Battle for the Planet of the Apes

Year: 1973

Production: Apjac / 20th Century-Fox

Director: J. Lee Thompson

Starring: Roddy McDowall, Claude Akins, Natalie Trundy, Lew Ayres, John Huston

Screenwriter: John William Corrington, Joyce Hooper Corrington

Based on a story by Paul Dehn. Novelization (1973) by David Gerrold

86 minutes; Color

The fifth and last of the series beginning with Planet of the Apes (to which this is a "prequel") and the most disappointing. Established in their own Ape City after the near destruction of mankind in WWIII, the social-democrat chimpanzee people, still led by Caesar (from Escape from the Planet of the Apes), become involved in a three-way struggle with a community of radiation-scarred human survivors and the militant gorilla people. There is a feeling of pointlessness about this simplistic film's attempt to squeeze a few more dollars from the series.

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