Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970)

35mm film, “filmed in Panavision”, colour (DeLuxe), 2.35:1
mono, English

An American science fiction film directed by Ted Post. Production began on 14 April 1969.

Plot Summary

A second space mission falls through the time warp stranding astronaut Brent on Earth ruled by intelligent . He discovers a sect of scarred, mutated human survivors living beneath a ruined city who worship a doomsday weapon. As war brews between the apes and the humans, Brent searches for survivors of the earlier mission.


Directed by: Ted Post
© MCMLXIX [1969] by APJAC Productions, Inc. and Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation
Twentieth Century-Fox presents an Arthur P. Jacobs production. Produced by APJAC Productions, Inc. Released by Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation
Produced by: Arthur P. Jacobs
Associate Producer: Mort Abrahams
Unit Production Manager: Joseph C. Behm
Screenplay by: Paul Dehn
Story by: Paul Dehn and Mort Abrahams
Based on Characters Created by: Pierre Boulle
Second Unit Director: Chuck Roberson
Assistant Director: Fred Simpson
Director of Photography: Milton Krasner
Film Editor: Marion Rothman
Music: Leonard Rosenman
Orchestration: Ralph Ferraro
Sound: Stephen Bass, David Dockendorf
Westrex Recording System
Costumes Designed by: Morton Haack
Creative Makeup Designer: John Chambers
Makeup Supervision: Dan Striepeke
Hair Styling by: Edith Lindon
Special Photographic Effects: L.B. Abbott, Art Cruickshank
Art Direction: Jack Martin Smith, William Creber
Set Decoration: Walter M. Scott, Sven Wickman
Art Illustrator: Fred Harpman

James Franciscus (Brent)
Kim Hunter (Zira)
Maurice Evans (Dr Zaius)
Linda Harrison (Nova)
Paul Richards (Mendez)
Victor Buono (fat man)
James Gregory (Ursus)
Jeff Corey (Caspay)
Natalie Trundy (Albina)
Thomas Gomez (minister)
David Watson (Cornelius)
Don Pedro Colley (negro [Ongaro])
Tod Andrews (Skipper)
Gregory Sierra (Verger)
Charlton Heston (Taylor)
Lou Wagner (Lucius)
Eldon Burke (gorilla sgt.)

Sequel to

Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971)
Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972)
Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973)

See also
Planet of the Apes (1974)
Return to the Planet of the Apes (1975)


Horror and Science Fiction Films: A Checklist by Donald C. Willis p.44 – credits
by Walt Lee p.31 – credits
The Science Fiction and Fantasy Film Handbook by Alan Frank pp.21-22 – illustrated credits, review