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Beneath the Planet of the Apes Details


Sometime after the events of the first Planet of the Apes, the climax of which is repeated frame for frame at the beginning of this sequel, another set of astronauts arrives on the far-future Earth that is the titular planet. This time it's Brent (James Franciscus) who survives the crash landing and learns that evolved simians have taken over the world, post-apocalypse. After hooking up with Nova (Linda Harrison), the mute, fur bikini-clad beauty who spent the first film being squired by astronaut Taylor (Charlton Heston), Brent confers with Zira (Kim Hunter) and Cornelius (David Watson, giving Roddy McDowall his only break during the five-film series), the ape scientists whose adherence to scientific principles makes them friendly to the possibility of intelligent human life. Something of a military coup has taken place among the apes, who dispatch an army to the desolate "Forbidden Zone" where Taylor has coincidentally disappeared. With the apes and the humans both rooting about in the ruins of 20th century civilization, it's only a matter of time before they all find out what happened to the other survivors of the nuclear holocaust. ~ Brian J. Dillard, Rovi

  • Release date:May 26, 1970


James Franciscus
as Brent
Kim Hunter
as Zira
Maurice Evans
as Dr. Zaius
Linda Harrison
as Nova
Victor Buono
as Fat Man
James Gregory
as Ursus
Jeff Corey
as Caspay
Natalie Trundy
as Albina
Thomas Gomez
as Minister
Charlton Heston
as Taylor
Tod Andrews
as Skipper
Gregory Sierra
as Verger
Lou Wagner
as Lucius


Ted Post
Mort Abrahams
Mort Abrahams
Screen Story
Milton Krasner
Leonard Rosenman
Composer (Music Score)
Marion Rothman
Jack Martin Smith
Art Director
Mort Abrahams
Associate Producer
Sven Wickman
Set Designer
Walter Scott
Set Designer
Morton Haack
Costume Designer
David Dockendorf
Sound/Sound Designer
Terry J. Leonard
Gary McLarty
Gary Epper
Mickey Gilbert
Tony Epper
Loren Janes
Edith Lindon
Hair Styles
Chuck Roberson
Second Unit Director