In 2029, an Air Force astronaut crash-lands on a mysterious planet where evolved, talking apes dominate a race of primitive humans.

Director:

Tim Burton

Writers:

Pierre Boulle (novel), William Broyles Jr. (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 11 wins & 30 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Wahlberg ... Captain Leo Davidson
Tim Roth ... Thade
Helena Bonham Carter ... Ari
Michael Clarke Duncan ... Attar
Paul Giamatti ... Limbo
Estella Warren ... Daena
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa ... Krull
David Warner ... Senator Sandar
Kris Kristofferson ... Karubi
Erick Avari ... Tival
Lucas Elliot Eberl ... Birn (as Luke Eberl)
Evan Parke ... Gunnar (as Evan Dexter Parke)
Glenn Shadix ... Senator Nado
Freda Foh Shen ... Bon
Chris Ellis ... Commander Karl Vasich
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Storyline

It is the year 2029: Astronaut Leo Davidson boards a pod cruiser on a Space Station on a rescue and recovery mission. But an abrupt detour through a space time wormhole lands him on a strange planet where talking apes rule over the human race. With the help of a sympathetic chimpanzee activist named Ari and a small band of human rebels, Leo leads the effort to evade the advancing Gorilla Army led by General Thade and his most trusted warrior Attar. Now the race is on to reach a sacred temple within the planet's Forbidden Zone to discover the shocking secrets of mankind's past - and the key to its future. Written by Tim1370

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The battle begins November 20th See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sequences of action/violence | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Joanna Krupa was considered for the role of Daena. Ultimately, she played a smaller role. See more »

Goofs

(at around 24 mins) When Thade's niece buys their human pet, the bolt on the cage is left out. In the next shot, it's bolted shut again. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Captain Leo Davidson: [to Pericles, who is panicking during a simulated space mission] You lost.
Captain Leo Davidson: [stops the simulation] Again.
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Crazy Credits

Anne Ramsay's character Grace Alexander is referred to as "Anderson" in the credits. See more »

Alternate Versions

The R1 DVD includes TV spots with dialogue not heard in the movie: when Thade is seen for the first time,he asks "Why have you come here?", Thade saying "We underestimate the spaceman", and Leo saying "Complete system failure,going down!" See more »

Connections

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Soundtracks

Rule The Planet Remix
A Paul Oakenfold Mix
Additional Production by: Paul Oakenfold and Povi
Additional Guitars: Emerson Swinford
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A visually spectacular action movie.
22 February 2014 | by Shopaholic35See all my reviews

Personally I love this movie and cannot understand why so many other people disliked it. I respect the original for what it was but this version directed by Tim Burton is visually spectacular and exceeds expectations.

Nobody creates a fanciful world like Burton can and there is no better duo than Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter. The costumes for the apes are incredible with intricate details that look very realistic. The sheer enormity of the sets makes you realise how much energy and passion went into creating this film.

I love all the action, and the special effects still seem remarkable even after more than 10 years has past. Sometimes people can't move past the original but if you have never seen the 1968 version then I think you will enjoy this movie. Also it is perfect to watch again now that the new planet of the apes movie series has started to be released.


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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 July 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Return of the Apes See more »

Filming Locations:

Lake Powell, Arizona, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$68,532,960, 29 July 2001

Gross USA:

$180,011,740

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$362,211,740
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DTS | Dolby | SDDS (uncredited)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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