Planet of the Apes (1968)

1968 | 112 minutes | Rated G

Franklin Schaffner’s sci-fi classic is one of the best counter-arguments to the conventional wisdom that avoiding spoilers is the most important part of enjoying a movie. For 50 years, this movie has been sold to audiences via the image of Charlton Heston beating up a beach in response to learning the planet of the apes is EARTH! And the film has managed to grow and maintain an appreciative audience anyway. It’s almost like the “what” of a story isn’t anywhere near as important as how the story is told—and the how of Planet of the Apes balances classiness and kitsch, elegance and chintz in a way that still packs a punch even when you know (maybe even because you know) what’s coming.

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Film Credits
Director
Franklin Schaffner
Cast
Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, Maurice Evans, James Whitmore, James Daly, Linda Harrison, Robert Gunner