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Basics Critics:73Viewers:72Rusty:79
Category: Action/Adventure, Drama, Mystery/Noir/Thriller, Sci-Fi/FantasyNotable as: Science Fiction, Award-Winning WorkSub-Category: Science Fiction, Cult film, Adventure Film, Thriller, MysteryMain subject: time travelNarrative location: New York CityRuntime: 107 - 115 minutesColor: colorLanguage: EnglishCountry: United StatesFilming location: California, MalibuDirector: Franklin J. SchaffnerScreenwriter: Michael Wilson, Rod SerlingBased on: Planet of the ApesMusic: Jerry GoldsmithCinematography: Leon ShamroyStars: Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, Maurice Evans, James Whitmore, James Daly, Linda Harrison, Lou Wagner, Woodrow Parfrey, Robert Gunner Producer: Arthur P. JacobsStudio: 20th Century FoxAwards won: National Film RegistryAward nominations: Academy Award for Best Costume Design
Academy Award for Best Original Score, no Musical (Jerry Goldsmith)
Award details: (details at IMDb)

Planet of the Apes is a 1968 American science fiction film directed by Franklin J. Schaffner and starring Charlton Heston. Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, Maurice Evans, James Whitmore, and James Daly have co-starring roles in the film. The screenplay by Michael Wilson and Rod Serling was based on the 1963 French novel La Planète des Singes by Pierre Boulle. Jerry Goldsmith composed the groundbreaking avant-garde score. It was the first in a series of five films made between 1968 and 1973, all produced by Arthur P. Jacobs and released by 20th Century Fox. The film tells the story of an astronaut crew who crash-land on a strange planet in the distant future. Although the planet appears desolate at first, the surviving crew members stumble upon a society in which apes have evolved into creatures with human-like intelligence and speech. The apes have assumed the role of the dominant species and humans are mute creatures wearing animal skins. The script was originally written by Rod Serling but underwent many rewrites before filming eventually began. Directors J. Lee Thompson and Blake Edwards were approached, but the film's producer Arthur P.

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