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Original 1968 'Planet of the Apes' Will Be Back in Theaters This Month

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July 11, 2016

Planet of the Apes

"You maniacs! You blew it up!" This is one film definitely worth seeing on the big screen. Fathom Events is hosting a special event screening of the original Planet of the Apes movie from 1968, starring Charlton Heston, Linda Harrison, Kim Hunter and Roddy McDowall as Cornelius. The event is part of Turner Classic Movies' (TCM) yearlong TCM Big Screen Classics series, and they will be showing this classic sci-fi movie in cinemas only two nights this month - on July 24th and on July 27th. TCM host Ben Mankiewicz will provide exclusive commentary before and after the film. It will be screening in more than 650 select movie theaters nationwide at 2:00PM & 7:00PM local time each day - Sunday & Wednesday. Don't miss it!

Old trailer for the original Planet of the Apes, released the same year as 2001: A Space Odyssey and Bullitt:

For more on the Apes screenings and to find theaters + reserve tickets, visit the Fathom Events website.

Astronaut George Taylor (Heston) finds himself on a distant planet ruled by apes who use a primitive race of humans for experimentation and sport. Soon, Taylor finds himself among the hunted, his life in the hands of a benevolent chimpanzee scientist (McDowall). From Fathom: "When it was released in February 1968, the film was a commercial and critical success, also breaking ground with its revolutionary prosthetic makeup techniques created by artist John Chambers. The Planet of the Apes franchise is still going strong today with the 2011 reboot and its 2014 sequel achieving box office success and strong support amongst critics. The highly anticipated third film in that trilogy will debut in 2017." This film is one the finest sci-fi classics and is a must see for anyone that is a genuine science fiction aficionado. We'll see you at the cinema.

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  • theslayer5150
    "Get your remakes outta here, you damn dirty ape!!!"
    • Steven
      Though to be fair the last two have some measure of class.
      • theslayer5150
        My comment was more tounge in cheek towards all remakes (I'm looking at you, Ghostbusters)
        • Steven
          Yep - which is why I liked it. Thought it was funny.
  • fatchary
    It's really a great classic, but nowadays I only can see Charlton Heston as a right wing NRA supporter idiot.
    • I was willing to post the same comment.
      • fatchary
        ... and I put John Wayne on that list too, although even as a kid I didn't like him very much.
        • For the second time, I share with you your opinion. I always thought that John Wayne was a fraud.
          • grimjob
            Always was an Eastwood man myself. I once worked at a small RV dealership, had the whole crew split over that argument. Pretty awesome.
          • Me too. No one can beat Blondie.
  • DAVIDPD
    I watched this again recently when I was in Korea, and had forgotten all the little bits nudity the film had...well, at least a couple butts that were censored by the Korean government.
    • female or male butts ? I can't remember any nudity.
      • grimjob
        I think there was some Heston behind while swimming in a pond or something, in the forbidden zone after the crash.
      • DAVIDPD
        When the astronauts find a watering hole and swim butt naked...haha. It was funny because they used black bars over the butts.
        • I have a vague memory about this very scene. any reason why they decided to swim butt naked ?
          • DAVIDPD
            They had been wandering in the desert for a couple days after their crash.
  • a true classic....
  • Cool

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