What’s Your Favorite “Planet of the Apes” Movie?

MovieFanFare wants you to “go ape” in this week’s poll and tell us which movie in either of the simian sci-fi franchises–from the 1968 original to the new Dawn of the Planet of the Apes–is your favorite.

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  • mike

    To be honest, I was not impressed by any of them. They were just corny fluff!

  • ganderson

    It’s pretty hard to remember original reactions to first seeing a film – especially if it was almost 50 years ago when I was but a callow youth – but my response to the 1968 Charleton Heston version still sticks in my head. Imagine going to the theater, big screen mind you, without knowing the premise or ending of POTA, being wowed by truly cutting edge (for the time) special effects and make-up, being caught up in an inventive and original screenplay and, to top it off, getting to see Heston’s tooshie! Wowzers, that’s entertainment!

    Great scenes: the mummified female astronaut, crash landing in Lake Powell, the round-up by then unknown and unseen attackers, the paper airplane, ‘get your hands off me, you damn dirty ape,’ and finally an ending that was truly shocking and a complete surprise.

    Kids, you had to be there. What a shame a person can’t go back and see a movie like POTA again, for the first time. My vote goes the Heston version.

    • Bruce Reber

      Actually, the line was “take your stinking paws off me, you damn dirty ape!!!”

  • Blair Kramer

    Logically, just in terms of narrative, the first PLANET OF THE APES film with Charlton Heston should have been the only film in the series. After the way the first film ended, it just made no sense to produce any sequels. Ergo: I go with the first film. The original PLANET OF THE APES is very definitely the best film of the lot.

  • Terry Powell

    Gotta go with the original. Buuut, I have a soft spot for Escape From… It was the first one I saw, and I was charmed by the apes. But the ending just wiped me out. I was twelve and it was pretty rough(even though it like the first two, was rated G). A few months later, a local theater played all three back to back(remember when they’d do things like that?).

    • Bruce Reber

      The third entry in the series, EFTPOTA, flipped the premise of the ’68 original, with Cornelius and Zira as the simians in a strange human world, who end up being subjected to the same treatment and viewed as dangerous, leading to them becoming fugitives and meeting a tragic end. Also another twist ending, with Cornelius and Zira’s son saying “mama, mama, mama” in the circus cage, setting up the fourth entry, “Conquest Of The Planet Of The Apes”, the most violent and darkest of the five POTA movies, and also the only one I saw in a theater when it came out in the summer of ’72.

      • Bruce Reber

        In EFTPOTA, after he’s born, Cornelius and Zira name their son Milo (after Dr. Milo, who salvaged and repaired Taylor’s spaceship, which took them back 2000 years to Earth). But in COTPOTA 20 years later as an adult, he’s called Cornelius. Apparently Armando, the circus owner, after learning of Cornelius and Zira’s deaths, renamed Milo in tribute to his father.

  • Bruce Reber

    I have all of the oriignal five POTA movies in a DVD box set (from FOX home video), plus a documentary, “Beyond The Planet Of The Apes”, featuring interviews, behind-the-scenes footage and more about the POTA phenomenon.

  • Bryan Ruffin

    This is one of the few times I have ever liked a re-make! I actually voted for the 2001 version of POTA! I liked what they did with the story-line.