Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971)




Critic Consensus: One of the better Planet of the Apes sequels, Escape is more character-driven than the previous films, and more touching as a result.

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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
Rating: G
Genre: Classics , Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By: Don Taylor
Written By: Paul Dehn
In Theaters: wide


Roddy McDowall
as Cornelius
Bradford Dillman
as Dr. Lewis Dixon
Natalie Trundy
as Dr. Branton
Eric Braeden
as Hasslein
William Windom
as The President
John Randolph
as Chairman
Harry Lauter
as Gen. Winthrop
Peter Forster
as Cardinal
Norman Burton
as Army Officer
William Woodson
as Naval Officer
Tom Lowell
as Orderly
Gene Whittington
as Marine Captain
Donald Elson
as Curator
Bill Bonds
as TV Newscaster
Army Archerd
as Referee
James Bacon
as Gen. Faulkner
John Alderman
as Corporal
Steve Roberts
as Gen. Brody
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All Critics (23) | Top Critics (3)

Escape from the Planet of the Apes is an excellent film, almost as good as the original Planet of the Apes.

Full Review… | June 4, 2007
Top Critic

It's a long way down from even the second in the series.

Full Review… | January 25, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

One of the better new movies in town, and better in a genre -- science-fiction -- that at the crucial middle level where the history of movies is made, if not written, has recently been not so much bad as invisible.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Former actor Don Taylor directs smoothly and efficiently and elicits fine performances from the cast.

Full Review… | June 4, 2007
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Passable entertainment, but it's no fun watching the likable, witty Cornelius and Zira become hairy martyrs.

Full Review… | April 8, 2007

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October 8, 2005
Fantastica Daily

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