PLANET OF THE APES
USA; 1968; 112 min; English language with Slovenian subtitles
Thursday, July 12 at 23.00h OPEN AIR CINEMA (MAIN SQUARE)
Directed by: Franklin J. Schaffner
Written by: Michael Wilson, Rod Serling, John T. Kelley
Cinematography by: Leon Shamroy
Music by: Jerry Goldsmith
Cast: Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, Maurice Evans, Linda Harrison
Produced by: Mort Abrahams, Arthur P. Jacobs
Production Company: APJAC Productions, 20th Century Fox
After a long near-light speed voyage three astronauts wake up from deep hibernation when their spacecraft crashes in a lake on an unknown planet, two thousand years after their departure from the Earth. To their dismay, they discover a population of mute, brute-like humans, dominated by a society of apes, governing the planet. After one of the astronauts is killed by the apes and the other lobotomized by them, the remaining member of the crew, Taylor, has to fight for his survival in an environment which denies him his humanity.
One of the most influential science-fiction movies of all time, based on the novel by Pierre Boulle, became a victim of its own success, spinning off four sequels, two TV series, Tim Burton's remake in 2001, followed by three additional films, none of them coming even remotely close to the original. This superb film, with its totally unexpected, shocking ending, had an enormous impact on its audience at the time of its release. Even today, this classic by Franklin J. Schaffner has lost none of its power, and its deep message is more relevant than ever.