3 April 2018; “Planet of the Apes” (1968) Throwback

Get ready for today’s 1st…Blast from the Past!

From Oscar winner Franklin J. Schaffner, the director of “Patton” (1970), “Papillon” (1973), (the listed two I must still watch), and others, comes this  influential science fiction adventure…

One of the most iconic movie lines; Taylor: “Take your stinking paws off me you damn dirty ape!”

“Planet of the Apes” released on this day April 3rd 1968, making the film 50 years old as of today.

Although it was shown in New York City at the Capitol Theatre on the 8th of February the same year, it released in the whole of USA on the aforementioned April date.

Based on the 1963 novel of the same name, known in the original language as “La Planète des singes” by Pierre Boulle, the plot follows an astronaut (Oscar winner Charlton Heston), and his 2 friends who discover a planet where apes are superior and humans are enslaved and considered inferior.

Fun fact; the film won an Honorary Oscar – John Chambers, for Best Achievement in Make-Up, and was nominated for Best Costume Design – Morton Haack, and Original Score – Jerry Goldsmith.

Some of the film’s highlights include the themes, story, cast, performances, setting, visual effects, make-up, message, and the famous ending (which will not be spoiled here).

If you are looking for a thought-provoking and excellent sci-fi cinematic experience, then this is for you, or for anyone you know, who likes the aforementioned aspects.

Highly recommended to fans of Science Fiction and Classic Cinema.

Poster source: IMP (Internet Movie Poster) Awards.
Poster design: Unknown.
Poster artwork: Unknown.