In a futuristic world that has embraced ape slavery, Caesar, the son of the late simians Cornelius and Zira, surfaces after almost twenty years of hiding out from the authorities, and prepares for a slave revolt against humanity.
The world is shocked by the appearance of three talking chimpanzees, who arrived mysteriously in a U.S. spacecraft. They become the toast of society, but one man believes them to be a threat to the human race.
Ten years after a worldwide series of ape revolutions and a brutal nuclear war among humans, Caesar must protect survivors of both species from an insidious human cult and a militant ape faction alike.
J. Lee Thompson
Cornelius and Zira's son Caesar leads apes to revolution in this installment of the apes saga. Dogs and cats have been wiped out by a plague and now apes are household pets that are treated like slaves. Caesar has the intelligence to fight this oppression.Written by
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Director J. Lee Thompson tried to frame every shot as wide as possible and use strong primary colors of black and red during the revolt to conceal subpar ape makeup and make it appear as though an army of hundreds was clashing throughout the city when actually only dozens of extras were used over a few blocks. See more »
DNA testing, which was in its infancy at the time of the filming, was apparently unknown to the writers of the film. If it wasn't, then discovering who Caesar was would have been a relatively simple task . See more »
[to Caesar, whom he has on a leash]
Do you have authorization to dress him like that?
[hands over papers]
Oh, yes, Sir.
A circus ape, huh?
And the only one to ever have been trained in bareback riding in the entire history of the circus!
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The 20th Century-Fox logo does not appear on this film. See more »
The film was cut for violence in the final battle scene by the US distributor for a 'PG' rating. Similarly the BBFC (UK) cut the electrical torture of Caesar, and closeup scenes of violence from the killing of the guards and the climactic battle for an 'AA' cinema rating. Video releases were classified as '15' (now '12' for the DVD) and all prints feature the edited U.S version. See more »
It's politics are coarse & obvious (what did you expect??) yet the spectacle CONQUEST achieves on a tight budget is remarkable. The final 20-or-so minutes of sustained brutality (the recipient of post-prod cuts) as riot troops (clad in imposing authoritarian outfits) take on the ape uprising must rank as the most violent sequence ever attempted within the restrictions of a "family audience" feature. In fact, while witnessing CONQUEST's conclusion, you can't help but ponder what a hoot it must have been participating in the making of this movie. The knives, assault weapons, flame-throwers, meat cleavers, broken glass, riot shields, tribal/psychedelic soundtrack & (above all) those nifty orange "Ape Management" uniforms, leave an overall impression of invention, risk & (believe it or not) FEAR. The bloodbath (without much blood...) betwixt (haha!!) Ape & Man staged against the pristine backdrop of a night-sky cityscape IS the icing on the cake, making CONQUEST The Best Of Five & one of THE most curious SF films of the '70s.
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