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Planet of the Apes

Film poster for Planet of the Apes (2001)
Directed by Tim Burton
Produced by Richard D. Zanuck
Written by Pierre Boulle (novel)
William Broyles Jr.
Lawrence Konner
Mark Rosenthal
Starring Mark Wahlberg
Tim Roth
Helena Bonham Carter
Michael Clarke Duncan
Estella Warren
Music by Danny Elfman
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date(s) July 27, 2001 (USA)
Running time 119 min.
Language English
Budget $100,000,000 US (est)
Gross revenue $359,100,000
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Planet of the Apes is a 2001 science fiction film directed by Tim Burton and adapted by William Broyles Jr., Lawrence Konner and Mark Rosenthal from the novel La planète des singes by Pierre Boulle and the earlier film adaptation. The film features an astronaut finding himself on a planet where humans are enslaved by apes. It stars Mark Wahlberg, Tim Roth, Helena Bonham Carter, Michael Clarke Duncan, Paul Giamatti, Estella Warren, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, David Warner and Kris Kristofferson. It was released on July 27, 2001. Charlton Heston, star of the 1968 version, also makes a cameo appearance, as does Linda Harrison. This article is about the book. ... Planet of the Apes is a 1968 science fiction film about an astronaut (Charlton Heston) who finds himself stranded on an Earth-like planet two thousand years in the future. ... A film poster for Planet of the Apes (2001), contended as fair use. ... Timothy Tim William Burton (born August 25, 1958) is an Academy Award-nominated American film director, writer and designer. ... Richard Darryl Zanuck (born December 13, 1934) is an American movie producer. ... 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). ... William Broyles Jr. ... For the actor and television game show host, see Mark L. Walberg. ... Tim Roth (born 14 May 1961, as Timothy Simon Smith in Dulwich, London) is an Academy Award-nominated English film actor and director. ... Helena Bonham Carter (born May 26, 1966) is an Academy Award-nominated British actress, known for her roles in the films A Room with a View, Howards End, and Fight Club. ... Michael Clarke Duncan (born December 10, 1957) is an academy award nominated actor who has starred in a number of successful films. ... Estella Dawn Warren (born December 23, 1978 in Peterborough, Ontario) is a Canadian actress, former fashion model, and a former synchronized swimmer. ... Daniel Robert Elfman (born May 29, 1953 in Los Angeles, California) is an American singer-songwriter who led the rock band Oingo Boingo from 1976 until its breakup in 1995, and has since 1985s Pee-Wees Big Adventure worked as a film score composer. ... 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. ... is the 208th day of the year (209th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... 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. ... Timothy Tim William Burton (born August 25, 1958) is an Academy Award-nominated American film director, writer and designer. ... William Broyles Jr. ... 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). ... Planet of the Apes is a 1968 science fiction film in which an astronaut finds himself 2,000+ years in the future stranded on an earth-like planet, in which humans are enslaved by apes. ... Astronaut Bruce McCandless II using a manned maneuvering unit outside the U.S. Space Shuttle Challenger in 1984. ... For the actor and television game show host, see Mark L. Walberg. ... Tim Roth (born 14 May 1961, as Timothy Simon Smith in Dulwich, London) is an Academy Award-nominated English film actor and director. ... Helena Bonham Carter (born May 26, 1966) is an Academy Award-nominated British actress, known for her roles in the films A Room with a View, Howards End, and Fight Club. ... Michael Clarke Duncan (born December 10, 1957) is an academy award nominated actor who has starred in a number of successful films. ... Paul Edward Valentine Giamatti (born June 6, 1967) is an Academy Award-nominated American actor. ... Estella Dawn Warren (born December 23, 1978 in Peterborough, Ontario) is a Canadian actress, former fashion model, and a former synchronized swimmer. ... Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (田川洋行, born 27 September 1950 in Tokyo, Japan) is a Japanese American actor. ... David Warner David Warner (born July 29, 1941 in Manchester, England) is an English actor who often plays sinister or evil characters. ... Kristoffer Kris Kristofferson (born June 22, 1936) is an influential American country music songwriter, singer and actor. ... is the 208th day of the year (209th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... This article contains a trivia section. ... Linda Harrison as Nova in Planet of the Apes. ...


The film was panned by critics and attracted much derision from many fans of the older Ape films. In particular, the film attempted to imitate its earlier namesake by revealing a plot twist at the end. This twist resembles the one featured at the end of the original Boulle novel. However, this remained largely obscure and was considered by many to be a (perhaps deliberate) non sequitur. Burton's DVD commentary suggests that the ending was intended as a cliffhanger rather than a twist, to be explained and resolved in a sequel which, due to the film's poor response from critics, never materialized, although it was still a fair financial success.[1] Prior to the film's release, Tim Burton indicated his desire to "reimagine" the other films in the Apes movie series. A Plot twist is a change (twist) in the direction or expected outcome of the plot of a film or novel. ... Non sequitur is Latin for it does not follow. ... For other uses, see Cliffhanger (disambiguation). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

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Plot

In the year 2029, onboard the Oberon space station we are introduced to a young astronaut, Leo Davidson (Mark Wahlberg), who works closely with primates who are trained for dangerous space missions. His favorite simian co-worker is a chimpanzee named Pericles. For the actor and television game show host, see Mark L. Walberg. ... Families Cebidae Aotidae Pitheciidae Atelidae Cercopithecidae Hylobatidae Hominidae The simians (infraorder Simiiformes) are the higher primates very common to most people: the monkeys and the apes, including humans. ... Pericles or Perikles (ca. ...


Suddenly an alert sounds - an enormous electromagnetic storm is approaching the station. The Oberon's commander decides to send out a small space pod piloted by Pericles to probe the storm. Pericles' pod heads into the storm and disappears. Against his orders, Leo steals a second pod and goes in pursuit of Pericles. Entering the storm, Leo loses contact with the Oberon and his pod tumbles through a vortex, finally arriving in orbit over a strange world in the year 5021. Leo takes his vehicle planetside and crashes it into a dense jungle.


Emerging from his damaged vessel, Leo hears the sound of people running. Suddenly, a group of primitive humans emerge and, after staring strangely at his attire, continue to flee in terror. They are being pursued by large humanoid apes on horseback, who speak in human tongue. While running, Leo meets General Thade (Tim Roth), a chimp-like humanoid who is first in command of the ape military forces. He also meets Attar (Michael Clarke Duncan), an enormous gorilla who appears to be Thade's right-hand-man and captain of the army. The humans are eventually rounded up and hauled back to the Ape City where they are to be sold off as slaves. Tim Roth (born 14 May 1961, as Timothy Simon Smith in Dulwich, London) is an Academy Award-nominated English film actor and director. ... Michael Clarke Duncan (born December 10, 1957) is an academy award nominated actor who has starred in a number of successful films. ...


Once freed from the cage, Leo meets Limbo (Paul Giamatti), an orangutan who works in the trade business of human slaves. In Limbo's human pet shop, a female chimpanzee named Ari (Helena Bonham Carter) shows up to protest the awful treatment of the humans. Taking an interest in Leo, Ari decides to buy him and a female slave named Daena (Estella Warren) and have them work as servants in the house of her father (David Warner). Paul Edward Valentine Giamatti (born June 6, 1967) is an Academy Award-nominated American actor. ... Type species Simia pygmaeus Linnaeus, 1760 Orangutan distribution Species Pongo pygmaeus Pongo abelii The orangutans are two species of great apes known for their intelligence and their long arms and reddish-brown hair. ... 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 in the genus Pan. ... Helena Bonham Carter (born May 26, 1966) is an Academy Award-nominated British actress, known for her roles in the films A Room with a View, Howards End, and Fight Club. ... Estella Dawn Warren (born December 23, 1978 in Peterborough, Ontario) is a Canadian actress, former fashion model, and a former synchronized swimmer. ... David Warner David Warner (born July 29, 1941 in Manchester, England) is an English actor who often plays sinister or evil characters. ...


Upon being introduced to their new owner and the other human servants, Leo and Daena are to wait on General Thade and his henchmen, who are having a dinner meeting at Ari's fathers house. Thade briefly discusses his dying father, but then attacks Leo. As a result, Leo and Daena are sent back to the kitchen for disturbing the peace. After the meeting, Leo escapes his cage and frees the other humans, whom he enlists as his new allies. They are in the midst of escaping when Ari spots them. Leo manages to convince Ari to join their cause and she accompanies the escapees along with her protector Krall (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa), another enormous gorilla who is not sure of Leo's intentions. Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (田川洋行, born 27 September 1950 in Tokyo, Japan) is a Japanese American actor. ...


After Attar and Thade kill Daena's father, Attar informs him of the facts. Thade believes that Ari was kidnapped by the humans, and makes use of this situation to gain absolute power as dictator of Ape City. Thade then marches Ape armies in pursuit of the renegade humans.


Leo and the others flee to Calima - (the temple of Semos), a forbidden but holy site for the apes. Once there, Leo discovers the holy temple is in fact the Oberon, his former space station, which has crashed on the planet's surface and looks ancient. According to the computer logs, the station has been there for thousands of years (Leo explains the ship's nuclear power source was built to last forever). Leo deduces that when he entered the vortex he was pushed forward in time, while the Oberon searching after him was not - and it crashed on the planet long before he did. The Oberon's log reveals that the apes onboard organized a mutiny and took control of the vessel after it crashed. The human and ape survivors of the struggle left the ship and their descendants are the people Leo has encountered since landing.


Thade's forces soon arrive at the Oberon and begin their advance. Leo ignites the fuel inside the ship which knocks back the first wave of ape warriors, gaining a temporary reprieve. Then the apes regroup to battle the humans anew.


In the middle of the battle, Attar and Krall (who apparently know each other) begin fighting, which soon results in Attar's victory. A familiar vehicle descends from the sky and is identified immediately by Leo. It is the pod piloted by Pericles, the chimp astronaut. Apparently, Pericles got pushed forward in time just like Leo and has just now found his way to the planet. When Pericles lands, the apes interpret his landing as the arrival of Semos, the first ape, who is their god. They bow, and hostilities between humans and apes immediately cease.


General Thade chases Leo into the Oberon, where he attacks Pericles and breaks his leg. After a brief skirmish with Leo, Thade becomes trapped in a portion of the ship and cannot get out, as Leo has closed the sliding bullet-proof doors. Thade tries to reason with Attar, begging him to let him out, but Attar declines, as does Ari (who is actually Thade's love interest). With the ape leader defeated, Leo decides it is time for him to leave the Planet of the Apes, after he says goodbye to Daena, who loves him.


Leo climbs aboard Pericles' pod, which is undamaged, and uses it to travel back in time. Leo crashes on what appears to be a futuristic Washington DC on Earth. He looks up to see the Lincoln Memorial is now a monument in honor of General Thade. As a swarm of ape police officers descend on Leo, he (and the audience) wonders what has happened to his world. Flag Seal Nickname: DC, The District Motto: Justitia Omnibus (Justice for All) Location Location of Washington, D.C., with regard to the surrounding states of Maryland and Virginia. ... The monument, which is on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., is a United States Presidential Memorial built to honor 16th President Abraham Lincoln. ...


Critical response

The film received mostly negative reviews from critics, mostly because of the contrast of its ending compared to the original 1968 film. Roger Ebert commented that "Ten years from now, it will be the 1968 version that people are still renting". Other critics commented on the disappointment they suffered after expecting a good film from the highly regarded director Tim Burton. Kirk Honeycutt said "The movie fails to rise to the high emotional and imaginative standards Burton has set for himself". Roger Joseph Ebert (born June 18, 1942) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American film critic. ...


Awards

Group Award Won?
2001 Golden Raspberry Awards
Worst Supporting Actress to Estella Warren No
Group Award Won?
2001 Golden Raspberry Awards
Worst Remake or Sequel Yes

The 22nd Golden Raspberry Awards were held on March 23, 2002 at the Abracadabra Theater at Magicopolis in Santa Monica, California, to recognise the worst the movie industry had to offer in 2001. ... Estella Dawn Warren (born December 23, 1978 in Peterborough, Ontario) is a Canadian actress, former fashion model, and a former synchronized swimmer. ... The 22nd Golden Raspberry Awards were held on March 23, 2002 at the Abracadabra Theater at Magicopolis in Santa Monica, California, to recognise the worst the movie industry had to offer in 2001. ...

Trivia

  • Due to a series of remakes that were both critical and commercial failures in the 1990s, the term "Re-Imagining" was created to describe this film to distance it from the stigma that had become attached to so many modern-day remakes. The term would go on to be used by other resurrected franchises, most notably Battlestar Galactica, Batman Begins and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
  • Karl Vasich, the officer who commands the Oberon, is referred to as 'commander'. His actual rank is shown on his uniform, as he wears the three stars of a Lieutenant General and is, like all other Oberon crewmembers, a United States Air Force officer. Commander refers to his commanding of the Oberon.
  • Lt. Colonel Alexander, at the beginning of the movie, clearly calls the super intelligent ape "Seamus" (shay-mus). This shows the corruption in ape society from the beginning (the crash of the Oberon) to modern (Thade's era) times. This is also shown with the name 'Calima' (the apes' name for the forbidden zone), later revealed to originate from a badly corroded sign on the Oberon: CAution, LIve aniMAls.
  • This project did not originate with Tim Burton. Other directors who were attached to the project at various times were Oliver Stone and James Cameron who was interested with Arnold Schwarzenegger in the lead. Terry Hayes, screenwriter for The Road Warrior wrote a draft Return To The Planet Of The Apes which was a sequel/remake to the original series.
  • James Cameron has stated the film's critical failure is because the studio hired the wrong director and although he loves Burton's films, his late involvement makes it the only film that doesn't look like one of his movies.
  • Tim Burton has stated the plan was for sequels to carry the names of the original films, although the plots would likely differ.
  • Charlton Heston had a small, uncredited role as Zaius, Thade's Father,[1] where he repeated the lines "Damn them, damn them all to hell."
  • The symbol of Ape City (the open circle with the vertical line) represents the Oberon, their origin.
  • Mark Wahlberg refused to go shirtless (or wearing the loincloth Charlton Heston wears in the original film) because of his history as an underwear model.
  • The only gun the apes have is owned by Thade's dying father played by Charlton Heston, gun rights activist and former President of the National Rifle Association.
  • Parts of the film were shot at the Trona Pinnacles.[2]
  • At the beginning of the film, ape soldier Attar says "Take your stinking hands off me you damned dirty human," a reference to the famous Charlton Heston quote from the 1968 film: "Take your stinking paws off me you damned dirty ape."

In cinema, a remake is a work that has the same story, and often the same title, as a work that was made earlier. ... For the band, see 1990s (band). ... This article is about the 2004 television series. ... Batman Begins is a 2005 superhero film based on the fictional DC Comics character Batman. ... The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is a 2003 film, a re-imagining of the 1974 film The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. ... Lieutenant General is a military rank used in many countries. ... The United States Air Force (USAF) is the aerial warfare branch of the United States armed forces and one of the seven uniformed services. ... Timothy Tim William Burton (born August 25, 1958) is an Academy Award-nominated American film director, writer and designer. ... William Oliver Stone (born September 15, 1946), known simply as Oliver Stone, is a three-time Academy Award-winning American film director and screenwriter. ... James Francis Cameron (born August 16, 1954) is a three-time Academy Award winning director, producer and screenwriter. ... Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger (German pronunciation (IPA): ) (born July 30, 1947) is an Austrian-American bodybuilder, actor, and politician, currently serving as the 38th Governor of the U.S. state of California. ... Terry Hayes is an English screenwriter and producer born on the 8 October 1951. ... Road Warrior redirects here. ... James Francis Cameron (born August 16, 1954) is a three-time Academy Award winning director, producer and screenwriter. ... This article contains a trivia section. ... For the actor and television game show host, see Mark L. Walberg. ... This article contains a trivia section. ... The phrase Gun politics refers to the views of different people within a particular country as to what degree of control (increased gun rights vs. ... This article concerns the National Rifle Association of the USA. For the UK organisation, see National Rifle Association of the United Kingdom The National Rifle Association, or NRA, is a non-profit group for the promotion of marksmanship, firearm safety, and the protection of hunting and personal protection firearm rights... The Trona Pinnacles are some of the most unique geological features in the California Desert Conservation Area. ... This article contains a trivia section. ...

Ape Lincoln

In Kevin Smith's Q&A DVD An Evening with Kevin Smith recalls, along with his connection to Burton on a failed Superman project, an odd coincidence about this film. Smith explained that, while talking to reporter friend Lou Lumenick about Planet of the Apes, he saw that the film's twist ending, which depicted an ape head in place of Lincoln's at the Lincoln Memorial, was similar to a panel from Smith's comic book mini-series Chasing Dogma, in which apes take Lincoln's head off the monument and replace it with the ape head. Kevin Patrick Smith (born August 2, 1970) is an American screenwriter, film director, and the founder of View Askew Productions. ... An Evening with Kevin Smith is a DVD featuring Question and Answer sessions that the writer and filmmaker Kevin Smith held with his fans at various American colleges, including: Clark University, Cornell University, Indiana University, Kent State University and University of Wyoming. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Chasing Dogma is a comic mini-series that chronicles the events of the two fictional stoners Jay and Silent Bob between two of their films: Chasing Amy and Dogma. ...


Smith and Louserman joked about releasing a tongue-in-cheek article about Smith contemplating legal action against 20th Century Fox. However, when the article was actually printed, it did not come off as a tongue in cheek remark. In the article, Burton stated "Anyone who knows me knows that I would never read a comic book and I would especially never read anything written by Kevin Smith." Smith jokingly remarked that Burton's statement "explains Batman." 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. ... Batman is an American Academy Award-winning superhero film based on the DC Comics character Batman created by Bill Finger and Bob Kane. ...


The remake's ending is actually closer to that of the book on which the original films were based. In the book, the protagonist returns to Earth from the planet of the apes only to find that Earth itself is populated by apes, and that after his hundreds of years (relative) of space travel apes are the dominant species in the galaxy. The famous Statue of Liberty scene was an alteration made in the original movie. NGC 4414, a typical spiral galaxy in the constellation Coma Berenices, is about 17,000 parsecs in diameter and approximately 20 million parsecs distant. ...


References

  1. ^ Planet of the Apes at the Internet Movie Database - Full Cast List
  2. ^ David Kelly, Stark Beauty, Solitude, Squalor and Sulfur -- Trona Has It All, The Los Angeles Times, October 4, 2006, Accessed December 28, 2006.

The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) is an online database of information about movies, actors, television shows, production crew personnel, and video games. ...

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