Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970)

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The sole survivor of an interplanetary rescue mission searches for the only survivor of the previous expedition. He discovers a planet ruled by apes and an underground city run by telepathic humans.




  • Charlton Heston and Maurice Evans in Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970)
  • James Franciscus in Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970)
  • Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970)
  • Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970)
  • James Franciscus and David Watson in Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970)
  • Maurice Evans in Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970)

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18 February 2005 | zetes
| Much better than I had expected
As an avid fan of the original Planet of the Apes, I had always avoided the sequels (though unfortunately not the remake), thinking they'd be so cheesy that they would harm the greatness of the original. I finally got around to the first sequel, Beneath the Planet of the Apes, and, frankly, I'm surprised at how good it is. I'm a big fan of corny '70s sci-fi anyway, and Beneath is certainly cheaper and goofier than the original. But its themes and ideas are surprisingly intelligent, and it creates suspense and excitement very well. It also expands the mythology of its universe, which is always a positive to geeks like myself. I'd say the only big faults are the much smaller budget, which causes the ape makeup to appear much less convincing than it originally was, and the casting of a Charlton Heston impersonator to play the lead. The story is that James Franciscus is another astronaut looking for Heston and his crew. And since he eventually does find Heston, I don't understand why they wanted someone who looked so much like their original star.

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The 'official' budget is $3 million. However, director Ted Post stated the budget was $2.5 million. Another historian claims it was $4.7 million. All these discrepancies can be found in the Blu-ray 40 Year Box Set; under special feature documentaries for Planet of the Apes (1968); Beneath; and Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973).


Cornelius: "Beware the beast man, for he is the devil's pawn. Alone among God's primates, he kills for sport or lust or greed. Yea, he will murder his brother to possess his brother's land. Let him not breed in great numbers, for he will make a desert of his ...


When Brent fights the gorilla on top of the jail transport cart, the gorilla stands on his neck, but is knocked off the cart by a tree branch. He then lands on some hay. The cable pulling him backwards and onto the hay is visible.

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The 20th Century Fox logo does not appear on this film.

Alternate Versions

When originally released in the UK, the film was heavily cut to receive a lower certificate from the BBFC. This version excised most of the violent and horrific scenes, most notably from the last third of the film, including both scenes where Brent is forced to attack Nova, the revelation of the underground humans' true appearance, the fight Brent and Taylor are forced to have in the prison cell, the killing of the mutant guard on a spiked door, and much of the shoot-out at the film's climax. This cut version was later shown on British TV, c.1991, even though all UK video and DVD releases have been fully uncut and rated '15' since 1987.


All Things Bright and Beautiful
Music by
Leonard Rosenman
Lyrics by Paul Dehn
sung by choir of mutants


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Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi

Box Office


$3,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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