Astronaut Taylor (Heston) crash lands on a distant planet ruled by apes who use a primitive race of humans for experimentation and sport. Soon Taylor finds himself among the hunted, his life in the hands of a benevolent chimpanzee scientist (McDowall). (official distributor synopsis)

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English Nowadays, of course, it lacks the necessary impact and it’s showing more flaws the older it gets, but the shortcomings of the special effects and the script are remedied by the smart execution and, in particular, by the final twist, which in my eyes may be worthy of the title of the best film ending ever. The opening captivated me. Jerry Goldsmith's haunting and strange music against the unsettling environment of an unknown planet creates a backdrop typical of classic sci-fi from the 60s and 70s. The society of the apes is outlined in a relatively simple way, but their pride and superiority to humans oozes from literally every word and is another strong motif that keeps your attention, even in the moments when seemingly nothing is happening and they are just talking. And on top of that, everything is presented so convincingly and skilfully that you’re forced to wonder where the hidden truth lies and who is the true master of creation. But praise should also be given to the make-up effects, which are sufficiently convincing and vivid, the performance of the stellar Heston, who adds great charisma to his role, and I also appreciated the beautiful Linda Harrison, for whom I would be quite happy to crash on such a planet. In short, this film holds the status of a phenomenon absolutely rightfully, I just hope that its vision of the future will never come true:-) 90% ()


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English It’s amazing how Planet of the Apes doesn't age. In fact, the opposite is true. The more times I see it, the more I like it (despite always thinking that I couldn't possibly like it any better given how great it is). It's simply an incredibly sophisticated sci-fi story with a message that is still relevant today. Alas. The masks are perfect - I simply know I'm looking at monkeys, not people hiding behind rubber (or whatever) noses, and I admire the performance of Charlton Heston, who spends most of the film half naked and doesn't say a word for about half of it... And yet he acts amazing. I don't even need to mention Goldsmith's music - the soundtrack to Planet of the Apes proves to me what an unsurpassed genius he was. You won't find similarly strange, sophisticated and original music that is so addictive. Except perhaps Alien.__P.S. The most interesting part of all this is that almost everything that makes this Planet of the Apes so good, Tim Burton's remake also has... Almost. ()



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English One of those classics that has the misfortune that everyone with at least some interest in cinema knows the twist already and then it feels too predictable when they watch it for the first time. Fortunately, Planet of the Apes doesn’t rely only on the reveal, it’s a captivating story from beginning to end. 9/10 ()


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English Planet of the Apes became a phenomenon in the media in its time and was one of the most famous works in the sci-fi genre, and its commercial success resulted in several sequels. Although these sequels brought the producers considerable profit with minimal expenses (they were filmed, of course, using the set and masks from the original movie), they diluted the original strength of the film. Based on the successful novel of the same name by Pierre Boulle from 1963, which, although different from its film adaptation in many aspects, is equally good and I can recommend it for its literary language and intellectual level. The film was expensive for its time and shooting with actors in masks was challenging, especially for Kim Hunter, who had a lot of screen time. The film had extraordinary success not only because of the professional work of the makeup artists who were able to create a perfect illusion of an ape civilization, but also because of the quality screenplay and clever direction. Last but not least, the film struck a chord with the spirit of the time with its dark message about the end of human civilization. The cold war was reaching its peak, which had turned unpleasantly hot in Vietnam, and politically, there was unrest on university campuses and city streets, and various apocalyptic visions were very fashionable... The film belongs to the golden standard of its genre. Overall impression: 95%. ()


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English This is simply an incredible film. When I saw it for the first time, I was absolutely amazed by what I saw, how amazing those masks are, and of course, I was captivated by the story. It has even greater depth for me now than when I was a child. When comparing it to the new movies that are prequels to this series, it's great to see that the new films have returned to the meaning of this great, original one. An amazing film that can never be forgotten. ()

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