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Beneath The Planet Of The Apes

Beneath The Planet Of The Apes (1970)


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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

Sep 5, 2000

20th Century Fox

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Hokey and slapdash.

June 4, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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This first sequel to Planet of the Apes isn't bad, but already shows the way the original conception was to degenerate into routine comic strip adventure.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Social commentary was not one of this glum film's strong points.

June 5, 2009 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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annoying sequel

March 11, 2008 | Comment (1)

[A] quickie follow-up that vainly tries to imitate the look of the original on an obviously limited budget, and for the most part, eschews the philosophical, social, and racial subtext of the first film in favor of straightforward shoot-em-up.

June 4, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

A lot less poky than the original, and generally more entertaining.

April 9, 2007 Full Review Source:

One of the best sequels ever, building on the story while re-delivering what fans liked about the first

July 7, 2005

More rubbery ape masks, but grimmer and sillier.

November 12, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

An effective sequel that takes an increasingly dark look at the unavoidable nature of war.

September 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

Loved it, despite the hokey costumes!

August 12, 2002

One of the more admirable "Apes" sequels, warts and all.

July 26, 2002

gives a new meaning to the intolerable hell that sequels always seem to deliver

August 1, 2001 Full Review Source:

As the apes close in and the mutants squeal their annoying noises, it's hard to care which side wins or loses, and that is a great disappointment after the excitement of the first film.

May 12, 2001 Full Review Source: BBC

I had forgotten how dreadful Beneath the Planet of the Apes was.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews

The best it would seem the screenwriters would come up with was having another NASA astronaut crash-land on the planet in which apes are the dominant species and the humans inferior.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Sci-Fi Movie Page
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Audience Reviews for Beneath The Planet Of The Apes

Decent first sequel to the Planet Of The Apes. Beneath The Planet of the Apes isn't as solid as the first film in the series, which is by far one of the all time Sci-fi classics of the genre. This sequel had a lot of potential, unfortunately compared to the first film; this is a film that is quite disappointing considering how good the first film is. This film is mildly entertaining. But like I stated, this film is disappointed especially for the fact that it follows a timeless classic film. The filmmakers tried to outdo the first film with this film, and ended up with mixed results. The film is entertaining, and has some decent performances, but overall there's something missing to really make this an awesome Apes movie. The films story could have been better, and this is a step down from the first film. Despite the good cast, director Ted Post has a disappointing script to work with, and can't direct this good cast into doing a good film. The result is a decent entertaining film. But right from the start, you realize that Beneath The Planet Of The Apes isn't a standout sequel, and it's only decent, never great. This film could have been a wonderful sequel, but the studio seemed to rush to produce a sequel to cash in on the success of the first, and instead of taking their time with a great idea, they only did half a good job, and the scripts limitation definitely show on-screen.
December 7, 2011
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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Cornelius: If you are caught by the gorillas, you must remember one thing.
John Brent: What's that?
Cornelius: Never to speak!
John Brent: What the hell would I have to say to a gorilla?
August 2, 2011

Super Reviewer

Very campy and dated, but oddly very entertaining. The story starts the same as the first movie with an astronaut landing and dealing with the shock of the Apes. But the second half is where the movie goes into it's own. Cheesy effects and fight scenes are easily overlooked with a good story. I really dug what happens towards the end with the bomb and the people using their mind control. Very ahead of it's time, just like the first one. Good campy sci-fi fun never hurt nobody.
June 21, 2011
Everett Johnson

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Pretty good, but not as good as the first one, of course.
December 20, 2010

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    1. Dr. Zaius: Man is evil, capable of nothing but destruction!
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