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Veritas Veritatis on 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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Tasha D. Staggers on 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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By R. Penola on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jacques COULARDEAU on August 29, 2010
Format: DVD
It all starts as the funniest comedy ever. Three Chimpanzees escape the holocaust on their planet in their time in Taylor's spaceship and land in California.

The first half is the meeting of those three apes with Americans who do not want to believe they can speak but are fascinated and under the charm of the extraordinary thing it represents. It is hilarious because every single sentence has a double meaning when we shift from man's point of view to the chimpanzees'.

But that funny atmosphere turns sour very fast because the men who interrogate them, namely the CIA, believe them and see the future in their tale, a future of total reversal of the world order, of the natural order, the apes at the top and human beings having regressed to the bottom.

And it is the hunt and the killing. That ending is like the proof that what the apes have said is going to be true. There is really no future for man on this planet and in this life. Apart from that this film is kind of sad.

It represents a strange world, the world of 1973 of frightened human beings who cannot see things the way they could be but only the way they should be according to their own desire of domination. The President could be different but he is impotent and no one obeys him anyway.

Dr Jacques COULARDEAU
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