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Planet of the Apes Details


This big budget "re-imagining" of the 1968 original departs somewhat from both that classic science fiction film and the source novel by author Pierre Boulle. Mark Wahlberg stars as Leo Davidson, an astronaut of the early 21st century whose unauthorized mission to rescue a chimp companion from a mysterious space storm goes awry when he and his ship are lost through a rip in the fabric of time. Leo crash-lands on a planet where intelligent, talking apes are the dominant species and humans a conquered slave class. Befriending both a chimpanzee activist named Ari (Helena Bonham Carter), who's sympathetic to humans, and a beautiful human rebel, Daena (Estella Warren), Leo quickly becomes a prominent figure of resistance to his fellow humans. This makes him an instant source of irritation for the militant and ambitious General Thade (Tim Roth) and his trusted adjutant, Attar (Michael Clarke Duncan), who intend to hunt Leo down and crush the burgeoning human uprising. War looms between ape and human as Leo and his band head for a sacred site deep in an off-limits desert, where secrets about the planet's ape and human ancestry wait to be revealed. Planet of the Apes is directed by Tim Burton and features the original film's star, Charlton Heston, in a cameo role as the dying father of Thade. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

  • Release date:July 27, 2001


Awarded by
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Colleen Atwood Best Costume Design 2001 Nominee


Tim Burton
Richard D. Zanuck
William Broyles
Pierre Boulle
Book Author
Lawrence Konner
Philippe Rousselot
Danny Elfman
Composer (Music Score)
Chris Lebenzon
Rick Heinrichs
Production Designer
Sean Haworth
Art Director
John Dexter
Supervising Art Director
Katterli A. Frauenfelder
Associate Producer
Ralph Winter
Executive Producer
Josh Lusby
Set Designer
James Bayliss
Set Designer
Luke Freeborn
Set Designer
Richard Reynolds
Set Designer
Steven Schwartz
Set Designer
Jason Weil
Set Designer
Don Woodruff
Set Designer
Gerald Sullivan
Set Designer
Colleen Atwood
Costume Designer
Katterli A. Frauenfelder
First Assistant Director
Bill George
Special Effects Supervisor
Jonathan P.B. Taylor
Additional Cinematography
Rick Baker
Makeup Special Effects
Richard L. Anderson
Supervising Sound Editor