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Beneath The Planet Of The Apes 1970

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Fleeing from the ape military and searching for clues to the disappearance of Taylor in the "Forbidden Zone" leads Nova and John Brent to the shocking discovery of man's ultimate folly beneath the Ape planet.

Starring:
James Franciscus, Kim Hunter
Runtime:
1 hour, 34 minutes

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Genres Science Fiction, Adventure, Action
Director Ted Post
Starring James Franciscus, Kim Hunter
Supporting actors Maurice Evans, Linda Harrison, Paul Richards, Victor Buono, James Gregory, Jeff Corey, Natalie Trundy, Thomas Gomez, David Watson, Don Pedro Colley, Tod Andrews, Gregory Sierra, Eldon Burke, Lou Wagner, Charlton Heston, Army Archerd, Edward Bach, James Bacon
Studio Fox
MPAA rating G (General Audience)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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I'll preface this review by saying 'Planet of the Apes' remains my favorite movie of all time (so far). And in an age where film has been reduced to terms like 'franchises', the prerequisite to even a sequel must remain 'is there a story to be told'? As both a writer and a member of the audience, I cherish the surprise but detest the fact that if I buy into it- someone in an office somewhere thinks I'll buy into 'Star Trek, Indiana Jones or Star Wars 46'.

Planet remains the classic- the next three sequels are a terrific companion piece, adapting its suggested history and fleshing it out. Avoid Battle. The stories have been told.

Beneath has always remained the maligned, misunderstood one and I want to address that in my review. Being the only actual sequel (the other 3 being prequels), has something to do with that. I personally think it rose to the challenge of following a classic admirably- thanks to the team of Jacobs, Dehn, Abrahams, Post and Franciscus.

The two most confused criticisms are Franciscus filling Heston's shoes, and that it somehow repeats half of the first film. Beneath is a film that I think you have to view a few times- sometimes that's the sign of a good book or film. In this case, I think it is.

Taylor was a cynical character. An absolute individual. A man escaping something in search of something different. Something better. It's the beauty of the first film and Heston's portrayal. It allows us to care and become involved in what awaits and is about to confront him.

Brent as the next character can't be afforded the same luxury. That would be repeating. Franciscus (who contributed much of what he said and did on screen), has to play an 'everyman'. An astronaut in search of another; following the orders of his mission.
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Beneath the Planet of the Apes is the second movie in the series and my personal favorite. Probably the darkest of all five movies, the story begins with Taylor and Nova riding through the Forbidden Zone where the first one left off. Taylor mysteriously disappears, but Nova is able to find Brent, the only survivor of the crew sent to rescue Taylor. After seeing Ape City, Brent and Nova go into the Forbidden Zone where they find an underground city of mutants who worship an atomic bomb as their god. Meanwhile, the Apes are planning an attack on the Forbidden City. The story is very good and also examines the prejudices of the Apes that are so similar to the ones of the humans they so despise. This is not the happiest movie, especially the ending, but it is still a great movie and the ending does fit.
James Franciscus plays Brent, the astronaut who survives the crash, and plays it very well. His performance is similar to that of Charlton Heston's in the first one, and at some points they even look alike. Charlton Heston does make a brief cameo in the beginning before disappearing and then comes back in the last twenty minutes to help Brent. Kim Hunter reprises her role of Zira while David Watson takes the role of Cornelius instead of Roddy McDowall who was busy working on a different project at the time. Maurice Evans is great again as Dr. Zaius with James Gregory giving an excellent role as General Ursus, the leader of the armies bent on destroying anything they come across in the Forbidden Zone. Linda Harrison is gorgeous as Nova, and she even gets to say something in this one. Fans of the series will love this movie even if the budget was less than the first one, which is very obvious in some scenes. The Planet of the Apes is offered on DVD but each individual film is not offered seperately. Too bad, because these are great films. For fans of the Ape series, check out Beneath the Planet of the Apes!
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I am not sure why I like watching tan, sexy looking people in loin cloths being dominated by apes, but I do. Even better is the apocalyptic ending. Mutants with psychic powers forcing people to kill other people, apes shooting mutants, people shooting apes, apes shooting people, horrible experiments, hallucinations, the final horrific ending with pipe organs and mutants and blood and apes attacking a nuclear bomb, followed by Armageddon. The ape, human, mutant apocalypse. What a great movie!!!
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By A Customer on January 17, 2003
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Beneath the Planet of the Apes is the typical sequel that has to follow the plot and hold the same standards as its phenomonally successful original. "Beneath," as I will continue to call it, does it's job better than most. The plot is well thought out, the new characters, Nova, Taylor, and Dr. Zaius hold up very well, and it keeps many of the original film's aspects with it.
James Franciscus may have had the most difficult acting challenge. Since Charlton Heston did not want a sequel, and agreed to do only two cameos, Franciscus had to fill in the main character slot, and give a performance as strong as Heston's. He does a really good job at it. The main character, Brent, is very believable and obviously has a devotion to friends. His quest to find Taylor goes a lot farther than most humans would care to go. Brent's character is also helped by the fact he is new, so has no risk of not being like his past characterizations.
Ursus, the gorilla commander, is played by James Gregory. His performance is everything you would want out of a POTA gorilla. Dr. Zaius remains as the only original ape character to not have an alerted personality. He remains the same type of hard-headed, aristocrat who is the sole witness to Earth's past. Taylor's character is no longer misanthropic, but then again he was like that since the end of the first film.
Now here come the problems. The budget on this film was obviously cut. The exact price was $ 3,000,000. That budget would be about 80 or 90 million dollars in today's blockbusters. This resulted in the fact that not all the qualified make-up artists returned. Zira now has somewhat of a double-chin and a catfish-like appearance, and Zaius's design is not as...aristocratic.
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