BATTLE FOR THE PLANET OF THE
D: J. Lee Thompson
20th Century Fox/APJAC (Frank Capra,
USA 🇺🇸 1973
W: John William Corrington & Joyce Hooper
DP: Richard H. Kline
Ed: Alan L. Jaggs & John C. Horger
Mus: Leonard Rosenman
Roddy McDowell (Caesar), Claude Akins (Aldo), Natalie
Trundy (Lisa), Severn Darden (Kolp), Lew Ayres (Mandemus), Paul Williams (Virgil), John Huston (The Lawgiver)
Fifth and final film of the original Planet Of The
Apes saga. Following on from the events of previous films, apes are the only survivors of a nuclear holocaust and are capable of communication through speech. However, they begin to
fight amongst themselves, with gorillas demanding supremacy over the small chimps.
If you're a fan of the previous films in the saga,
this is worth watching as a concluding part, but isn't overwhelmingly recommended. Unfortunately, it's very low rent, with low budget action scenes, production design and special effects.
Even the (dated) ape makeup looks less convincing in this than in previous films (and they were already beginning to look dated after a few decades).