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Overall Rating
3.62

Awesome: 14.29%
Worth A Look47.62%
Average: 23.81%
Pretty Bad: 14.29%
Total Crap: 0%

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Beneath the Planet of the Apes
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by Rob Gonsalves

"The series probably should've ended here."
4 stars

A lot less poky than the original, and generally more entertaining.

Taylor (Charlton Heston) and Nova (Linda Harrison) ride across the Forbidden Zone. Taylor stumbles into the hide-out of some radiation-scarred mutants who presumably survived the nuclear holocaust. They worship a big atomic bomb. The lonely Nova meets another astronaut, Brent (James Franciscus), who's less condescending towards her than Taylor was, though he does try to kill her a couple of times under the telepathic influence of the mutants.

Meanwhile, a cadre of gorillas led by Dr. Zaius (Maurice Evans) and the warmonger General Ursus (James Gregory) delve into the Forbidden Zone looking for Brent and Nova. There's some funny, dated social commentary (the pacifist chimpanzees hold a sit-in peace protest against the gorillas) and a typical 1970 ending in which the bomb is detonated and a narrator intones, "An insignificant green planet is dead."

Big Chuck was finished with the 'Apes' saga but returned the next year in another post-apocalypse cult favorite, 'The Omega Man.'

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originally posted: 04/03/07 13:23:36
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User Comments

8/06/11 General Ursus Scared the crap out of me when I was a little kid. Still love it. Best of POTA movies. 5 stars
1/23/10 art MUCH BETTER than the first,FRANCISCUS"S BRENT more tougher and smarter than heston! 4 stars
7/29/08 David Cohen A worthy sequel 4 stars
7/19/08 sebastian Above average sequel....underrated 3 stars
5/05/08 art THIS IS THE BEST SEQUEL tO P.O.T.A. ACTUALLY BETTER THAN THE FIRST ONE 3 stars
3/31/08 peeved Gee Rob, THANKS FOR TELLING ME HOW IT ENDS! 3 stars
4/04/07 David Pollastrini Not as good as the first movie 4 stars
7/28/06 cody not good as the first, but still a very watchable movie 3 stars
12/10/05 Blutarsky Absolutely awesome. Loved the H-bomb loving mutants. 5 stars
12/17/03 john starts out well but disappoints by the end 2 stars
7/08/03 Ahnold Okay. 3 stars
12/22/02 Pigwidgeon Far better than the critics rated it. 5 stars
8/27/01 spaceworm First APES movie I saw; became an APES fan anyway. 2 stars
8/15/01 Edwin Menguin Depressing, liked the veiny penis heads though 2 stars
3/13/01 ryan keogh good stuff 4 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  26-May-1970 (G)
  DVD: 28-Mar-2006

UK
  N/A (15)

Australia
  26-May-1970 (M)


Directed by
  Ted Post

Written by
  Paul Dehn

Cast
  James Franciscus
  Kim Hunter
  Linda Harrison
  Charlton Heston
  Maurice Evans
  James Gregory



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