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Release Date: May 21st, 1971

DVD Release Date: March 28th, 2006

G|1 hr 38 min

Plot Summary
In this second sequel to "Planet of the Apes," three apes flee their world before it's destroyed, and travel back in time to present-day America. When the humans discover that the trio are intelligent and capable of speech, they treat them as experimental research animals until they attempt to escape.

Cast: Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, Bradford Dillman, Natalie Trundy, Eric Braeden, William Windom, Sal Mineo, Albert Salmi

Director: Don Taylor

Genres: Science fiction

Production Co: APJAC Productions, Twentieth Century Fox

Distributors: CBS/Fox, 20th Century Fox

Ratings & Reviews

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  • It's a long way down from even the second in the series. show more

  • 80

    McDowell is as good as ever here – this time playing Cornelius – while Kim Hunter is hugely sympathetic as Zira. show more

  • With the potency of the central idea diminishing, Escape still manages the tricky move of carrying on a story that really should have ended with the last film, while setting up the series' mythology and paving the way for future chapters. But it's still a dilution. show more

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