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Encyclopedia > Planet of the Apes (1968 film)
Planet of the Apes
Directed by Franklin J. Schaffner
Produced by Mort Abraham
Arthur P. Jacobs
Written by Novel:
Pierre Boulle
Screenplay:
Michael Wilson
Rod Serling
Starring Charlton Heston
Roddy McDowall
Kim Hunter
Maurice Evans
James Whitmore
James Daly
Linda Harrison
Music by Jerry Goldsmith
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date(s) Flag of the United States February 8, 1968
Running time 112 min
Country Flag of the United States United States
Language English
Budget $5,800,000
Followed by Beneath the Planet of the Apes
Allmovie profile
IMDb profile

Planet of the Apes is a 1968 science fiction film loosely based on the novel La planète des singes by Pierre Boulle. The film stars Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter and veteran Shakespearean actor Maurice Evans. The film was ground-breaking for its make-up techniques by artist John Chambers.[1] The script was originally written by Rod Serling but had many rewrites before eventually being made.[2] Changes included character names and a more primitive ape society, instead of the more expensive idea of having futuristic buildings and advanced technology.[3] Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... This article is about the book. ... This article is about the 2001 film. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1912x2764, 697 KB) Summary The poster for the film Planet of the Apes. ... Franklin James Schaffner (May 30, 1920 - July 2, 1989) was an American film director. ... Arthur Jacobs was a twentieth century film producer responsible for numerous classic films of the 1960s and 1970s, including the Planet of the Apes series, Dr. Doolittle, Goodbye, Mr. ... Pierre Boulle (20 February 1912 – 30 January 1994) was a French novelist largely known for two famous works, The Bridge over the River Kwai (1952) and Planet of the Apes (1963). ... For other persons named Michael Wilson, see Michael Wilson (disambiguation). ... Rodman Edward Rod Serling (December 25, 1924 – June 28, 1975) was an American screenwriter, most famous for his science fiction anthology television series, The Twilight Zone. ... Charlton Heston (born October 4, 1924) is an US-american film actor, known for playing larger-than-life heroic roles such as Moses in The Ten Commandments, Colonel George Taylor in Planet of the Apes, and Judah Ben-Hur in Ben-Hur. ... Roderick Andrew Anthony Jude McDowall (September 17, 1928 – October 3, 1998) was an English/American actor. ... Kim Hunter (November 12, 1922 – September 11, 2002) was an Academy Award-winning American film and stage actress. ... Maurice Evans (born June 3, 1901 in Dorset; died March 12, 1989 in East Sussex) was a British-born actor who became a US citizen in 1941. ... Whitmore in The Asphalt Jungle James Allen Whitmore (born October 1, 1921) is an American film actor. ... James Daly (born October 23, 1918; died July 3, 1978) was an American actor born in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. ... Linda Harrison as Nova in Planet of the Apes. ... Jerrald King Jerry Goldsmith (February 10, 1929 – July 21, 2004) was an American film score composer from Los Angeles, California. ... Twentieth (20th) Century Fox Film Corporation (known from 1935 to 1985 as Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation) is one of the six major American film studios. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... is the 39th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... The year 1968 in film involved some significant events. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... The United States dollar is the official currency of the United States. ... Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970), is the first of four sequels to Planet of the Apes (1968), with James Franciscus, Kim Hunter, and Charlton Heston in a supporting role. ... Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... This article is about the book. ... Pierre Boulle (20 February 1912 – 30 January 1994) was a French novelist largely known for two famous works, The Bridge over the River Kwai (1952) and Planet of the Apes (1963). ... Charlton Heston (born October 4, 1924) is an US-american film actor, known for playing larger-than-life heroic roles such as Moses in The Ten Commandments, Colonel George Taylor in Planet of the Apes, and Judah Ben-Hur in Ben-Hur. ... Roderick Andrew Anthony Jude McDowall (September 17, 1928 – October 3, 1998) was an English/American actor. ... Kim Hunter (November 12, 1922 – September 11, 2002) was an Academy Award-winning American film and stage actress. ... Maurice Evans (born June 3, 1901 in Dorset; died March 12, 1989 in East Sussex) was a British-born actor who became a US citizen in 1941. ... Rodman Edward Rod Serling (December 25, 1924 – June 28, 1975) was an American screenwriter, most famous for his science fiction anthology television series, The Twilight Zone. ...


The film was well received by critics and audiences, launching a film franchise,[4] including four sequels, as well as a short lived television show, animated series, comic books, various merchandising, and eventually a remake in 2001. McDowall had a long-running relationship with the Apes series, appearing in the original series of five films (one only via stock footage from an earlier film), and also in the television series, and the animated series. A media franchise is an intellectual property involving the characters, setting, and trademarks of an original work of media (usually a work of fiction), such as a film, a work of literature, a television program, or a video game. ... This article is about the 2001 film. ...

Contents

Plot

Astronauts Taylor, Landon, and Dodge are in deep hibernation when their spaceship (non-canonically known as Icarus) crash-lands in a lake on an unknown planet in the year 3978 following a 2006-year voyage at almost the speed of light (however due to time dilation the crew has only aged 18 months). The astronauts awaken to find that their fourth companion and only female, Stewart, has died in space due to an air leak and their ship is sinking. They use an inflatable raft to reach shore. Once there, Dodge performs a soil test and pronounces the soil incapable of sustaining life. Taylor suggests they are on a planet in the constellation of Orion some 320 light years from Earth but admits he is not sure. Colonel George Taylor, played by leading man Charlton Heston, is an American astronaut, and the leader of a space expedition, in the 1968 movie Planet of the Apes. ... This article is about suspended animation in a medical context. ... The Icarus is the name given to the spacecraft seen in the Planet of the Apes movies and TV series. ... Time dilation is the phenomenon whereby an observer finds that anothers clock which is physically identical to their own is ticking at a slower rate as measured by their own clock. ... Look up Orion in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... A light year, abbreviated ly, is the distance light travels in one year: roughly 9. ...

The crew abandons their spaceship.
The crew abandons their spaceship.

The three astronauts set off through the desert, finding first a single plant and then others. They find an oasis at the edge of the desert where they decide to take a swim, ignoring strange 'scarecrows'. While they are swimming, someone steals their clothes. Pursuing the thieves, the astronauts find their clothes in shreds and the perpetrators — a group of mute, primitive humans — contentedly raiding a cornfield. But shortly, the astronauts and other humans are being pursued by gorillas on horseback. Dodge is shot and killed during the pursuit, while Taylor and Landon are captured and taken back to Ape City; Taylor is shot in the throat, but survives due to the surgical efforts of two chimpanzee scientists, Zira and Galen. Upon his recovery, Taylor is put in a cage with a woman, Nova, who was captured on the same hunt. Due to the throat injury, he has temporarily lost his ability to speak. Image File history File links Planet_of_the_Apes_Ship. ... Image File history File links Planet_of_the_Apes_Ship. ... Scarecrows in a rice paddy in Japan For other uses, see Scarecrow (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Gorilla (disambiguation). ... Type species Simia troglodytes Blumenbach, 1775 distribution of Species Pan troglodytes Pan paniscus Chimpanzee, often shortened to chimp, is the common name for the two extant species of apes in the genus Pan. ... Dr. Zira is a chimpanzee psychologist and veterinarian, who specialises in the study of humans, in the novel and subsequent movie series Planet of the Apes. ... Nova is the name of a fictional character in the novel Planet of the Apes by Pierre Boulle. ...


Taylor discovers that the apes, who can talk, are in control and are divided into a strict class system: the gorillas as police, military, and hunters; the orangutans as administrators, politicians and lawyers; and the chimpanzees as intellectuals and scientists. Humans, who cannot talk, are considered feral vermin and are hunted and used for scientific experimentation. For other uses, see Gorilla (disambiguation). ... This article is about the primate. ... Type species Simia troglodytes Blumenbach, 1775 distribution of Species Pan troglodytes Pan paniscus Chimpanzee, often shortened to chimp, is the common name for the two extant species of apes in the genus Pan. ...

Taylor imprisoned
Taylor imprisoned

Zira and her fiancé, Cornelius, an archaeologist, take an interest in Taylor because of his lip movements. While Cornelius and Zira are talking to their boss, Dr. Zaius, Taylor writes in the dirt and attempts to call Cornelius and Zira's attention to it, but he becomes frustrated when they do not notice the writing. Zaius sees some letters on the dirt and realizes that Taylor possesses intelligence and hastily erases the letters with his cane. Taylor manages to steal paper and a pencil from Zira and convinces her and Cornelius that he is intelligent. Image File history File links POTA68-taylor_cage_apes. ... Image File history File links POTA68-taylor_cage_apes. ... Dr. Cornelius is a chimpanzee archaeologist and historian, appearing in the original novel of Planet of the Apes (La Planete des Singes), and also the first three installments of the classic movie series of the same name, from the 1960s and 1970s. ... Dr. Zaius was a fictional character in the Pierre Boulle novel Planet of the Apes, and the film series and television series based upon it (although in Boulles novel, his honorific was Mi, not Doctor -- a term in the Ape language). ...

Taylor and Zaius at the "monkey trial"
Taylor and Zaius at the "monkey trial"

Zaius orders Taylor to be gelded (emasculated), but he makes an escape. Running through the ape city Taylor discovers the stuffed remains of astronaut Dodge on exhibit in a museum. He is recaptured and while hanging in a net stuns the crowd by speaking, shouting the famous line, "Take your stinking paws off me, you damn dirty ape!" He is put on trial to determine his origins (in a parody of the Scopes Monkey trial). During the trial, he is treated like a beast with little or no rights. During the trial Taylor talks about his comrades and explains that one was killed and the other lost. At this point the court is directed to a group of humans that were captured at the same time as Taylor where he sees Landon, who has been lobotomized. Landon isn't seen again but the sequel Beneath the Planet of the Apes revealed that he was killed. Image File history File links POTA68-trial. ... Image File history File links POTA68-trial. ... A gelding is a castrated animal—in English, a castrated male horse. ... The Scopes Trial of 1925 pitted William Jennings Bryan against Clarence Darrow and teacher John T. Scopes in an American court case that tested a law passed on March 13, 1925, forbidding the teaching of evolution in Tennessee public schools. ... Look up Lobotomy in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970), is the first of four sequels to Planet of the Apes (1968), with James Franciscus, Kim Hunter, and Charlton Heston in a supporting role. ...


Later, Taylor is taken to see Dr. Zaius, who threatens to lobotomize him as well if he doesn't tell the "truth" about where he came from. But Cornelius and Zira execute a plan to free Taylor, who insists that Nova also be brought along. They flee to the Forbidden Zone, where, a year earlier, Cornelius had discovered a cave with artifacts of an advanced society. Dr. Zaius, along with a band of gorilla soldiers, manages to find them. After a struggle, Taylor finds a talking human doll in the cave that proves that intelligent humans were on the planet long before the apes gained control. Taylor and Nova are allowed to escape on horseback. Zaius lets them go without further confrontation, knowing that Taylor will find "his destiny." After they leave, Zaius has the soldiers blow up the cave to prevent future research. Nova is the name of a fictional character in the novel Planet of the Apes by Pierre Boulle. ... The Forbidden Zone in the Planet of the Apes movie series is the barren, lifeless area declared off-limits to all apes. ... Nova is the name of a fictional character in the novel Planet of the Apes by Pierre Boulle. ...


Soon after his escape, in the final, iconic scene, Taylor discovers a damaged Statue of Liberty half-buried in the beach. He realizes that he has been on Earth all along, and that humanity must have destroyed its own civilization with war, thereby paving the way for the Planet of the Apes. For other monuments to freedom, see Monument of Liberty. ...

Production

Charlton Heston as Taylor.
Charlton Heston as Taylor.

In the late 1960s most studios were not convinced that this film was a feasible production. One script that came close to being made was written by Rod Serling, though it was finally rejected for a number of reasons. A prime concern was cost, as the technologically advanced ape society portrayed by Serling's script would have involved expensive sets, props and special effects. Serling's script was rewritten and the ape society made more primitive as way of eliminating many costly sets and special effects. His ending was retained, however, leading to one of the most famous movie endings of all time. The exact location and state of decay of the Statue of Liberty (as seen in the 1998 documentary Behind the Planet of the Apes) changed over several storyboards. One version depicted the statue buried up to its nose in the middle of a jungle while another depicted the statue in pieces. Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Rodman Edward Rod Serling (December 25, 1924 – June 28, 1975) was an American screenwriter, most famous for his science fiction anthology television series, The Twilight Zone. ...


In order to convince the Fox Studio that a Planet of the Apes film could really be made, the producers shot a brief test scene using early versions of the ape makeup. Charlton Heston appeared as an early version of Taylor (named Thomas, as he was in Rod Serling-penned drafts of the script), Edward G. Robinson appeared as Zaius, while then-unknown actors James Brolin and Linda Harrison played Cornelius and Zira. Harrison, who was the mistress of the head of the studio at the time, would later play Nova in the 1968 film and its first sequel, and have a cameo in the Tim Burton "reimagining" more than 30 years later (as did Heston). This test footage is included on several DVD releases of the film, as well as the documentary Behind the Planet of the Apes. Dr. Zaius was originally to have been played by Robinson, but he backed out due to the heavy make-up, and long sessions to apply it, that were required. (Robinson later made his final film, Soylent Green, opposite his one-time Ten Commandments co-star Heston.) Edward Goldenberg Robinson (born Emanuel Goldenberg, Yiddish: עמנואל גולדנברג; December 12, 1893 – January 26, 1973) was an American stage and film actor of Romanian origin. ... For the metal band, see Soilent Green. ... This article is about the 1956 film. ...


Shooting began on May 21, 1967, and ended on August 10, 1967. Most of the first scenes in the film were shot at Lake Powell and Glen Canyon Utah, as well as near Page, Arizona. The scenes of the crew paddling away from their crashed ship were shot on Lake Powell. The ape village was constructed and filmed on the Fox Ranch in Malibu Creek State Park, northwest of Los Angeles. The concluding beach scenes, including the remains of the Statue of Liberty, were shot near Point Dume, at the south end of Zuma Beach in Malibu.[5] is the 141st day of the year (142nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the 1967 Gregorian calendar. ... is the 222nd day of the year (223rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Lake Powell is a man-made reservoir on the Colorado River, straddling the border between Utah and Arizona. ... Glen Canyon Hite Crossing Bridge of Utah Highway 95 at Glen Canyon Glen Canyon, in southeastern and south central Utah and northwestern Arizona within the Vermilion Cliffs area, was carved by two rivers, the Colorado River and the San Juan River. ... Page is a city located in Coconino County, Arizona near Glen Canyon Dam and Lake Powell. ... Zuma Beach is a state beach in the community of Malibu, California in Los Angeles County. ...


Credits and awards

Academy Awards

Award Person
Honorary Award for outstanding achievement in Makeup in the movie John Chambers
Nominations
Best Costume Design Morton Haack
Best Score Jerry Goldsmith

It won an honorary Academy Award for John Chambers for his outstanding make-up achievement. It was nominated for Best Costume Design (Morton Haack) and Best Original Score for a Motion Picture (not a Musical). The score is known for its avant-garde compositional techniques, as well as the use of unusual percussion instruments and extended performance techniques. The Academy Honorary Award is given irregularly by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to celebrate motion picture achievements that are not covered by existing Academy Awards. ... John Chambers (b. ... This Academy Award was first given for movies made in 1948 when separate awards were given for black-and-white and color movies. ... The Academy Award for Original Music Score is presented to the best substantial body of music in the form of dramatic underscoring written specifically for the film by the submitting composer. ... Jerrald King Jerry Goldsmith (February 10, 1929 – July 21, 2004) was an American film score composer from Los Angeles, California. ... Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... John Chambers (b. ... This Academy Award was first given for movies made in 1948 when separate awards were given for black-and-white and color movies. ... The Academy Award for Original Music Score is presented to the best substantial body of music in the form of dramatic underscoring written specifically for the film by the submitting composer. ... Percussion instruments are played by being struck, shaken, rubbed or scraped. ...


Other awards

The movie is on several of the AFI lists but did not make the top 100 movies either time. However, the musical score by Jerry Goldsmith was picked as the 18th best film score in American Cinema according to AFI's 100 Years of Film Scores. Also according to the American Film Institute, it contains the 66th best movie line: "Take your stinking paws off of me you damn dirty ape!" This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Part of the AFI 100 Years. ... Part of the AFI 100 Years. ...


In 2001, Planet of the Apes was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". Ironically, this was the same year the critically savaged "reimagining" was released. The National Film Registry is the registry of films selected by the United States National Film Preservation Board for preservation in the Library of Congress. ... Construction of the Thomas Jefferson Building, from July 8, 1888 to May 15, 1894. ...


The film's final scene, based on the surprise ending of the original novel, frequently makes "best moments in film" and "best endings" lists.[citation needed] A Plot twist is a change (twist) in the direction or expected outcome of the plot of a film or novel. ...


Sequels

Planet of the Apes was followed by four sequels:

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The movie was "reimagined" in 2001; see Planet of the Apes (2001 film). Planet of the Apes was a short-lived science fiction television series that aired Friday evenings on CBS in 1974. ... The year 1974 in television involved some significant events. ... Return to the Planet of the Apes was a short-lived animated series, by DePatie-Freleng Enterprises, set in the Planet of the Apes universe, originally seen in the 1968 film starring Charlton Heston. ... The year 1975 in television involved some significant events. ... For the 1968 science-fiction film and novel, see 2001: A Space Odyssey The year 2001 in film involved some significant events. ... This article is about the 2001 film. ...


Marvel Comics produced full comic book adaptations of all the films, a number of original stories in the Apes universe, including Terror On The Planet Of The Apes, Future History Chronicles and others. This article is about the comic book company. ...


Cultural references

  • The writers of Mystery Science Theater 3000 made no secret of their admiration for the film; not only did their "riffs" during movies at times feature numerous quotes and references to the film, but during its' three seasons on the Sci-Fi Channel, the show introduced the charcter of Professor Bobo, a talking, bespectacled simian (played by Kevin Murphy) who was similar to the apes of the film. Bobo was different from the film's apes in that, despite being an eminent scientist, he could be extremely foolish at times and often reverted to more typical ape-like behaviors. He was introduced during the show's eighth season, during which the host segments featured an overarching storyline with plots similar to Planet of the Apes and its' sequel, Beneath the Planet of the Apes.
  • The Simpsons episode 3F15, "A Fish Called Selma", includes a musical parody; veteran actor Troy McClure dates Marge's sister and scores a comeback as Taylor in the stage-musical production "Stop the Planet of the Apes, I Want To Get Off!" We see McClure sing with breakdancing Gorillas as Dr. Zaius, offers him mental advice while the other apes act confused at the sight of a human capable of talking (and singing). The play eventually concludes with McClure discovering, to his horror, that he was on Earth all along: "Oh my god, I was wrong, it was Earth all along, you've finally made a monkey out of me. I love you Dr. Zaius."
  • In "The Simpsons" episode 1F13 "Deep Space Homer" Homer, joining NASA, explains at a news conference that he's relaxed about space travel: "The only danger is if they send us to that terrible planet of the apes. Wait a minute...Statue of Liberty... that was our planet! You maniacs! You blew it up! Damn you all to hell!" (This is a nice example of Simpsons dual parody: it also mimics the press conference from the 1983 adaptation of Tom Wolfe's The Right Stuff (film)). A number of other Simpsons episodes reference the film series: "I Married Marge", "Rosebud", "Bart of Darkness", "Bart's Girlfriend", "Pygmoelian" (Moe is judged by a soap-opera producer "Cornelius from Planet of the Apes ugly"), "Simpson Tide" (Homer dreams of a "Planet of the Doughnuts"), etc.
  • In the "Futurama" episode "Raging Bender" the Planet Express crew tries to agree on a movie. Dr. Zoidberg suggests, "Fellows, fellows, how about a film we can all enjoy? 'Planet of the Clams': It's about an upside-down world where lobster is slave to clam." The lobby poster is a close replica of the 1968 version.
  • 2005's Madagascar features a parody in which Alex has his bonfire, roughly shaped like the Statue of Liberty, destroyed and falls to his knees and curses aloud: "You burned it up! Darn you... Darn you all to heck!" to mimic the line "You Blew it up! Damn you! Damn you all to hell!"
  • The climax of the Mel Brooks film Spaceballs parodies Planet of the Apes by having the head and arm of Megamaid land on a planet inhabited by apes. Here, the Apes speak in English accents and find the idea of Spaceballs coming to the planet horrible ("Oh shit! There goes the planet"). The planet here may have been Earth as in the film Spaceballs, Earth is replaced by Planet Druidia.
  • A parody is included in Kids Next Door when numbah 4 finds himself on a "planet" of "Rainbow monkeys".
  • The 1970's ITV comedy show The Comedians regularly featured a sketch that was a pastiche of the opening lines of the TV show, and features a Maxx Wall like figure in place of an ape.
  • Another parody is featured in the episode "The Apes of Wrath" of the channel 4 series Garth Marenghi's Darkplace in which the hospitals staff are turned into apes. In one shot, ape guards walk past that bear more then a passing resemblance to gorilla solders from the film.
  • Another parody is featured on the cartoon Time Squad. The episode featured Tuddrussel squashing a fly in the Stone Age and as a result, it evolved into a huge, fire-breathing beast in medieval times. After he blasts it, the Squad is sent to the distant future where the role of Apes is replaced with Flies. Larry even screams the film's famed phrase, as a result of seeing the destroyed Statue of Liberty, and having his Emotion Filter on "Melodramatic".
  • Newstopia occasionally features a journalist Pilger Heston (played by Shaun Micallef, parodying Charlton Heston's portrayal of George Taylor). In one dual parody, he reveals to the world that American Electric Power had illegally modified their power plants to burn people, and is then dragged away by two apes wearing hardhats. As an additional non-sequitur, he is dragged past a replica of the Statue of Liberty, inciting him to shout Taylor's final lines from the film before screaming off-camera.
  • Crash of the Titans, a game featuring Crash Bandicoot, features a quick joke where Crash weeps at the site of N.Gin's large "Statue of Liberty"-shaped lair as it appears to have sunk into the beach. Perhaps another stab at the film is the fact that the level featuring the gag, and a few subsequent levels, feature Monkeys with exploding heads as common enemies.
  • Ape Escape features monkeys trying to overthrow humanity as its main plot line. Ape Escape 2 features the Statue of Liberty being carved into a monkey holding a banana. The third game in the series, Ape Escape 3, features a section of a level called "Planet of the Humans," which essentially was a large television set, so it was particularly unrealistic. A monkey is seen screaming to the Statue of Liberty, Monkey Cam reveals him to be asking, "This is a sequel?".

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Deviations from the novel

The film deviated from the original French novel in a number of ways:

  • The hero is not a French journalist named Ulysse Mérou, but an American astronaut named Colonel George Taylor.
  • The humans wear primitive clothing of animal skins, although they were naked in the novel.
  • The technology and general settings of the apes' towns are more primitive than in Boulle's original concept. This was a deliberate decision to reduce design and construction costs. Architectural elements were based on observations of ancient cave cities.
  • The apes speak perfect English, while they spoke a wholly different language in the book. Ulysse has to learn it to get acquainted, while in the movie, Taylor has a throat wound which prevents him from speaking at first.
  • In the original novel, the Planet of the Apes is located in the solar system of Betelgeuse and is not Earth. However the twist ending of the novel has Ulysse Mérou arriving back to Earth after his space flight to find out that that it has taken the exact same evolutionary path and that the Apes are now in control. Although it is a significantly different twist ending, it inspired Rod Serling's unique twist. (Boulle would later go on to say that he wished he had thought of Serling's ending.[citation needed])

References

  1. ^ Biography for John Chambers (I) IMDb.com, August 4, 2007
  2. ^ 30 Years Later: Rod Serling's Settling the Debate over Who Wrote What, and When. www.rodserling.com. Retrieved on 2007-08-04.
  3. ^ Those Damned Dirty Apes!. www.mediacircus.net. Retrieved on 2007-08-04.
  4. ^ Planet of the Apes (1968)A Film Review by James Berardinelli. www.reelviews.net. Retrieved on 2007-08-04.
  5. ^ imdb.com IMDb Filming Locations for Planet of the Apes, December 31, 2007

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  • The Hasslein Curve--A Timeline of the Planet of the Apes -- A massive timeline of all events from the films, TV series, cartoons, novels, comics and other tales.
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