The Front Row View: Planet of the Apes (1968)

The Front Row View is a regular column by Great Stories contributor Jim Cannizzaro.  He is a veteran community theater leading man, seasoned blogger, movie enthusiast, and family man.


Nothing says New Year’s Eve to me more than lobotomies, caged human beings and kissing chimpanzees. All are represented in Franklin J. Schaffner’s landmark 1968 Planet of the Apes. Skip Tim Burton’s pointless 2001 “reimagining” (but not the more recent imaginative Rise of the Planet of the Apes. I haven’t yet seen the sequel “Dawn of…”, but I’ve heard it was very good as well). This is the original that started it all, with great (non-digitized) action, some wild plot twists and turns and a million dollars worth of John Chambers’ Oscar-winning makeup. Charlton Heston, in one of his strongest performances, makes us admire a very cynical and foul-tempered fellow. And that ending—still a shocker! Sit back with your favorite primate and enjoy it!


{Editor’s Note:  Originally published by Jim at another forum on December 31, 2014}

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