|Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, Maurice Evans, James Whitmore & others. Franklin J. Schaffner, director|
|Publisher:||20th Century Fox|
(Academy Award Winner for Best Makeup; also nominated for Best Score) Crash landing on an unknown planet, astronauts Taylor (Charlton Heston), Landon (Robert Gunner), and Dodge (Jeff Burton) find themselves captives of a brutal, socially stratified society of intelligent apes. In a world where humans are considered to be nothing more than beasts, Taylor will need all of his strength and the support of sympathetic ape Cornelius (Roddy McDowall) to survive; escaping to the Forbidden Zone, however, he will uncover a terrifying truth about this planet and mankind. Very much a reflection of Cold Warera fears, this 1968 adaptation of Pierre Boulle's novel spawned four sequels and an ongoing series of reboots. DVD extras include commentary by McDowall and Kim Hunter, and a separate commentary track by composer Jerry Goldsmith.