Escape From the Planet of the Apes


In this third part in the Planet of the Apes series, Zira, Cornelius and a colleague of theirs end up on present-day earth; typically enough they become a novelty to bored Beverly Hills residents and a threat to paranoid politicians. Needless to say, it’s a reversed situation compared to the first movie. Roddy McDowall returns in the part he played in the original; he and Kim Hunter make their apes a couple of sympathetic prisoners in a primitive human world. This is all fairly predictable, but the amount of affection still makes this the best of the sequels.

1971-U.S. 98 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by Don Taylor. Cast: Roddy McDowall (Cornelius), Kim Hunter (Zira), Bradford Dillman (Lewis Dixon), Natalie Trundy, Eric Braeden, William Windom… Sal Mineo, Ricardo Montalban.

Trivia: Followed by Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972).


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