Escape from the Planet of the Apes
Escape from the Planet of the Apes

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  • Released: 1971
  • Runtime: 98 mins
  • Director: Don Taylor
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
  • Genres: Sci-Fi - Action

The world is shocked by the appearance of three talking chimpanzees, who arrived mysteriously in a U.S. spacecraft. They become the toast of society, but one man believes them to be a threat to the human race.... (Full plot summary below)

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The world is shocked by the appearance of three talking chimpanzees, who arrived mysteriously in a U.S. spacecraft. They become the toast of society, but one man believes them to be a threat to the human race.

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The A.V. Club - 9/10 by Keith Phipps Escape From The Planet Of The Apes gets the series back on track, sending three apes back to the 20th century for a story that begins comically and ends in fear and loathing.
IGN - 8/10 by Chris Tilly McDowell is as good as ever here – this time playing Cornelius – while Kim Hunter is hugely sympathetic as Zira.
Sci-Fi Movie Page - 8/10 by James O'Ehley Regarded by some as the best of the Planet of the Apes sequels, maybe even on a par with the 1968 Charlton Heston original itself, this third Apes movie breathes fresh air into [the] series.
Old School Reviews - 8/10 by John A. Nesbit This second sequel serves as little more than a light appetizer with a memorable and poignant ending.
The New York Times - 8/10 by Roger Greenspun Nobody is going to believe it, but I must say anyway that Don Taylor's Escape From the Planet of the Apes is one of the better new movies in town, and better in a genre—science-fiction—that at the crucial middle level where the history of movies is made, if not written, has recently been not so much bad as invisible.
DVDLaser - 7/10 by Douglas Pratt the film is a highly satisfying mix of satire and suspense
Alternate Ending - 7/10 by Tim Brayton Easily the strangest film in the series, and a good candidate for the strangest studio-made genre film of the 1970s.
eFilmCritic.com - 6/10 by Scott Weinberg Brings just enough of a twist to the series' conventions.
eFilmCritic.com - 6/10 by Rob Gonsalves Passable entertainment, but it's no fun watching the likable, witty Cornelius and Zira become hairy martyrs.
Empire - 6/10 by Sam Toy With the potency of the central idea diminishing, Escape still manages the tricky move of carrying on a story that really should have ended with the last film, while setting up the series' mythology and paving the way for future chapters. But it's still a dilution.
BBC.com - 6/10 by Tom Coates It works fairly well as the central movie of the franchise but will have little to offer non-devotees.
Capital Times (Madison, WI) - 5/10 by Rob Thomas The last of the "Ape" sequels that's worth watching.

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