Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973)

USA, 1973
35mm film, “filmed in Panavision”, colour by DeLuxe, 2.35:1
mono, English

An American science fiction film directed by J. Lee Thompson.

Plot Summary

The war between Man and Ape seems to be over and the chimpanzee leader Caesar rules over a divided community. Gorilla General Aldo disagrees with Caesar’s leniency towards the humans and tries to lead a coup against his leader. Meanwhile, out in the wastelands, surviving militant humans are massing, planning to take Ape City by storm.


Directed by: J. Lee Thompson
© MCMLXXIII [1973] Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation
Twentieth Century-Fox presents an Arthur P. Jacobs production. Produced by Apjac International. Released by Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation
Produced by: Arthur P. Jacobs
Associate Producer: Frank Capra Jr
Screenplay by: John William Corrington & Joyce Hooper Corrington
Story by: Paul Dehn
Based upon characters created by Pierre Boulle
Director of Photography: Richard H. Kline
Film Editors: Alan L. Jaggs, John C. Horger
Music: Leonard Rosenman
Sound: Herman Lewis, Don Bassman
Makeup Supervision: Joe Di Della
Hair Stylist: Carol Pershing
Creative Makeup Design: John Chambers
Special Mechanical Effects: Gerald Endler
Art Director: Dale Hennesy

Roddy McDowall (Caesar)
Claude Akins (Aldo)
Natalie Trundy (Lisa)
Severn Darden (Kolp)
Lew Ayres (Mandemus)
John Huston as The Lawgiver
Austin Stoker (MacDonald)
Noah Keen (teacher)
Richard Eastham (mutant captain)
France Nuyen (Alma)
Paul Stevens (Mendez)
Heather Lowe (Doctor)
Paul Williams as Virgil
Bobby Porter (Cornelius)
Michael Stearns (Jake)
Cal Wilson (soldier)
Pat Cardi (young chimp)
John Landis (Jake’s friend)
Andy Knight (mutant on motorcycle)
Colleen Camp [human] *

Alternative Titles

Abernes planet – Denmark
Apinoiden planeetta – Finland
Apornas planet – Sweden
O Homem Que Veio do Futuro – Portugal
A majmok bolygója – Hungary
Il pianeta delle scimmie – Italy
Planet der Affen – West Germany
El planeta de los simios – Argentina, Spain
El planeta dels simis – Spain (Catalan)
O Planeta dos Macacos – Brazil
La planète des singes – French/Canada (French)

Sequel to
Planet of the Apes (1967)
Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970)
Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971)
Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972)

Extracts included in
Screen Test: 9 October 1973



  • The Dark Side December/January 1994 p.39 – review
  • Kosmorama vol.20 no.120 (April 1974) p.221 – illustrated article


  • Aurum Encyclopedia of Film: Science Fiction by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.309 – credits, review
  • Creature Features Movie Guide Strikes Again by John Stanley p.35 – credits, review
  • Hoffman’s Guide to SF, Horror and Fantasy Movies 1991-1992 p.35 – credits, review
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis p.22
  • Nuclear Movies: A Filmography by Mick Broderick p.81
  • The Science Fiction and Fantasy Film Handbook by Alan Frank pp.18-19 – credits, review
  • Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Film Sequels, Series, and Remakes by Kim R. Holston and Tom Winchester p.384-385