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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.

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James Franciscus, Kim Hunter
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1 hour, 34 minutes

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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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The sequel to the original left me feeling somewhat tepid, like when you step into a bath that has been left sitting for two hours, while you answer an incoming phonecall from mother, who wants to discuss everything that has happened so far that year.

Charlton Heston resumes his role as fearless astronaught Tubby Gibbons (the name just happens to be a co-incidence.) Heston quit the movie business after this film and went on to set up his infamous food range. His performance is agitated and uneven, he looks uncomfortable in all his scenes and his speech is slurred. I put this down to the filming conditions, actors were forced to film in temperatures of 40 degrees in the Tunisian desert.

There are some favourable ape moments though, my favourite being where Heston and a female ape romantially share a banana, Heston kindly gives her the bigger half before shooting her and escaping.

The plot is horrendously confusing though and thanks to the director's decision to have all the apes speak in ancient Greek, with no subtitles, it is difficult to understand what is happening.

A solid soundtrack from Roddy McDowell on a tin whistle adds drama though and is the second high point of the film, the first being a very arousing scene where a voluptuous female orang utan can be seen wearing a very skimpy bikini from the distance.
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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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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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By S J Buck TOP 1000 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 Albatross TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 23 Oct. 2013
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The original Planet of the Apes film was not just a classic, but - more importantly - a SUPRISE hit. Probably no one expected a sequel to be made, let alone so soon. And, as far as sequels go, it's quite good, even if it is a mixed bag.

It takes places literally straight after the events of the first film and we see the original film's hero (Charlton Heston's `Taylor') riding off with his new girlfriend, only to run into some - unseen - trouble. But, hot on his heels, is another astronaut who has been sent to rescue him. This is where the story gets a bit odd. It's hard to put your finger on it, but you're given your original hero, only to have him taken away from you minutes into the film and replaced with someone who looks and acts a lot like him, but isn't him.

So we follow `Taylor Mk II' as he too journeys into the kingdom of the apes (and all the trouble that comes with it). Then, it sort of glides from a sequel (i.e. new story) into a kind of rehash of the last one. `New Taylor' meets up with the same apes and gets chased again then imprisoned (as Charlton did previously). However, the second half picks up. And, when I say `picks up' I mean takes on an `original flavour' while at the same time completely going in a different direction which doesn't feel like an `apes' movie and more.

In case you haven't already seen it, I won't go into detail about what Taylor and his mate find `below' the planet, but, even though it is a little weird sometimes, it is quite fun. It was certainly inventive for the time.

All in all, Beneath the Planet of the Apes is an enjoyable ride that falls victim of being a little uneven sometimes. Plus it would never entirely live up to the original due to being unable to match its predecessor's shock ending. Part 2 ends, in some people's opinions, unsatisfactory. I just thought it was different. But then the better part of the film was quite different, too.
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