Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB. USA, 1973. Apjac International, Twentieth Century Fox. Story by Paul Dehn, Screenplay by John William Corrington, Joyce Hooper Corrington, based on characters created by Pierre Boulle. Cinematography by Richard H. Kline. Produced by Arthur P. Jacobs. Music by Leonard Rosenman. Production Design by Dale Hennesy. Film Editing by John C. Horger, Alan Jaggs.
Enjoyable conclusion to the Planet Of The Apes saga, an unremarkable movie but a pleasant enough experience. Years after Cornelius and Zira went back in time and created a society of co-existing humans and apes, their son Caesar (Roddy McDowall, who played his father in the previous movies) is faced with the prospect of a war between the two species after a nuclear explosion makes all the humans on earth crazy (which will eventually result in the events of the first movie). Caesar treads carefully on the idea of war, but is forced into battle when his warmongering gorilla General incites battle without the slightest provocation. Lots of important social messages, none of them hidden all too brilliantly, brought to life by great characters and production design, plus really well-written dialogue. The only real sore point is the anticlimactic finish, with a battle sequence that seems to end before it’s hardly begun. Still, you won’t mind it, you just won’t love it.