A small group of astronauts come wake up to find that their ship has crash-landed on a planet where humans are prelingual and uncivilized and apes have the supreme qualities of speech and use technology.
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This is a great screenshot. I don't know what is more gross, kissing a big smelly ape or kissing Charlton Heston. But them kissing each other is sweet. It just goes to show that there's someone out there for everyone. Never give up on love!
Very smart sci-fi with possibly the most famous and iconic finale of all time. Heston is Heston but the direction and cinematography in the first act are beautiful before it gets gradually heavier. The make-up is great and it just seems to get better every time I see it.
If anyone has ever known how to use sci-fi as an important, carefully constructed statement, it was surely co-screenwriter and Twilight Zone creator, Rod Serling. As a commentary on race relations during the Civil Rights age, it's deeper and more thought provoking than the same year's Night of the Living Dead, perhaps because unlike the Romero film, its politics were intentional, and thus perhaps, more overwhelming.
Demonstrating the purist aims of science fiction and the broad entertainment that can thrill the young & old, this near-perfect classic is great. After a certain point, you get used to the make-up of the ape actors. Heston, who spends most of the film beaten, chased, thwarted, and thoroughly frustrated shines as Taylor/Bright Eyes. Even if the ending has been lampooned & spoiled, it's still powerful.
It may have been naive of me to not know the twist at the end but my god, what a twist! it blew my mind. I thought the film was good overall and appreciated the message it was putting across about human nature. Liked it!
"Beware the Beast-Man, for he is the Devil's pawn. Alone among God's primates, he kills for sport, or lust, or greed." Only took me a good five years from hearing that in a Shai Hulud song to find the source.