Planet of the Apes (1967)

35mm, filmed in Panavision [anamorphic], colour, 2.35:1
mono, English

An American science fiction film directed by Franklin J. Schaffner. It was the first in a long-running franchise that numbered four sequels, two television spin-offs, a remake and a belated prequel of sorts.

Plot Summary

A team of find themselves stranded on a barren planet in the distant future when their ship crashes in a lake. Two of the men are killed and the wounded survivor, Taylor, finds himself lost and temporarily unable to speak in a world where are the dominant species and humans are hunted like animals.


Directed by: Franklin J. Schaffner
© MCMLXVII [1967] Apjac Productions, Inc. and Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation
An Arthur P. Jacobs production. Produced by Apjac Productions, Inc. and Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation
Produced by: Arthur P. Jacobs
Associate Producer: Mort Abrahams
Unit Production Manager: William Eckhardt
Screenplay by: Michael Wilson and Rod Serling
Based on the novel [Planete du singe] by Pierre Boulle
Assistant Director: William Hissel
Director of Photography: Leon Shamroy
Color by DeLuxe
Film Editor: Hugh S. Fowler
Music: Jerry Goldsmith
Orchestration: Arthur Morton
Sound: Herman Lewis, David Dockendorf
Westrex Recording System
Costumes Designed by: Morton Haack
Makeup by: Ben Nye, Dan Striepke
Hairstyling: Edith Lindon
Creative Makeup Design: John Chambers
Special Photographic Effects: L.B. Abbott, Art Cruickshank, Emil Kosa Jr
Art Direction: Jack Martin Smith, William Creber
Set Decorations: Walter M. Scott, Norman Rockett
Locations: Cabo San Lucas, Baja California, Mexico; Fox Ranch, Malibu, California, USA; Glen Canyon, Utah, USA; Malibu Creek State Park, Calabasas, California, USA; Malibu, California, USA; Page, Arizona, USA; Zuma Beach, California, USA [all uncredited]
The Producers express their appreciation to the National Park Service, United States Department of the Interior, for its cooperation in the production of this motion picture

Charlton Heston (George Taylor)
Roddy McDowall (Cornelius)
Kim Hunter (Zira)
Maurice Evans (Dr Zaius)
James Whitmore (president of the assembly)
James Daly (Honorious)
Linda Harrison as “Nova”
Robert Gunner (Landon)
Lou Wagner (Lucius)
Woodrow Parfrey (Dr Maximus)
Jeff Burton (Dodge)
Buck Kartalian (Julius)
Norman Burton (hunt leader)
Wright King (Dr Galen)
Paul Lambert (minister)

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 – Canada (France), France

Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970)
Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971)
Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972)
Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973)

Planet of the Apes (2001)

Extracts included in
Behind the Planet of the Apes (1998)
The (1986)

See also
Return to the Planet of the Apes (1975)
Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)
War on the Planet of the Apes (2017)



  • The Daily Cinema no.9429 (4 October 1967) p.3 – note (Commentary by Observer)
  • Keyboard vol.11 no.2 (issue #106) (February 1985) pp.19-20, 22-26 – illustrated interview with Jerry Goldsmith (Jerry Goldmsith by Tom Darter)
  • Starlog no.160 (November 1990) – illustrated interview with co-star Kim Hunter (Chimp Life by Tom Weaver)
  • Starlog no.213 (April 1995) – illustrated interview with Linda Harrison (Woman of the Apes by Tom Weaver)


  • Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Science Fiction by Phil Hardy (ed) p.276-277 – illustrated credits, review
  • BFI Screen Guides: 100 Science Fiction Films by Barry Keith Grant pp.117-118 – illustrated credits, review
  • Feature films, 1960-1969: A Filmography of English-language and Major Foreign-language United States Releases by Harris M. Lentz III p.353 – credits
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis p.308 – credits
  • Kine Yearbook 1969 p.117 – credits
  • Lexikon des phantatischen Films 2 by Rolf Giesen pp.147-151 – credits
  • Movies of the 60s by Jürgen Müller pp.508-515 – illustrated review (by KK [Katja Kirste])
  • Nuclear Movies: A Filmography by Mick Broderick p.74-75 – credits, review
  • Planet of the Apes as American Myth: Race, Politics and Popular Culture by Eric Greene – articles
  • by Walt Lee p.373 – illustrated credits
  • Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Film Sequels, Series, and Remakes by Kim R. Holston and Tom Winchester p.380-381 – illustrated credits, review
  • Science(ish) by Rick Edwards & Dr Michael Brooks pp.75-101 – article