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STAR RATINGS EXPLAINED
Unmissable 5 Stars
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Tragic 1 Star

FILM DETAILS
Certificate PG
Cast
Charlton Heston
Roddy McDowall
Kim Hunter
Directors
Franklin J Schaffner
Screenwriters
Michael Wilson
Rod Serling
Running Time
112 minutes

EMPIRE ESSAY: Planet of the Apes


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Plot
In the year 3978 A.D. a spaceship with a crew of four crashes down on a distant planet. They soon learn that the planet is much like their own only is inhabited by intelligent apes. One crewman befriends one of them despite the humans being a slave race, but civil unrest is brewing...


Verdict
a film rich with unforgettable imagery, killer lines and physical thrills.


Reviewed by Andrew Collins

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