Fiercely intelligent, epic science fiction with Charlton Heston crash-landing on a world with a simian ruling order.
Part-satire, part-science fiction and a resounding commercial success, Planet of the Apes plugs into deep-seated fears regarding evolution versus scientific development, as well as mob rule and oppressive regimes. Charlton Heston is the astronaut whose craft crashes into what at first seems to be an indeterminate (but probably parallel) time frame - one where apes are the ruling order, humans their subjects.
A virtuoso opening is chased by a middle act ripe for interpretation: have the apes evolved with the same human fallibilities? Is their society better than our own? And it's followed by a notoriously shocking ending, involving the use of a present-day icon in a manner which was itself to become iconic. The movie caught the public imagination to such an extent that it was followed by four sequels (each following the law of diminishing returns), live action and animated TV series, and - ahead of even Star Wars' merchandising glut - action figures and toys.
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