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4.0 out of 5 stars The beginning of the hairy revolution
This is the fourth in a series of five films, and this is where it all begins...

In the third film (Escape from the Planet of the Apes) Cornelius travels back in time with his pregnant chimp-wife Zira. After giving birth they are ordered to be executed ...but their son survived.

This film sees the Circus owner Armando attempt to hide the intelligent...
Published on 18 Dec. 2007 by @GeekZilla9000

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3.0 out of 5 stars Apes prequel, plenty of action but looking a bit cheap now
"Conquest Of..." seems to be maligned as one of the weakest in the Planet Of The Apes series, but actually after the almost rom-com style of "Escape From..." this film is a welcome return to the action adventure and confrontational nature- and, importantly, lots of apes- that were seen in the first two films.

It's another prequel, which picks up from "Escape...
Published on 7 Sept. 2009 by Mr. Stuart Bruce


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The beginning of the hairy revolution, 18 Dec. 2007
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This is the fourth in a series of five films, and this is where it all begins...

In the third film (Escape from the Planet of the Apes) Cornelius travels back in time with his pregnant chimp-wife Zira. After giving birth they are ordered to be executed ...but their son survived.

This film sees the Circus owner Armando attempt to hide the intelligent talking ape (played by Roddy McDowell once again, and the likeness to his father Cornelius is made in the film) but is arrested. This is a time of slavery, with humans owning apes to carry out domestic chores and manual labour. Governor Breck is nervous after the revelation 20 years previous that the future of humanity is one of slavery under the rule of the apes and so the possibility that an ape in the city could be the son of Cornelius is one which must be investigated ...and the ape killed.

The slavery of apes and the fear of being enslaved by them in the future drives Breck to take an interest in an unusually intelligent ape he suspects might be the `talking ape' - after being allowed to follow a quaint Breck family tradition of selecting a name from a book, the ape `randomly' selects Caesar. He is dismissed as another stupid ape and ownership transfers to Aide MacDonald - a black senior. Parallels are drawn to the human trade of black slaves and there is level of empathy from MacDonald.

This film sets in motion the ape led revolution which is developed further in the fifth film, and sets up the first (confused?!). The politics behind the film is what makes it. Slavery and inhumanity are strong themes throughout the Planet of the Apes quintology. The great thing about this film though is that it doesn't polarise people into `good' or `bad' camps. The plight of the humans is expressed when the unemployed engage in protests at the loss of jobs to apes, Caesar the hero of the film seems torn between revenge and idealistic revolution, even the ape-despising Breck who sanctions torture is shown to be vulnerable owing to his fear of losing dominance to the apes. Which party is right? Is it less wrong for one group to enslave the other?

The stirring speech given by Caesar at the end of the film is one of the best moments in the "Planet..." series of films. The film certainly gets you to think, and the points raised have never subdued in their relevance since the films release in '72. I can see that to a non-fan this would maybe only merit three stars, but as a fan I have given this four stars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Exellent Apes Movie The Delivers, 6 Dec. 2013
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REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS.

Positive.
1)Great script by Paul Dehn & direction by J.Lee.Thompson.
2)Roddy McDowell playing Ceaser son of Cornelius & Zira gives a truly remarkable performance here.

Negative.
This dvd version is of the theatrical release & doesn't contain the harder cut of Conquest that has been released in the Blu Ray boxset.

Trivia.
1)J.L.Thompson was one of FOX's choices to direct the original movie.
2)The events in Conquest echo in the recent Rise of the Planet of the Apes movie.
3)The Blu Ray restores the cuts including the darker original ending that the MPA forced upon a recut to show a more optimistic ending to get the G (PG) rating for cinema release.

All cuts were reinstated albeit the original opening of a ape being shot by human's & seeing the inflicted scars of the apes mistreatment by the humans wasn't reinstated.

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Running time 83 minutes, Region 2.

Review.
This is a excellent Apes movie!

The darker tone suits the films story of Baby Milo from the end of Escape now grown up taking on the name of Ceaser who is taken by his surrogate father Armando to be with his own kind in a now futuristic earth of the future were Apes have become slaves to humans.

Renaming himself Ceaser he starts the movie quite timid until the death of Armando by Governor Breck, Ceaser then sets about weighing up & forming a plan on how to lead the Apes to conquest as there treatment by the humans is disgusting.

The Apes lead a revolt against the humans & a new uprising dawns lead by Ceaser who in this dvds theatrical version ends by showing mercy upon the humans.

This is a great entry into the movies franchise that showcases the begins of the Ape revolt & the uprising of the Apes lead by Ceaser a exellent performance by Roddy McDowell hear playing the son of his original character from Planet & Escape movies.

This is a more violent apes movie & so that enforced cuts were upon it's original release to obtain a PG rating by the MPA & until recently this was the only version of the movie available, But the good news is that the Blu Ray boxset restores the cuts of Conquest & opts for the bleaker downbeat ending were Ceaser allows Governor Breck to be killed by Apes & now omits Ceasers final speech.

Without doubt a darker Apes movie to the fact the recent Rise of the Planet of the Apes echoes the themes of the ape uprising in this movie.

A excellent fourth movie in the franchise & the second best Apes film after the original.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Apes prequel, plenty of action but looking a bit cheap now, 7 Sept. 2009
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Mr. Stuart Bruce "DonQuibeats" (Cardiff, UK) - See all my reviews
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"Conquest Of..." seems to be maligned as one of the weakest in the Planet Of The Apes series, but actually after the almost rom-com style of "Escape From..." this film is a welcome return to the action adventure and confrontational nature- and, importantly, lots of apes- that were seen in the first two films.

It's another prequel, which picks up from "Escape From..." the story about how apes took over the planet. You should watch all the Apes films in order, otherwise they'll make very limited sense. It's set in 1991, which in 1972 probably seemed a long way in the future. In parts it's very much a film about 1972- the racism theme is handled with no subtlety at all, and the background science fiction elements, such as the technology being used in the civilisation, isn't really an attempt at science fiction at all- at one point when a filing clerk has to urgently check a record, we see him grabbing a Filofax style book and flicking through it to the right page. Didn't they think there might have been a computer or two by 1991?

The make-up is stunning and there are excellent performances from, among others, Roddy McDowall and Ricardo Montalban.

However the lack of budget begins to show in places. Almost the entire film seems to be set in one large modernist shopping plaza, and the same pieces of scenery crop up repeatedly through the film.

Two endings exist for this film- an original and much darker ending, and the eventual cinema ending which is very much softer. Only one ending appears on this DVD, and that's the "soft" ending, which very much looks like an afterthought to the rest of the movie. There's a Blu-Ray edition of this film which also includes the original ending, so big Apes fans should save their money for that.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "You're the beast in us that we have to whip into submission.You're the savage that we need to shackle in chains. You taint us.", 26 Jun. 2012
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Trevor Willsmer (London, England) - See all my reviews
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"We will build our own cities in which there will be no place for humans except to serve our ends! And we shall found our own armies, our own religion, our own dynasty! And that day is upon you... now!"

Thanks to Amazon's unhelpful habit of lumping together all the reviews of various versions and formats of a title together, this is a tough one to review. The DVD release of this includes only the theatrical version of the film and trailers for the original series of films, and is a fairly unsatisfying release that's probably best picked up as part of the boxed set of the original films. The Blu-ray is quite a different matter...

In its extended preview version that is only available on the Blu-ray, Conquest of the Planet of the Apes turns out to be a much more interesting film than the toned down version the studio finally released. The original opening of a badly beaten gorilla being hunted down and killed is still missing (there's still some doubt as to whether it was actually filmed) but there's a lot more savagery to the violence in the slightly longer cut - these apes have no problem pummelling bloody bodies they stack up in piles in the street to a pulp. The major change is a very different perspective on the speech at the end: where the theatrical version ended with a promise that "we who are not human can afford to be humane," the original cut was having none of it, with its triumphant simian Spartacus revelling in the destruction and the prospect of a world where the humans who had enslaved his kind would themselves become slaves in a surprisingly inflammatory and impassioned soliloquy. The theatrical version rather obviously tried to fix this in post-production, adding a more reconciliatory note that paved way for the more idealistic Caesar of Battle for the Planet of the Apes by overdubbing new dialogue, adding one of the apes learning to speak and, crucially, the apes showing mercy to their chief tormentor.

Truly taking centre stage for the first time in the series, Roddy McDowall has the strongest role of his simian career, going from childlike innocence to slave to angry liberator, more Malcolm X than the Martin Luther King idealist of the final sequel in the original series. You'd probably have to go back to Lon Chaney Sr to find an actor who managed to bring such subtlety to a performance buried under layers of makeup, his use of body language and a subtle repertoire of facial tics and expressive eyes making him more convincing than the unencumbered humans who often veer into ham or unsubtle stereotypes. It's a remarkable performance that helps paper over many of the film's shortcomings.

The film still has very noticeable problems both with budget limitations that see it largely confined to the vicinity of Century City and some absurdly on-the-nose design decisions like having the secret police wear SS uniforms and all the humans wear black (Don Murray's villain took it even further and translated all his dialogue into German for rehearsals to get into the Nazi swing of things!). Other aspects are well thought-out - people carry raisins to tip ape waiters, while the growth in slave labour is causing unemployment among humans. It's the most politically and socially conscious of the Apes films since the original, with Caesar even debating the ethics and moral pitfalls of rebellion with the governor's black aide Hari Rhodes, the film drawing not so subtle parallels to slavery, the civil rights movement and the Watts race riots. It's an angry film, arguing that when we forget compassion for other species we open the doors to oppress our own - after all, it's only a short trip up the evolutionary ladder from apes to men and the film doesn't miss an opportunity to compare the treatment of the apes with the treatment of blacks not so very long before the film's 90s setting.

Had the preview audience not reacted so badly and the studio not got such cold feet about censorship problems and gone with the original cut it would be interesting to speculate on what effect it would have on the subsequent sequel: it's hard to reconcile the slave-turned-merciless master of all he surveys with the attempted utopian society of apes and humans attempting to live together in the wake of nuclear war. This feels like it was drawing the series full circle to a world where man would become the animal and the apes would ruthlessly crush them underfoot to send them back down the evolutionary ladder.

The Blu-ray comes with an excellent array of extras: both the original 87-minute version and 86-minute theatrical version, new featurette Riots and Revolutions - Confronting the Times, vintage featurette A Look Behind the Planet of the Apes, location footage of J. Lee Thompson directing, isolated score (extended version only), stills and advertising gallery, CGi Lawgiver introduction, and theatrical trailer. However, it's important to note that the standalone US Blu-ray release is Region A-locked - if you want a Region B/C-friendly version, you need to get it as one of the boxed sets with the other films in the series (though to make room for multiple language and subtitle tracks, the original mono English soundtracks have been dropped from these in favour of a stereo remix, though all other extras have been carried over).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Conquest of the Planet of the Apes DVD, 3 Nov. 2013
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If you can throw aside extreme feelings of implausibility, this is a good film. It has some useful underlying themes around the invalidity of dictatorships. At times, there is something of the old South Africa about it.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Worst of the series, almost keeps one from watching the final movie., 29 Jan. 2015
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really poor sub-standard sequel -- the story is not very coherent and after a half-hour of NO, DO, GO, etc. with very little other dialog or story hooks, you start to lose the will to live
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5.0 out of 5 stars Planet of the Apes Reviews, 10 Jun. 2012
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Bought the series for my 18 year old grandson. He thinks they are alll brilliant, better than the latest efforts. In his words QUALITY!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed feelings, 13 Jan. 2010
The Planet of the Apes series is a sad example of how sequels are often not as good as the original. I loved Planet of the Apes and Escape from Planet of The Apes when I first saw them. I then saw the other films, but none of them quite reached the standard of those two.

Don't get me wrong, Conquest is not a bad film. If I could, I would have given it three and a half stars. It is quite entertaining and well paced enough to make it worth while: it's just that the lack of budget shows throughout. The sets and makeup are fair, but not as good as the first film; the acting is ok and the secenes of the apes revolting and taking over is poorly done. Given a bit more time, money and thought it may even have been better than "Escape" which in my opinion is the best sequel.

Watch it if you've seen the first three films, just bear in mind the things ive mentioned. at least it's better than the awful Beneath the Planet of the Apes.

Planet of The Apes *****
Beneath The Planet of The Apes *
Escape From Planet of The Apes *****
Conquest Of The Planet Of The Apes ***1/2
Battle For The Plnat of The Apes ***

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4.0 out of 5 stars planet of the apes, 14 Aug. 2014
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if you have seen the original film then this production is a must.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Cheer up, the worst may be yet to come., 2 Mar. 2013
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P. B. Koeb (Aljezur, Portugal) - See all my reviews
Oh dear, where to begin? It had been many years since i'd seen this, the fourth instalment of the "POTA" franchise. If the third film was dodgy enough, i find that this is verging on the dire. Direction comes from J. Lee Thompson....... not an especially good sign, as this was a film maker who sometimes had the sensitivity of a jack-hammer. This film dates from his Hollywood "shock and awe" period as a film-maker, when he was a declining artistic force.

We've moved forward some twenty years from the setting of this film's "Escape From...." predecessor. Planet Earth 1991, or the USA, has become a sort of tyrannical, fascist regime. Jackbooted riot police are brought in to quell demonstrations.
Cornelius and Zira's offspring has grown up, under circus owner Armando's (Ricardo Montalban) protection. A mystery virus from outer space has wiped out the planet's population of cats and dogs. Apes then became domestic pets and were also trained to perform menial tasks. The apes eventually rebel against the brutal human tyrrany, resulting in a "shocking climax". (To quote, i think, the theatrical trailer.)

Once again, however, the budget seems to be limited. The storyline is weak and character development largely forgotten. The cast tend to be regulars on the small, as opposed to the big screen. The producer's wife, Natalie Trundy, is back for a third film. (Wearing an ape mask, this time around.) Don Murray plays the role of the tyrant Governor Breck, years before relocating to "Knot's Landing". Roddy McDowall is playing the part of his own son. Some of the sets have been reworked from the second film ("Beneath..."). The music is scored by Tom Scott, who even contrives to make me regret Leonard Rosenman's work on the second film. (Let alone Jerry Goldsmith's brilliant music for the first film.)

The running time is a skimpy eighty-three minutes, including some redundant repetition and the extended "shoot 'em up" denouement. A couple of hundred apes overcome a hundred or so police and the dictators have been ousted. Roddy McDowall then delivers a rousing, valedictory mission statement before this train-wreck of a film comes to a welcome end. It gives me no pleasure to slate this so mercilessly, but i felt absolutely obliged to give a different rating from the other reviewers. Avoid. Or buy on the very, very cheap. The same J L Tee would return to helm the final chapter, which is set to be tomorrow evening's "entertainment". (Nearly forty years since i last saw it.) I'm fearing the worst......
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