4 August 2013

Conquest of the Planet of the Apes

Conquest of the Planet of the Apes 1972
  • Director: J. Lee Thompson
  • Based on characters in the novel by Pierre Boulle
  • Cast: Roddy McDowell, Hari Rhodes, Don Murray, Natalie Trundy, Ricardo Montalban
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor/actress in:
    • Roddy McDowell – Overboard, The Poseidon Adventure, Inside Daisy Clover, Cleopatra, The Longest Day, the other Apes films
    • Hari Rhodes - old TV series
    • Don Murray – Peggy Sue Got Married, Happy Birthday Wanda June, and old TV series
    • Natalie Trundy – the other Planet of the Apes sequels
    • Ricardo Montalban – Sweet Charity and old TV series
  •  Why? Part of series
  • Seen: Now: July 26, 2013.

     Twenty odd years after Cornelius and Zira are murdered in the 1970’s their talking son Caesar leads the revolution of the pet apes-turned-slaves army.  The parallel to real slave rebellions is slightly interesting and the only good human, the handsome MacDonald, pleads for mercy for the humans as a noble descendant of slaves himself.  Caesar’s bitter and impassioned speech is pretty pathetic though and as a whole the movie is simply boring.
Only one left before we can go back to something interesting.  Hope the fifth lifts the series a bit but I’m not holding my breath.
1 * of 5

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