Conquest Of The Planet Of The Apes (1972)
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The time is the near future. Apes supplant dogs and cats as household pets, and replace servants as personal assistants -- until their continual mistreatment provokes one advanced ape from the future, Caesar, to lead a spectacular revolt.
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Title: Conquest Of The Planet Of The Apes
Release Date: June 29, 1972
Runtime: 88 mins
All Genres: Action, Sci-Fi
IMDB Rating: 5.8
Buried.com Rating: 6.8 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With C
MPAA Rating: PG
J. Lee Thompson
Roddy McDowall ...Caesar
Don Murray ...Breck
Natalie Trundy ...Lisa
Hari Rhodes ...MacDonald
Severn Darden ...Kolp
Lou Wagner ...Busboy
John Randolph ...Commission Chairman
Asa Maynor ...Mrs. Riley
H.M. Wynant ...Hoskyns (as H. M. Wynant)
David Chow ...Aldo
Buck Kartalian ...Frank - Gorilla
John Dennis ...Policeman
Paul Comi ...2nd Policeman
Gordon Jump ...Auctioneer
Dick Spangler ...Announcer
Joyce Haber ...Zelda
Hector Soucy ...Ape with Chain
Ricardo Montalban ...Armando
James Bacon ...Ape
Rayford Barnes ...Riot Control Commander in Plaza
William Bryant ...Man at Auction
Sam Chew Jr. ...Controller
Daniel Keough ...Jailguard
Ron Pinkard ...Controller
Frank Capra Jr.
Arthur P. Jacobs
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MacDonald: Caesar... Caesar! This is not how it was meant to be. Caesar: In your view or mine? MacDonald: Violence prolongs hate, hate prolongs violence. By what right are you spilling blood? Caesar: By the slave's right to punish his persecutor. MacDonald: I, a decedent of slaves am asking you to show humanity. Caesar: But, I was not born human. MacDonald: I know. The child of the evolved apes. Caesar: Whose children shall rule the earth. MacDonald: For better or for worse? Caesar: Do you think it could be worse? MacDonald: Do you think this riot will win freedom for all your people? By tomorrow... Caesar: By tomorrow it will be too late. Why a tiny, mindless insect like the emperor moth can communicate with another over a distance of 80 miles... MacDonald: An emperor ape might do slightly better? Caesar: Slightly? What you have seen here today, apes on the 5 continents will be imitating tomorrow. MacDonald: With knives against guns? With kerosene cans against flamethrowers? Caesar: Where there is fire, there is smoke. And in that smoke, from this day forward, my people will crouch and conspire and plot and plan for the inevitable day of Man's downfall - the day when he finally and self-destructively turns his weapons against his own kind. The day of the writing in the sky, when your cities lie buried under radioactive rubble! When the sea is a dead sea, and the land is a wasteland out of which I will lead my people from their captivity! And we will build our own cities in which there will be no place for humans except to serve our ends! And we shall found our own armies, our own religion, our own dynasty! And that day is upon you... now!
Caesar: But now... now we will put away out hatred. Now we will put down our weapons. We have passed through the Night of the Fires. And who were our masters are now our servants. And we, who are not human, can afford to be humane. Destiny is the will of God. And, if it is man's destiny to be dominated, it is God's will that he be dominated with compassion and understanding. So, cast out your vengeance. Tonight, we have seen the birth of the Planet of the Apes!
- (spoiler) The second half of the final scene with Lisa begging Caesar to show mercy and him giving his "equality" speech was added after the film's completion. This is why the final shot is only of Caesar's eyes and is of a grainy quality; the shot was just a cropped piece of footage from earlier in the film. Roddy McDowall was brought in the read the final lines, which were then edited into place. Originally the film ended on a darker note, with the gorillas mercilessly beating Breck and the other human survivors to death with their riffle butts (see alternate versions). Much of the same footage exists in both endings, but in the revised version film of the apes raising their riffles is played in reverse so it appears they are lowering them, and footage of the apes beating is cut to make it appear that they are cheering.
This marked Natalie Trundy's first appearance in ape make-up. In her previous appearances in the series she appeared as a human.
The jumpsuits worn by the apes were leftover costumes from the 1964-68 Fox TV series "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea" (1964). The Ape Management men's insignia patches and computer and electronic cabinets, all came from the Irwin Allen series, "The Time Tunnel" (1966). The large set that comprised Ape Management Center (where apes are processed and trained to become docile servants) is a re-dressed set of Adm. Matthew's office and the Triton Control complex from City Beneath the Sea (1971) (TV). Governor Breck's Ape Auction throne was first used in Taylor's spaceship in Planet of the Apes (1968). The same style chair is also used by passengers on the space-plane in "Land of the Giants" (1968).
Much of the film was shot in and around the University of California, Irvine campus, which was designed by futurist architect William L. Pereira, and was only six years old at the time of filming. Much of the production centered around the Social Science complex, which was designed by A.C. Martin & Associates and was still under construction during filming.
This is the only film from the original Planet of the Apes (1968) series of 5, that was not rated G, and the only entry released without a pre-title sequence. Reason: the opening was deemed too violent, and the producers wanted to avoid an R rating. The opening showed police on night patrol shooting an escaped ape and discovering his body covered with welts and bruises that are evidence of severe abuse. (Governor Breck and MacDonald refer to this incident in a scene that survived the final cut.) That and many other bloody images were deleted after a pre-release print was shown to a preview audience. The opening scene appears in the novelization and the comic book adaptation of the movie. On November, 2008, the Blu-Ray unrated version restored many of those graphic scenes, but not the pre-credit opening.
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