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Escape from the Planet of the Apes Details


Escape From the Planet of the Apes is the third in the series of films based upon the Planet of the Apes characters created by novelist Pierre Boulle. At the end of the second film, the centuries-in-the-future world colonized by simians was destroyed, but apes Cornelius (Roddy McDowall) and Zira (Kim Hunter) were able to escape in the space vessel left behind by 20th century astronaut George Taylor (Charlton Heston). Cornelius and Zira pass through another time warp, finding themselves in the Earth of the 1970s. When they reveal their ability to speak, the apes are first treated as curiosities, then as threats when the government, believing the story that the Earth will eventually be inherited by monkeys, tries to prevent the birth of Zira's baby. They are ultimately given shelter by sympathetic circus owner Armando (Ricardo Montalban). This film was followed by the fourth "Apes" entry, 1972's Conquest of the Planet of the Apes. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:May 21, 1971


Roddy McDowall
as Cornelius
Kim Hunter
as Zira
William Windom
as The President
Eric Braeden
as Dr. Otto Hasslein
Ricardo Montalban
as Armando
M. Emmet Walsh
as Aide
Harry Lauter
as Gen. Winthrop
John Alderman
as Corporal
Gene Whittington
as Marine Captain
Donald Elson
as Curator
Albert Salmi
as E-1
James Bacon
as Gen. Faulkner
Norman Burton
as Army Officer
William Woodson
as Naval Officer
John Randolph
as Chairman
Peter Forster
as Cardinal
Tom Lowell
as Orderly
Jason Evers
as E-2
Bradford Dillman
as Dr. Lewis Dixon
Natalie Trundy
as Dr. Stephanie Branton
Sal Mineo
as Milo


Don Taylor
Joseph Biroc
Jerry Goldsmith
Composer (Music Score)
Marion Rothman
Jack Martin Smith
Art Director
Frank Capra, Jr.
Associate Producer
Walter Scott
Set Designer
Theodore Soderberg
Sound/Sound Designer
Pepi Lenzi
First Assistant Director
Pierre Boulle