Pierre Boulle (novel)
... Original Music By
... George Taylor
... Dr. Cornelius
... Dr. Zira
... Dr. Zaius
On its deepest level Planet
of the Apes is an allegory on the social class structure and racism,
but it has plenty of the standard Hollywood fare. Charlton Heston as George
Taylor runs around mostly naked fighting mean talking apes with good old machismo.
Along the way, he picks up a beautiful girl who can't speak (a fantasy that
every man has at least once in his life).
Taylor finds a couple of sympathetic apes who can look beyond his humanity and
see his intelligence (there's that allegory popping up). The world of the apes
is well constructed and logical and aids the story. Even after winning his freedom,
Taylor is numbed by a startling revelation that ends the movie. Planet
of the Apes was the first big movie merchandising franchise, spawning
a television series and now a remake.