About Planet of The Apes
Planet of the Apes is a science fiction film that was based off of the French novel La Planete des Singes by Pierre Boulle. Actually produced as a series of shorter films released between 1968 and 1973, now the set is sold together as one video. The franchise was such a big hit that it was even re-made: in 2001, and again in 2011 with a different twist. The movie tells the story of three astronauts who are in hibernation when their spacecraft crashes onto an unknown planet. After narrowly escaping the ship alive, the three men begin walking through the desert in search of life. Finally, they reach an oasis with a pool of water. Ignoring the strange scarecrows surrounding the area, they go swimming only to discover, after their dip, that the clothes they had been wearing were torn to shreds and their belongings stolen by a bunch of primitive humans that seem unable to speak. As they are standing around in confusion, a group of gorillas on horseback suddenly comes charging towards them with weapons and nets in which to capture the humans. One of the astronauts is killed, another is knocked out, and the last one is shot in the throat and captured. A few chimpanzee scientists save the life of the man who was shot; upon awakening, this man, the main character, realises that the apes can talk and have an entire civilisation. The rest of the movie will suck you into his adventures as he tries to escape the apes only to find out at the end, in the movie’s dramatic and shocking climax, that escape is impossible.