Beneath The Planet Of The Apes 1970

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Fleeing from the ape military and searching for clues to the disappearance of Taylor in the "Forbidden Zone" leads Nova and John Brent to the shocking discovery of man's ultimate folly beneath the Ape planet.

Starring:
James Franciscus,Kim Hunter
Runtime:
1 hour, 34 minutes

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Beneath The Planet Of The Apes

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Genres Action & Adventure
Director Ted Post
Starring James Franciscus, Kim Hunter
Studio Twentieth Century Fox
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Timelord-007 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 29 Nov. 2013
Format: DVD
REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS

Positive.
1)Charlton Hestons Extended cameo at least helps the narrative flow in this sequel & at least explains his absence throughout most of the movie.
2)The scenes of the Mutant humans worshipping a Nuclear Warhead is chilling & disturbing.
3)The ending is Apocalyptic there be no more sequels...Will there?

Negative.
1)The cut in budget hampers the background Ape scenes as it's obvious the actors are wearing masks not prosthetic ape up.
2)Charlton Heston should've been given the lead role agreeing to whatever his demands were which would no doubt increased the budget & made the sequel at least an equally successful film as it's not like the first film flopped.
3)Pace is uneven at times & not having Roddy McDowell as Cornelius is just sacrilege.

Dvd Info.
Running Time 90 minutes.

Error.
Notice the dvd sleeve showing Roddy McDowell as Cornelius well it's an error as McDowell doesn't play Cornelius in this the only original apes movie he doesn't appear in as he was busy on another film so John Gavin plays the Cornelius role very poorly instead.

Review.
This sequel to the original should've had a bigger budget & should have included a deal with the original movie for Charlton Heston to be attached to 2 Ape pictures.

Why?, Because when you don't secure your leading actor you more or less have to beg him to appear so he can go missing for most of this movie which is what happens here as Hestons character Taylor bookends the opening & ending to this film but is absent about 75 minutes of the films poor 90 minutes running time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ian Armer VINE VOICE on 1 April 2011
Format: DVD
Spoilers!

There's no denying that 'Beneath' is a worthy - if slightly repetitive - sequel to the classic original. Kicking off immediately after the ending of 'Planet' - it would be an interesting experiment to edit the two films together as one and see what the result would be - 'Beneath' follows the arrival of Astronaut Brent, sent on a rescue mission to find Taylor and discovering the same 'mad house' world Taylor was subjected to in the original. So far, so familiar. And then 'Beneath' takes an interesting turn as the humanoid Mutant population - now a sect of religious maniacs worshipping an A-Bomb - come under threat from both the arrival of Taylor and Brent and also the advancing ape army, hell bent on a genocidal mission to eradicate humanity from the face of the earth.

The relentless, almost epic, amount of pessimism and flat out nihilism in 'Beneath' is extraordinary. Considering it was a sequel to a hit family fantasy film, the message in 'Beneath' is so bleak that it's amazing that the film got made at all. The negative vibe of the film, and the fact that it ends with a world killing catastrophe (Chuck Heston knows how to kill a franchise!) is something you would never see in a Hollywood film today. Especially a family fantasy such as this. The swipes at war-mongering, brutality, fascism, flower power, religion and - hell - all sentient life in general, makes 'Beneath' a relentless experience. And it's brilliant because of it.

It loses a star because what it has in defiant nihilism, it lacks in character development. Brent is just a faceless everyman with no history, back story or character journey. Like everybody in 'Beneath' he is simply there to struggle and die.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By @GeekZilla9000 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Jan. 2008
Format: DVD
Roddy McDowall was unable to appear in this film as he had commitments elsewhere, you'd think this would have affected the film but with Cornelius only playing a minor role in the film, it doesn't take away from it. Although you can't help but think that Cornelius would've played a bigger part in the film if Roddy had been the man behind the mask.

The film starts by using the famous scene from the first film (undoubtedly one of the most famous scenes in cinematic history) complete with "damn them all to hell" quote. So this film takes place directly after the first one...

...The film is good, but it isn't great. Charlton Heston was only interested in appearing briefly in the film, so a second astronaut (and short-lived third) appears to play a near identical role (Brent) - infact, if you squint - they uncannily similar! You can understand how Zira confuses him for Heston's Taylor.

After a while this turns into an all-out sci-fi fantasy film, complete with mutant humans with superior technology, telepathy, and a massive golden nuclear bomb. It's at this point you start to think that the film has left it's orbit and is hurtling towards something ambitious but pretty implausible. The far-outness doesn't quite spoil the established future from the first film though. The moralistic altruism of Taylor and Brent bring the film to an apocalyptic close - making the chance of another `...Apes' film seem impossible, but thankfully, as we all know, there was a fantastic 3rd film to come as the film franchise continued.

So in a nutshell: This isn't the strongest Planet of The Apes film, but it isn't a poor film.
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