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Planet of the Apes (1968)

HD   G Closed Captioning

Franklin Schaffner

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About the Movie

Charlton Heston and Roddy McDowall star in this legendary science fiction masterpiece. Astronaut Taylor (Heston) crash lands on a distant planet ruled by apes who use a primitive race of humans for experimentation and sport. Soon Taylor finds himself among the hunted, his life in the hands of a benevolent chimpanzee scientist (McDowall).

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 50
  • Fresh: 45
  • Rotten: 5
  • Average Rating: 7.6/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Planet of the Apes is an amazing film. – Variety Staff, Variety, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: It is quickly paced, completely entertaining, and its philosophical pretensions don't get in the way. – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Planet of the Apes is one of those rare films whose historical impact outweighs its quality. It's a good film, but not a classic. – James Berardinelli, ReelViews, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: It's a film to see, all right, and it does confirm Schaffner's talent. It is only that one can now see more clearly the limits of that talent, limits which are much narrower than I had hoped. – Richard Roud, Guardian, Nov 3, 2015

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Customer Reviews


It's such a legendary and amazing piece for 1968. I watch 5 times a week on my iPad because it's so terrific.

original movies are and always will be better

this one was much,much better then the remake

the best ever

one of the best movies ever made and will always stand the teat of time.a must see, the remake is ok but lacks it all.

Planet of the Apes (1968)
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy
  • Released: 1968

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  1. Planet of the Apes Legacy Bundle, 20th Century Fox Film