Bewildered astronaut George Taylor (Heston) crash-lands on a strange planet ruled by intelligent apes who use primitive humans for experimentation and sport. Taylor quickly finds himself among the hunted as he struggles to escape the apes’ power — and uncover their darkest secret.
Director: Franklin J. Schaffner
STC Genre: Golden Fleece (Epic?)
- “Road” – first space travel, than travel to the “forbidden zone”
- “Team” – Taylor and the ape-scientists
- “Prize” – Taylor’s proof of intelligence = his freedom. Only he finds something more…
As they say, this is classic, and a very good one. The film is over 40 years old, and yet it’s idea is still as fresh and timely, if not more acute today than it was back then. It is a bit long and slow at times, but if you discount for the time period, it would be quite packed with action. The costumes and special effects are awesome – they may look simple, but they are believable and don’t get in the way of the story.