Conquest Of The Planet Of The Apes (1972)
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The fourth Planet of the Apes film is set in 1991, 20 years since the assassination of talking, time-traveling apes Cornelius and Zira at the end of Escape From the Planet of the Apes. The couple's infant son, Caesar (Roddy McDowall), has grown to adulthood in the care of kindly circus owner Armando (Ricardo Montalban). Meanwhile, a plague has wiped all dogs and cats from the face of the Earth; speechless primitive apes have therefore been domesticated and turned into first pets, then servants
Jan 1, 1972 Wide
Sep 5, 2000
20th Century Fox
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J. Lee Thompson's direction furiously propels the action in a compact chromium-and-glass setting -- and wait till you see that last battle royal.
A hard-edged thriller featuring a sleekly sinister look and a disturbing tone that's quite different from any of the other films in the series.
The best of the series. Apes in modern day (well, modern for then). Like all great sci-fi, has moral implications.
The message is that passing power from one to another does not change the essential nature of power. Rather, power contaminates the person (or ape) who wields it.
Proof that mediocre sequels are hardly a new sensantion.
This bleak chapter of the Apes saga strived to echo the sentiments of many of its fellow films released that year. Not easy to do in a cheap monkey mask.
If you are ready to thrill to the fall of civilisation (for the third time in this series), then there are worse ways to spend an afternoon. Just don't expect much humour.
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- Caesar: Where there is fire, there is smoke. And, in that smoke, from this day foreword, my people will crouch and conspire and plot and plan for the inevitable day of man's downfall, the day when he finally and self-destructively turns his weapons against his own kind, the day of the writing in the sky, when your cities lie buried under radioactive rubble, when the sea is a dead sea, and the land is a wasteland, out of which I will lead my people from their captivity, and we shall build our own cities in which there will be no place for humans except to serve our ends. We shall found our own armies, our own religion, our own dynasty! That day is upon you now!
- Governor Breck: Man was born of the ape. And there's still an ape curled up inside of every man, the beast that must be whipped into submission, the savage that has to be shackled in chains.
- Caesar: Destiny is the will of God, and if it is Man's destiny to be dominated, it is God's will that he be dominated with compassion and understanding.
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