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: Aldo
- 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.
- Bookends: Begins and ends with the Lawgiver telling the story to ape and human children.
- The Cameo: John Huston as The Lawgiver.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.