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Planet Of The Apes (1968)


Feb 08, 1968

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Mar 27, 2006

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Charlton Heston
Roddy McDowall


1968 20th Century Fox

Still shot from the movie: Planet Of The Apes (1968).

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When astronaut George Taylor (Charlton Heston) crash lands on an unfamiliar planet, he discovers a world where Apes rule and humans are treated like animals.

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Why Is Planet Of The Apes (1968) Rated G?

Planet Of The Apes (1968) is rated G

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Overall: B After a malfunction in their spacecraft, the crew crash-lands on an unfamiliar planet where they find a primitive species of man who are hunted and abused by a ruling class of educated apes.

Violence: C Spaceship crash lands in water. Aged but preserved dead body shown. Armed apes shoot at people, catch them in nets, hit them, and chase some over a small cliff, others into a pit. Men injured when falling off cliff. Man shot and killed. Man shot in throat, blood shown. Dead men’s bodies shown hanging by their feet or in piles on ground. Man with hands and feet bound to pole is carried to caged cart, man fights off other people who are trying to restrain him, burning torch is used to threaten a man on several occasions, apes control unruly behavior by capturing the offending man using a long pole with noose on the end or beating them back with a club. Man clubs ape in escape attempt, apes chase, throw rocks, whip him, and try to capture him with throat hooks and nets. Stuffed human bodies shown in a taxidermy museum display. People sprayed with water, man is leashed, man is bound, clubbed and netted, man threatened with prospect of having experimental brain surgery performed, ape knocked unconscious during kidnapping, weapons distributed, gun fight results in ape being shot and killed, another held hostage, rebellious teen expresses lack of trust for elders.

Sexual Content: C- Male rear nudity shown when characters skinny dip, male and female characters dress in scanty primitive clothing, woman presented to man as present, ape characters touch their mouths together in an affectionate kiss and hold hands on several occasions, man shown sleeping beside a woman (no sexual inference is made), man comments on a world with "lots of lovemaking but no love," man is disrobed causing humiliation and male rear nudity is shown, talk of emasculating a man.

Language: B At least 12 mild profanities, and 2 terms of Deity used as expletives.

Alcohol / Drug Use: B Man uses needle to inject himself with hibernation medicine, main character and incidental ape character shown smoking cigar on a couple of occasions, blood transfusion performed with primitive medical equipment.

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Canadian Movie Ratings

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Canadian Home Video Rating: PG

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DVD Release Date: 21 August 2001

The 30th Anniversary Edition of this classic includes a making-of documentary titled Behind The Planet Of The Apes.

DVD Notes: Planet of the Apes: The ultimate DVD Collection

DVD Release Date: 28 March 2006

If you’re bananas over the Planet of the Apes, you’ll want to keep you eyes peeled as this popular sci-fi franchise releases on DVD in a variety of packaging options. Remastered in anamorphic widescreen and featuring TXH certified 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround Sound, you can purchase separately each of the five movies (Planet of the Apes, Beneath the planet of the Apes, Escape From the Planet of the Apes, Conquest of Planet of the Apes and Battle for the Planet of the Apes). Or you can pick up a Planet of the Apes: Legacy Edition Box (which offers a sixth bonus disc with the documentary Behind the Planet of the Apes, as well as theatrical trailers and TV spots). Last but not least, there’s the 14-disc limited edition Planet of the Apes: The Ultimate DVD Collection. This guerilla-sized set not only includes the original five movies, it also provides a copy of the 2001 remake of Planet of the Apes (starring Mark Wahlberg), the complete series of the 1974 TV show titled Planet of the Apes, and the 1975 Saturday morning cartoon series Return to the Planet of the Apes. Of course there’s a monkey barrel full of other extras too, like audio commentates, featuretts, image galleries, outtakes etc.

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