Film (1973). Apjac/Twentieth Century Fox. Director J Lee Thompson. Written by John William Corrington, Joyce Hooper Corrington, based on a story by Paul Dehn. Cast includes Claude Akins, Lew Ayres, John Huston, Roddy McDowall and Natalie Trundy. USA 93 minutes, UK 86 minutes. Colour.
The fifth and last of the series beginning with Planet of the Apes (to which this is a "prequel") and the most disappointing. Established in their own Ape City after the near destruction of mankind in World War Three, the social-democrat chimpanzee people, still led by Caesar (from Escape from the Planet of the Apes), become involved in a three-way struggle with a community of radiation-scarred human survivors and the militant gorilla people. There is a feeling of pointlessness about this simplistic film's attempt to squeeze a few more dollars from the series. The novelization is Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973) by David Gerrold. [PN/JB]
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