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The sequel to Conquest of the Planet of the Apes and the last film in the original Planet of the Apes film series, released in 1973. It is set after a nuclear holocaust in 1993.

This sequel follows the ape leader Caesar years after a global nuclear war has destroyed civilization. Living with his mate Lisa and their son Cornelius, Caesar creates a new society while trying to cultivate peace between the apes and remaining humans. Caesar is opposed by gorilla Aldo, who wants to imprison the humans that freely roam Ape City while doing menial labor. To make matters worse, a tribute of human atomic bomb mutations are out to make life miserable for the peaceful ape tribe. The story is told primarily in flashback with the opening and closing taking place in the year 2670.

This film is likely the inspiration for the two films in the reboot franchise, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and War for the Planet of the Apes.

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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.
  • Ascended Extra: Kolp, who was one of Governor Breck's functionaries in the previous film, is promoted to being the Big Bad of this film.
  • 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; the former wants to wipe out all humans, and the latter wants to wipe out all apes and any humans who have allied themselves with the apes.
  • 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.
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  • Bookends: 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 sets up what will eventually happen in Beneath the Planet of the Apes with regard to the mutants and doomsday weapon.
  • General Ripper: Kolp and Aldo, the former of whom orders a nuclear strike on Ape City if all else fails, and the latter of whom slaughters the retreating attackers and tries to stage a rebellion against Caesar's rule.
  • Heel Realization: Aldo's followers.
    Gorilla soldier: Aldo, you kill.
  • 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. Which, considering that the weapon he orders his assistant to use happens to be the Alpha-Omega Bomb, would have had catastrophic results if it went through.
  • N-Word Privileges: An ape can say "no" to another ape, but a human may never say "no" to an ape.
  • Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Virgil, who happens to be an expert on everything the plot requires him to be an expert on.
  • Papa Wolf: Caesar. Too late for anything but revenge, however.
  • Sour Supporter: Mendez is this to Kolp, and eventually manages to turn his supporters against him in his absence. Not that Kolp lives to see the results...
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Governor Breck and the previous film's MacDonald aren't seen, with the former not being mentioned at all and the latter only getting very briefly referenced and replaced by his brother, presumably meaning they didn't survive The End of the World as We Know It.

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