Planet of the Apes

Corrected entry: Early in the movie, Taylor yells for someone to "blow the hatch before the power runs out". The hatch is blown, and seconds later the power goes out. As everyone abandons the ship, Taylor looks over at the digital "Earth Time" clock to note the date (11-25-3978). With the power out, the clock obviously wouldn't have been illuminated.

Correction: As with modern VCRs, the clock could have had a lithium battery apart from the main energy source.

Corrected entry: The purpose of the four astronauts leaving Earth was to find a new planet and repopulate it - with just one woman? The next generation would consist of siblings and half-siblings marrying each other.

Correction: The mission was to explore the planet, not to repopulate it. Taylor only mentions the girl because they lost their ship.

Grumpy Scot

Corrected entry: After the three astronauts woke up, they notice that they have large beards due to the time they spend in suspended animation. However, their hair hasn't grown an inch.

Correction: Facial hair (beards and moustaches) grow much faster than head hair. The three astronauts were probably shaved almost to the scalp before entering suspended animation.

Grumpy Scot

Corrected entry: In the final scene, Charlton Heston and the girl are heading south and the ocean is on their right, (and the lake they crashed in is out west), so we know they are on the west coast. So how does the Statue of Liberty wash up over there? Maybe the Apes kept the Panama Canal open.

Correction: You're assuming they are on the North American continent as it exists today. But they could be be on land that has risen from the Atlantic and are looking west over the ocean that used to be North America, the changes having been wrought by the same disasters that buried the Statue of Liberty in sand.

Revealing mistake: Most of the posed, fake displays in the ape's Museum of Natural History contain real people who are slightly moving if one pays careful attention. Especially noticeable are those posing with objects held in - or above - their hands.

Hans Deutsch
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Dr. Zaius: Don't go looking for it, Taylor. You may not like what you find.

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Trivia: To help keep Heston from hurting his feet when running, he was fitted with rubber soles molded to look like bare feet.

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