Cornelius fears that the truth will get them killed. McDowall and Hunter are wonderful in their final turns as Cornelius and Zira, the former (making a welcome return after skipping Beneath) turning from the rather milquetoast young scientist of the first film into a fierce protector of his wife and baby, while Hunter’s Zira is as sharp-tongued and cynical as ever, her edges finally and movingly softened in the end by motherhood. I would die for that baby chimp. Escape was directed by Don Taylor, a former actor and journeyman director who worked in both film and TV and later went on to helm The Island of Dr. Moreau (1977), Damien: Omen II (1978) and The Final Countdown (1980). Zira is pregnant with baby Milo -- I always thought all the intelligent apes were descended from him. Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971):The world is shocked by the appearance of two talking chimpanzees, who arrived mysteriously in a U.S. spacecraft. I would die for that baby chimp. " Gene Siskel of the Chicago Tribune gave the film three stars out of four and wrote, "Comparatively, it is much better than the second, which was awful, but not as good as the first, which was quite good. For that they must be killed. The military scrambles to recover it, dragging the ship onto the … But their silence doesn’t last very long, after Zira grows irritated at having to take an intelligence test and speaks her mind about it. " David Pirie of The Monthly Film Bulletin wrote, "Infuriatingly, Escape from the Planet of the Apes continues the downward trend of a science-fiction series that started out with much ingenuity and promise ... the film is painfully sentimental in its attitude to the chimps, with Kim Hunter and Roddy McDowall overplaying and vulgarising their former roles to the point where it's hard to feel much concern about their final destruction. I loved when the arrogant, Dr. Otto Hasslein was shot to death by Cornelius after the SOB gunned down a defenseless Zira and the infant, whom Zira switched to ensure the survival of her son, Milo (Later Ceasar). Until I watched it again last week and realized that it’s totally badass. After "Beneath the Planet of the Apes" ended with the destruction of Earth, "Escape From the Planet of the Apes" took the only option open to it: time travel. Can the future dominance of apes be prevented from happening?). "Now they've killed. It is here that the movie falls into line with the two previous Apes entries for a bleak and shockingly violent climax in which Cornelius, Zira, the baby, and Hasslein are all gunned down (I say it’s shocking because this was a G-rated picture — times have changed with those MPAA ratings). Directed by Don Taylor. It stars Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, Bradford Dillman and Ricardo Montalbán. Murphy, Arthur D. (May 26, 1971). In a final macabre bit, Zira hurls her dead baby into the oily water before crawling bloodily over to her husband’s body to join him in death. AKA: Secret of the Planet of the Apes, Back from the Planet of the Apes, Flykten från apornas planet, Les évadés de la planète des singes. Stephanie and Lewis are shocked but still sympathetic, the latter advising the couple to keep this information secret until they can gauge the potential reaction of their hosts. Doctor Otto Hasslein Escape from the Planet of the Apes is an American science fiction film directed by Don Taylor. ESCAPE FROM THE PLANET OF THE APES is a tale set in the madness of a paranoid 1970's in which zira and cornelius must fight for their lives and the life of their unborn baby. See also: Timelines Planet of the Apes Timeline Production Timeline 15 February: Actor Walker Edmiston passes away. Helicopter Pilot (uncredited) George Golden. Don Kaye is an entertainment journalist by trade and geek by natural design. Play Trailer; Meet baby Milo who has Washington terrified. Escape from the Planet of the Apes (Movie), Learn how and when to remove this template message, "Escape from the Planet of the Apes, Box Office Information", Planet of the Apes: An Unofficial Companion, Star Trek/Planet of the Apes: The Primate Directive, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Escape_from_the_Planet_of_the_Apes&oldid=1000711182, Articles needing additional references from September 2009, All articles needing additional references, Articles with unsourced statements from September 2018, Wikipedia articles with WorldCat-VIAF identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 16 January 2021, at 09:37.