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Escape from the Planet of the Apes
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by Rob Gonsalves

"Back to the present. Or past."
3 stars

In the third of the 'Apes' series, Cornelius (Roddy McDowall) and Zira (Kim Hunter), along with a third chimpanzee, Milo (Sal Mineo), manage to escape from Earth 3955 before it blows up.

They land on Earth 1973. Milo is killed by a non-speaking gorilla. (Mineo himself was killed five years later, though not by a gorilla. This was his last movie.)

The tables are turned as Cornelius and Zira are befriended by kindly scientists Bradford Dillman and Natalie Trundy. Cynical genius Eric Braeden (now on The Young and the Restless) wants to kill the apes, who are expecting a baby. Helpful circus owner Ricardo Montalban takes them in and adopts their baby, who goes on to star in the next installment.

Passable entertainment, but it's no fun watching the likable, witty Cornelius and Zira become hairy martyrs. With a rinky-dink score by Jerry Goldsmith and a confusing explanation of infinite regression. Watch for M. Emmet Walsh as the military aide with the oranges.

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User Comments

1/04/20 Carl Bruun More light-hearted than the first two films. 3 stars
9/14/09 Jeff Wilder Great purely fun B movie. 4 stars
11/30/08 mr. mike "Is no bad" 4 stars
7/29/08 David Cohen Touching and thought provoking (apes fixing the spaceship though, that's kinda silly) 4 stars
4/04/07 David Pollastrini this one had some humor 4 stars
12/03/05 cr a nice sequel better than part 2 , more entertaining and fun, with a sad ending 4 stars
9/04/04 T.B. Cute Sequel 4 stars
12/17/03 john great sequel worthy of the original 5 stars
12/22/02 Pigwidgeon The best of the sequels, and a classic in its own right. 5 stars
12/05/02 Roddy fangirl Sad farewell to Roddy's Cornelius....*sigh*...... 5 stars
11/30/01 Andrew Carden The Best Of The Whole Series, Imginative To The Core Of The Mind. 5 stars
8/27/01 spaceworm The best of the four sequels, if you can swallow the apes fixing the spaceship. 4 stars
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  21-May-1971 (G)
  DVD: 28-Mar-2006

  08-Jul-1971 (PG)

  21-May-1971 (M)

Directed by
  Don Taylor

Written by
  Paul Dehn

  Roddy McDowall
  Bradford Dillman
  Kim Hunter
  Sal Mineo
  Natalie Trundy

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