Film / Battle for the Planet of the Apes

The last film in the original Planet of the Apes film series. It is set after a nuclear holocaust in 1993.

This movie contains examples of:

  • After the End: The apes are in charge because humanity somehow managed to nuke themselves after the events of Conquest.
  • Ape Shall Never Kill Ape: Trope Namer. Cruelly subverted in the film by Aldo.
  • As You Know: The film has a lot of Info Dumps delivered in this manner, in particular when Caesar discusses the death of his parents early in the film.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: Aldo and Kolp.
  • Bittersweet Ending: The apes and the non-mutant humans seem to be reconciled, but Caesar was forced to kill Aldo, violating the most important of his society's laws, because Aldo murdered Caesar's son. The future of ape-human relations is also left quite ambiguously.
  • Book-Ends: Begins and ends with the Lawgiver telling the story to ape and human children.
  • The Cameo: John Huston as The Lawgiver.
  • Dewey Defeats Truman: The movie was released in 1973, the same year Earth was supposed to be visited by two talking apes from the future according to the third movie.
  • Director's Cut: The extended version included in the Legacy Collection improves the film considerably.
  • Fantastic Racism: Humans are treated as second class citizens at best by the apes for most of the film.
  • Foreshadowing: Everything involving Mendez.
  • General Ripper: Kolp and Aldo.
  • Leave No Survivors: What happens to a small group of mutants that escaped Ape City after being ambushed by Aldo and his soldiers.
    Aldo: No prisoners! NO PRISONERS!
  • Meaningful Name: Mandemus, possibly. His names sounds like the legal term mandamus, which involves a writ commanding somebody to perform a certain action. Possibly appropriate, since his job in the film is acting as Caesar's conscience and guarding the Ape City armory.
  • Novelization: Like the films before it, the film got a novelization via Marvel Comic.
  • Nuke 'em: Kolp's contingency plan.
  • N-Word Privileges: An ape can say "no" to another ape, but a human may never say "no" to an ape.
  • Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Virgil.
  • Papa Wolf: Caesar. Too late for anything but revenge, however.
  • Sour Supporter: Mendez is this to Kolp.