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Planet of the Apes

Planet of the Apes(1968)

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Trivia

  • Edward G. Robinson was the original choice for the role of Dr. Zaius, and actually filmed a test scene with Charlton Heston to prove to the executives at Fox that make-up could be used to create believable simians. However, Robinson suffered from a weak heart and didn't think he could endure the day-to-day rigors of performing in the ape make-up. He and Heston had previously teamed up in The Ten Commandments (1956) and would do so again in Soylent Green (1973).
  • During breaks in filming, actors made up as different ape species tended to hang out together--- gorillas with gorillas, orangutans with orangutans, chimps with chimps. It wasn't required, it just naturally happened.
  • There is a resort in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico that claims that final scene ("Damn you!") was filmed on their beach. This is not true. According to a recent documentary, the scene was filmed on Zuma Beach in Southern California.
  • In the novel, the apes are technologically very advanced. However, the budget could not accommodate the visual scope and magnitude of such a futuristic society, so a more primitive depiction of ape society was used.
  • Although Charlton Heston's character is listed in the credits as 'George Taylor', the name 'George' is never seen or heard in the film. He is referred to only as 'Taylor'.

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  • Holz (2008-06-18)

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    While "Bright Eyes" (Taylor) is on trial, he mentions "it appears some apes are more equal than others". This is a quote modified from George Orwell's book, "Animal Farm".

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