CONQUEST OF THE PLANET OF THE APES
1972, 20th Century Fox, 88 min, USA, Dir: J. Lee Thompson

Roddy McDowall and Don Murray star in the fourth PLANET OF THE APES film, which takes place in the then-future 1990s! In a political allegory timed to coincide with the black power movement of the early 1970s, the enslaved apes plot to overthrow the human race that has oppressed them; this ambitious and entertaining sci-fi classic served as a template for last year's RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES.


ESCAPE FROM THE PLANET OF THE APES
1971, 20th Century Fox, 98 min, USA, Dir: Don Taylor

When chimpanzees Cornelius and Zira (Roddy McDowall and Kim Hunter) mysteriously arrive on Earth in a spaceship, they are greeted with wonder and quickly become a media sensation. But this initial excitement turns to suspicion, and the chimp couple find themselves victims of a high-level conspiracy.


BENEATH THE PLANET OF THE APES
1970, 20th Century Fox, 94 min, USA, Dir: Ted Post

Three years before he directed the most somber of the DIRTY HARRY sequels, MAGNUM FORCE, reliable craftsman Ted Post took a similar approach to the second - and scariest - entry in the PLANET OF THE APES franchise. Astronaut Brent (James Franciscus), on a rescue mission looking for Taylor (Charlton Heston), finds himself caught between apes determined to wipe out humanity and a subterranean cult of H-bomb-worshipping mutants. It’s a premise that leaves little room for hope, but Post energizes the material with riveting action sequences. The result is an underrated combination of stylish adventure and bleak philosophy that seems timelier than ever in its examination of man’s terrifying potential for self-annihilation. Co-starring Kim Hunter, Linda Harrison, Maurice Evans.


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