Battle for the Planet of the Apes
After conquering the oppressive humans in “Conquest for the Planet of the Apes”, Caesar must now keep the peace among the humans and apes. Gorilla General Aldo views things differently, and tries to cause an ape civil war. In the meantime, other human survivors learn of the ape city, and decide they want to take back civilization for themselves, thus setting the stage of warring ape factions and humans.
Plot Keywords: caesar-character / cornelius-character / ape / gorilla / general
Taglines: The final chapter in the incredible Apes saga. The most suspenseful showdown ever filmed as two civilizations battle for the right to inherit what’s left of the earth!
Certificate: Australia:PG | Australia:NRC | Brazil:Livre | Canada:PG | Finland:K-12 | Iceland:L | Netherlands:14 | Norway:16 | Singapore:PG | Spain:T | Sweden:15 | United Kingdom:A | United Kingdom:PG (video rating) | United States:G | West Germany:12 (f)
Cast: Roddy McDowall , Claude Akins , Natalie Trundy , Severn Darden , Lew Ayres , John Huston , Paul Williams , Austin Stoker , Noah Keen , Richard Eastham , France Nuyen , Paul Stevens , Heather Lowe , Bobby Porter , Michael Stearns , Cal Wilson , Pat Cardi , John Landis , Andy Knight , James Bacon , Eric Braeden , Colleen Camp , Paula Crist , Jimmy Gambina , David Gerrold , Dominique Green , Kim Hunter , Sam Maronie , Lou Wagner
Company: Apjac International
Country: United States
Released Date: 15 Jun 1973 (USA)
Film Location: 20th Century Fox Ranch, Malibu Creek State Park – 1925 Las Virgenes Road, Calabasas, California, USA
Runtime: 93 min
Soundmix: Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1
simon-118 » I've never known anyone say a good thing about this movie! To me it would have been far better if they had never made any sequels, the original movie was on a far higher level than the sequels ever aspired to. It was a ci9nematic masterpiece which I can't praise highly enough. I hated Beneath…it was hammy, boring and dull, with some badly judged humour and really could have been made without any actors in ape make-up, just a standard adventure. Escape had its moments, veering from cringe inducing slapstick to dark moments of intelligence, and Conquest is certainly depressing but badly misguided. Then came Battle. To be honest it looks like a tv movie, has no cinematic scale or visual ambition. What it does possess is compassion, which the other films lack. It tries to end the series in diminuendo, and for me works. The insight into the middle stage between human and ape is fascinating, and the gorillas have the menace again they lacked totally in Beneath. The most fascinating aspect is the "ape has killed ape" subplot, which is a great piece of moral soul-searching, big budget or not. Lord Of The Flies seems to have invaded the concept somewhere and the movie is pensive and reflective, and the ending is gorgeous. The allegorical tone of the first film is returned, albeit very heavy handed, but the chimp/ gorilla conflict and the school/ war games mixtures made for me a very sensible way of closing the book at long last. It's the only sequel I would dash home to watch of them all. "I guess you might say they just joined the human race."
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