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Beneath The Planet Of The Apes 1970

3.6 out of 5 stars (28) IMDb 6.1/10

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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Product Details

Genres Action & Adventure
Director Ted Post
Starring James Franciscus, Kim Hunter
Supporting actors Maurice Evans, Linda Harrison, Paul Richards, Victor Buono, James Gregory, Jeff Corey, Natalie Trundy, Thomas Gomez, David Watson, Don Pedro Colley, Tod Andrews, Gregory Sierra, Eldon Burke, Lou Wagner, Charlton Heston, Army Archerd, Edward Bach, James Bacon
Studio Twentieth Century Fox
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
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Format: DVD
Sheer magic. The previous film left with astronaut Taylor hunched in despair in front of the statue of liberty...feeling more lost and alone than ever. This film kicks off from this moment as Taylor and Nova head deeper into the Forbidden Zone...and come across a race of crazed and mutated humans who live beneath the ruins of New York and worship a Doomsday bomb.
Meanwhile, astronaut Brent also crash lands on the planet on a mission to rescue Taylor, but ends up in a similar pickle to Taylor in the previous film - alone and stranded and pursued by the apes.
Having learnt of the potential threat from the mutants, the apes (led by General Ursus and Zauis) send an army into the Forbidden Zone. Apes, mutants and astronauts all battle it out before the Doomsday bomb - the holy weapon - in a stunning climax!
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By S J Buck TOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 April 2008
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The second film in the Planet of the Apes series is a reasonable sequel, but really lacking most of the originals zest and panache. Charlton Heston briefly reprises his role as Taylor, and in fact the opening to the film, is a reprise of the ending of the original, which is the best bit of the film. Heston reappears in the last 15 mins as well.

With the surprise element lost (because of the ending of the first film), the sequel is mostly formulaic and limited to occasional good scenes. But none have the impact of Hestons first words to the Apes, or the impact of finding the Statue of Liberty on the beach in the original film.

The special effects retain the same high standards as the first film for the apes, but the matt paintings used in the underground scenes now look obvious and dated. Brent as played by James Franciscus is effectively a Charlton Heston/Taylor look-a-like except he doesn't have the screen prescence that Heston brought to the Taylor role.

So overall this is a decent film. Its a lot better than some of the later sequels, but not a patch on the original. Buy if cheap, or get it in the boxed set of 'Ape' films if the price is right.
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By L. Davidson VINE VOICE on 6 July 2008
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"Beneath The Planet of the Apes" is an unusual and often strange sequel to the classic original. This film sees another time travelling astronaut from Earth called Brent crash land on the planet and suffer a similar ordeal to Charlton Heston's Taylor, namely getting captured by the apes and managing to escape from them into the Forbidden Zone. The apes in "Beneath" invade the Zone in an attempt to root out any surviving humans and to extend their control. Brent and the apes eventually encounter a bizarre mutated band of humans in a subterranean hide out who worship a primed atomic bomb. Will it explode, will the apes succeed with their invasion or will Brent,Taylor and Nova calmly ride off into the sunset ? "Beneath" is an adequate sequel to a seminal science fiction film and I found it to be watchable and relatively entertaining.
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By @GeekZilla9000 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Jan. 2008
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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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This is the second film in the Planet of the Apes series. To get it out of the way I'll start with the negatives - This film is nowhere near the class of the original, some of the "special" effects aren't all that special and the new central character Brent (played by James Franciscus) is merely a Taylor/Charlton Heston clone from the first film.

There is however much to like about this flick and is a decent enough way to spend 90 minutes. The opening scenes ape (pun painfully intended) the closing moments of the original film, we get to see the fantastic final reveal on the beach all over again. We then follow Taylor and Nova as they head off into the forbidden zone before Taylor strangely disappears. The focus switches to Brent another US astronaut who has also crash landed on the planet. He stumbles across Nova who is now all alone and together they search for Taylor while being helped or hindered by the local ape populace. Many other characters from the original are present and correct also (Dr Zaius, Zira, Cornelius etc).

Although it's not as good as the some of the other films in the series I still enjoyed the ride, the second half of the film tries something a bit different as we get to see a desolate underground New York. There's a couple of plot twists some will love and some wont but such is life. Also, those people wanting their Chuck Heston fix will get it if they wait long enough.
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