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Planet of the Apes 1968 123movies

Planet of the Apes 1968 123movies

Somewhere in the Universe, there must be something better than man!Feb. 07, 1968112 Min.
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#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Taylor and two other astronauts come out of deep hibernation to find that their ship has crashed. Escaping with little more than clothes they find that they have landed on a planet where men are pre-lingual and uncivilized while apes have learned speech and technology. Taylor is captured and taken to the city of the apes after damaging his throat so that he is silent and cannot communicate with the apes.
Plot: An U.S. Spaceship lands on a desolate planet, stranding astronaut Taylor in a world dominated by apes, 2000 years into the future, who use a primitive race of humans for experimentation and sport. Soon Taylor finds himself among the hunted, his life in the hands of a benevolent chimpanzee scientist.
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I’m a seeker, too. But my dreams aren’t like yours. I can’t help thinking that somewhere in the universe there has to be something better than man. Has to be.

Planet of the Apes is directed by Franklin J. Schaffner and adapted to screenplay by Michael Wilson and Rod Serling from the 1963 Pierre Boulle novel La planete des singes. It stars Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, Maurice Evans, James Whitmore, James Daly and Linda Harrison. Music is scored by Jerry Goldsmith and Leon Shamroy is the cinematographer.

3978 A.D. and a spaceship and its crew crash down on a distant planet. Three astronauts survive the crash, they appear to be on a planet not unlike their own, Earth. But soon they come to learn that this planet is ruled by intelligent apes, the human being is the lesser species, mute and of basic intelligence..

It was a tough sell to studios back in the 1960s, not only was the premise that formed Pierre Boulle’s novel a tricky one, but the technical aspects, cost and quality of, also had the men in suits backing away from producer Arthur P. Jacobs and beefcake actor Charlton Heston. Eventually Dick Zanuck over at Fox nervously agreed to make it as long as significant tests ensured that farce would not follow. Stumping up $50,000 for John Chambers to develop the ape make up and masks, and a successful test run acted out by Edward G. Robinson as Dr Zaius opposite Heston, Planet of the Apes was given the green light. The script went through a number of changes as Serling and Wilson tossed around ideas to improve on Boulle’s page turner, while Heston himself felt that the novel as written was unfilmable. Elsewhere, when director Schaffner came on board, he himself went for a more primitive ape world as opposed to the one under consideration that featured futuristic high rises and super advanced technology. What came out at the end of it all thankfully is one of the greatest sci-fi movies of all time.

What would follow the success of the film is well known, a number of inferior sequels, a TV series, a remake and even a prequel in 2011. Then of course there was the toys, models, comics, cartoons and T shirts – it at times felt in the 70s that there really was a Planet of the Apes, only this one was driven by commerce. The aftermath of the original film has not done it any favours, the lines have become blurred, with so much muck and tack about, it often gets forgotten just how clinically great Schaffner’s movie is. If ever there was a film that deserves to be a standalone, this is the one. Follow Heston’s brawny Taylor from the pitiful planting of the stars and stripes at the beginning, to that monumental ending, and then leave it at that, do not pass go, do not venture further into any sort of monkey business. No sequel necessary, for Planet of the Apes to truly hit you with maximum impact, it all needs to end right there on that shoreline. As the great Rod Serling intended in fact.

Thematically the picture is acknowledged as being caustically strong, a sociological allegory, with pinches of racial animus just for flavouring. It might be under the guise of a sci-fi movie, but the makers aren’t trying to hide it. Whilst the narrative twitches with comment, whoosh was that an aside to the Scopes trial? Film is also full of visceral thrills, pop-culture references and unnerving (alienation like) photographic beauty. The former comes with the hunt sequence, where we first meet gorilla’s on horses, with guns and attitude, the latter with Shamroy’s Panavision/De Luxe colour lensing of the California and Arizona locations. All enhanced by Goldsmith’s aural pinging percussive led score. And while we continue to remember some of those famous bits of dialogue, we also pick up on each revisit to the film those little slices of humour slotted into the story – human see, human do indeed and the visual cheek of hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil…

Film of course hinges on Heston’s central human performance, of which he delivers athletic guts and subtle nuances in equal measure. Taylor’s character arc demands repeat viewings to fully appreciate what Heston brings to the role. Take in the cynical Taylor who wanders through the Forbidden Zone in the first quarter, then marry it up to the Taylor fighting for his life in the middle, and finally to the Taylor at the denouement, it’s a three pronged acting turn of some undervalued distinction. Not all muscular “presence” actors are/were able to be credible, Heston was. Around him in the monkey suits are true professionals, Hunter, McDowall, Evans (coming in for Robinson who feared for is health in the suit) and Whitmore, while Harrison in the non speaking human role of Nova does her job of looking gorgeous! All that’s left to say is that Schaffner, who would win the Academy Award for Best Director two years later for Patton, pulls it all together neatly. 10/10

Review By: John Chard Rating: 10 Date: 2018-12-22
The writers turned a not very good novel into an allegory on race and religion.

It also takes an nuclear stance which makes an impact in its finale.

Charlton Heston is Taylor. An astronaut, part of a crew of four on a long term space mission.

They crash landed in what looks like a deserted planet. Soon they encounter some hunter/gatherer human beings who do not speak. Then he finds apes on horseback who speak English.

The apes treat the humans like animals. Taylor is injured by the apes and is unable to speak at first.

A female ape who is a zoologist is shocked when Taylor speaks. The other apes see him as a threat. Taylor being able to talk and think is against what the apes have been taught. The answer lies in the forbidden zone as to what happened to the humans.

The movie raises issues regarding race relations, the treatment of animals and adherence to holy texts.

This is a powerful film famous for its twist ending.

Review By: DanDare Rating: 9 Date: 2019-12-19
Get your hands off this movie, you damn dirty remake!
It’s especially interesting that “Planet of the Apes” was released a few months before “2001: A Space Odyssey”, as they both look at the same question: what will become of humanity (and how did we originate)? Obviously, the really famous line is Charlton Heston’s snap at his captors, and the really famous scene is the end – which I won’t tell here for fear of spoiling the whole movie. And what an impressive movie it is! Unfortunately, I can’t say the same for Tim Burton’s remake. “POTA” should never have been remade. So, for a cinematic treat, stick to this one and avoid the remake.

One more thing is that some people have pointed out that the portrayals of the simians were kinda racist. The blond, cultured orangutans are the nobles; the dark-haired, mildly nervous chimpanzees are the scientists; and the dark-skinned, incompetent gorillas are the police. Oh well. It’s still a good movie.

Review By: lee_eisenberg Rating: 10 Date: 2006-03-20
Sci-fi classic.
Planet of the Apes starts as space mission that left Erath in 1972 to travel in space at the speed of light for six months crash lands on a planet that doesn’t look too dissimilar to Earth. Only three crew members survive, Taylor (Chartlon Heston), Landon (Robert Gunner) & Dodge (Jeff Burton) who find themselves in desert like conditions & struggling to survive the hostile planet. Just as all hope seems lost they encounter a tribe of humans who are then attacked by a group of man like talking Apes who have become the dominant race on the planet with man being the beast who are rounded up, put in zoos & experimented on. In the attack Landon & Dodge are lost while Taylor is shot in the the throat, unable to speak he is rounded up & put in a cage where kind Chimp female scientist named Zira (Kim Hunter) befriends Taylor & when he regains the ability to speak there are certain Ape hierarchy who want him dead so to preserve their own society & beliefs…

Directed by Franklin J. Schaffner after J. Lee Thompson who was originally set to direct pulled out to make Mackenna’s Gold (1969) this, I suppose, is considered as a true sci-fi classic & as I write this even makes it to number 228 in the IMDb’s Top 250 & since this is a forty year old film that’s pretty impressive going. The script from Twilight Zone host, creator & head writer Rod Serling & Michael Wilson was based on the novel Monkey Planet by Pierre Boulle although by all accounts refines it a little bit & adds that twist ending which surely everyone now knows, Planet of the Apes is a good solid sci-fi action adventure that uses the role reversal of a dominant Ape society living next to uncivilised wild human tribes to make some nice points about humanity, where we are going & has some strong social satire as well. From unfair trials to the religion versus science debate to prejudice to wanting to destroy what we don’t understand to the ultimate devastation of war. Sure it’s all good stuff, it’s well written & it’s very well put together & the fact most of the main character’s are talking Apes it’s deadly serious & it all works surprisingly well on various levels as a film that entertains & social satire that has meaning. Some of the sci-fi elements don’t add up though, I don’t believe the concept of time travel as described here & after a thousand odd years would that doll still be in perfect working order? Also I just don’t believe Taylor wouldn’t have guessed he was on Earth, I mean there are people there, Apes there, the technology is the same & the trees, sky water & terrain is exactly the same too so it wouldn’t exactly take a genius to realise or even make an educated guess. Then there’s that iconic twist ending, sure it’s a great image but the fact everyone knows about it means it might not have the impact it once did & the fact most should realise that this is Earth means it shouldn’t really come as much of a surprise. That’s a minor quibble though in an otherwise very good sci-fi film that probably just about deserves it’s classic status.

The one outstanding area of Planet of the Apes is the Oscar winning make-up effects which are really very impressive even forty years later, the effects are very convincing & while not as good as the remake (no matter what anyone tells you) they hold up extremely well. There are some well staged action scenes too, in particular the sequence about thirty minutes in when the Apes attack & kill numerous humans while on horseback complete with memorable images of the Apes standing over the dead bodies of several humans posing for photographs. The opening as the three astronaut’s walk through the harsh desert is also well shot & you can almost feel the heat & isolation. An extremely popular film at the time Planet of the Apes spawned four sequels, Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970), Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971), Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972) & Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973) as well as the short lived TV series Planet of the Apes (1974) & the animated TV series Return to the Planet of the Apes (1975) before it was remade as a hundred million blockbuster by Tim Burton back in 2001.

With a supposed budget of about $5,800,000 this wasn’t mega budget but all money went on screen it seems, this is a great looking & designed film. The acting is good especially from those wearing Apes make-up.

Planet of the Apes is considered a sci-fi classic & despite one or two minor flaws I would largely have to agree, it’s maybe one of those iconic films that everyone should see at least once.

Review By: poolandrews Rating: 7 Date: 2009-12-24

Other Information:

Original Title Planet of the Apes
Release Date 1968-02-07
Release Year 1968

Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 52 min (112 min), 1 hr 55 min (115 min) (Argentina)
Budget 5800000
Revenue 32589624
Status Released
Rated G
Genre Adventure, Sci-Fi
Director Franklin J. Schaffner
Writer Michael Wilson (screenplay by), Rod Serling (screenplay by), Pierre Boulle (based on the novel by)
Actors Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, Maurice Evans
Country USA
Awards Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 6 wins & 2 nominations.
Production Company Twentieth Century Fox, APJAC Productions
Website N/A

Technical Information:

Sound Mix 4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Camera N/A
Laboratory DeLuxe, Hollywood (CA), USA
Film Length 3,060 m
Negative Format 35 mm (Eastman 50T 5251)
Cinematographic Process Panavision (anamorphic)
Printed Film Format 35 mm

Planet of the Apes 1968 123movies
Planet of the Apes 1968 123movies
Planet of the Apes 1968 123movies
Planet of the Apes 1968 123movies
Planet of the Apes 1968 123movies
Planet of the Apes 1968 123movies
Planet of the Apes 1968 123movies
Planet of the Apes 1968 123movies
Planet of the Apes 1968 123movies
Planet of the Apes 1968 123movies
Original title Planet of the Apes
TMDb Rating 7.6 2,299 votes

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