Escape From the Planet of the Apes (1971)

Article #216 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing date: 10-18-2001
Posting date: 3-3-2002

Three chimps escape from the nuclear devastation of Earth in the future to arrive in the present day. Their presence startles the world, and the government begins to get paranoid after discovering what the future may hold for the human race.

I had fond memories of seeing this movie as a kid, and the scenes I remember best (the scene where Zira aces several intelligence tests but doesn’t eat the banana, Zira fainting at the sight of a large animal on display in a museum and revealing her pregnancy, and the memorable final scenes of the film) were pretty much as I remember them. However, I have problems with the movie nowadays; the scenes where the chimps share their wisdom with the world (particularly Zira’s address to a woman’s group) seem horribly trite, and much of the movie is dull and clumsy. Also, the use of a man in a gorilla suit (who kills one of the chimps) looks horribly fake; I’m surprised they were still using that approach at this late a date. And


I’m surprised that this movie got a G rating in theaters; the shooting of the baby, bloodless as it is, seems far too intense for the very young.

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