"Get your stinking paws off me, you damn dirty ape."
- Taylor (Charlton Heston)
"Get your stinking paws off me, you damned dirty ape."
Academy Awards 1968 -
Entertainment Weekly - 01/11/2002
"...The original shocked audiences, and in the process, kicked off sci-fi's first true franchise..."
Total Film - 12/01/2003
"...[A] classic....Seminal sci-fi..."
Complex sociological themes run through this science-fiction classic, about three astronauts marooned on a futuristic planet where apes rule and humans are slaves. The stunned trio discovers that these highly intellectual simians can both walk upright and talk. They have even established a class system and a political structure. The astronauts suddenly find themselves part of a devalued species, trapped and imprisoned by the apes. But one, Taylor, manages to break out and, aided by a pair of compassionate chimps, makes his escape to an uninhabited section of land. However, during the trek Taylor makes a startling, unsettling discovery about the planet--and realizes he's come full circle. PLANET OF THE APES is based on the novel by Pierre Boulle with a screenplay co-written by Rod Serling.
Description by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment:
Charlton Heston and Roddy McDowall star in this legendary science fiction masterpiece. Astronaut Taylor (Heston) crash lands on a distant planet ruled by apes 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 (McDowall).