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YMMV / Planet of the Apes (1968)

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  • Adaptation Displacement: One of the more prominent examples in Hollywood history. The original novel's very existence is a rather obscure fact, at least outside of the author's native France. And most of those who are familiar with it (even the author himself) would agree that the movie's serious take on the story was an improvement over Boulle's work.
  • And You Thought It Would Fail: The film took years to get off the ground because nobody believed it would work.
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  • Awesome Music: Jerry Goldsmith's great score, especially the track "The Hunt".
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • It Was His Sled: The "Planet of the Apes" was really Earth All Along, following World War III.
  • Moment of Awesome:
    • "Take your stinking paws off me, you damn dirty ape!"
    • A more subdued example is the moment Taylor derails all of Cornelius' and Zira's attempts to debunk his claims of a modern human society by building and flying a paper airplane.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • Take your stinking paws off me, you damned dirty ape!
    • Taylor's line "Damn you all to hell!" is often used as a grieving response for netizens.
    • The shot of Taylor laughing at the sight of Landon planting a miniature American flag has also seen use as a popular reaction GIF.
  • Misblamed: Some people have accused this movie's producer, Arthur P. Jacobs of effectively stealing the Academy Award for Best Makeup from 2001: A Space Odyssey — which had ape suits widely regarded as even more convincing than those from this movie — as Jacobs was notorious for wining and dining the members of the Academy, which earned his previous film, Doctor Dolittle several Oscar nods despite it being a critical and commercial failure. One slight problem with this accusation, however — the Academy Award for Best Makeup didn't actually exist until 1981, well over a decade after this film and 2001 were released. Even if Jacobs did somehow persuade the Academy to give this movie an Honorary Award for the make-up (which was what it actually won), he can hardly be blamed for conspiring to steal a non-existent award from 2001.
  • Narm: It's Charlton Heston in a movie where apes are masters of the world and rule over humans. This was unavoidable.
    • "You cut up his brain, you bloody baboon!"
    • "You MANIACS! You BLEW IT UP!"
    • HAW HAW HAW HAW. In context, it makes sense, but that laugh...
    • Charlton Heston visibly pinching his nostrils closed as he dives in the water from the sinking spaceship.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The scene where Landon is shown to have been lobotomized. Also Dodge being stuffed and put on display at the museum.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: 50 years on, the ape makeup continues to look excellent and convincing throughout. What likely makes it still work is how simple the makeup actually was; much of the actors' faces remained uncovered by prosthetic (the bulk of it being two pieces attached to the upper and lower jaw, covering the nose and mouth), giving them plenty of facial expressions and even allowing their voices to not be muffled.


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