G | | Adventure, Sci-Fi
An astronaut crew crash-lands on a planet in the distant future where intelligent talking apes are the dominant species, and humans are the oppressed and enslaved.
It took three and a half years of rejections from studios to get the film greenlit. Even Charlton Heston had doubts that it would ever get made - "The novel was singularly uncinematic. All Arthur had was the rights to the novel and a portfolio of paintings depicting possible scenes. There wasn't even a treatment outlining an effective script". Nevertheless, Heston stuck with the project throughout development "trudging studio to studio with his paintings and being laughed at: 'No kidding, talking monkeys and rocketships? Getouttahere!'"
And that completes my final report until we reach touchdown. We're now on full automatic, in the hands of the computers. I have tucked my crew in for the long sleep and I'll be joining them soon. In less than an hour, we'll finish our sixth month ...
Early in the film several gorillas pose for a picture with dead humans. Camera technology is very advanced, required various chemicals and processing, both to create raw film, develop film negatives once it is exposed, and create final prints. There isn't any evidence of electrical generation or chemical production facilities. To the contrary, the ape civilization is very primitive, far more third world than first world.