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.


Continuity mistake: When the spaceship first springs a leak and begins to sink, the interior shots show it tilting to starboard; Taylor falls against the starboard bulkhead and the other two survivors need to brace themselves from slipping. All of the exterior shots of the ship show it level from port to starboard.

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George Taylor: You Maniacs! You blew it up! Ah, damn you! God damn you all to hell!

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Trivia: During breaks, the ape makeup couldn't be removed. It is interesting to note that the chimps naturally hung out with other chimps during breaks, the gorillas natually hung out with other gorillas, and the orangutans naturally hung out with other orangutans.

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Question: Since World War 3 was the cause of the nuclear devastation, as evidenced in Beneath the Planet of the Apes, how is it that Dr. Zaius doesn't know the full story of the rise of the apes over the humans? Wouldn't the story be passed down?

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Chosen answer: Dr. Zaius did know the true history of man and ape, but he deliberately hid the truth from the other apes. For Zaius (and other high-ranking apes who were guarding the secret), it would be shameful and demoralizing to ever admit that humans were far superior to apes in the past and that they could, potentially, conquer the apes. In more than one scene (such as the paper airplane scene in the first film), we see Zaius obviously frustrated that Taylor's very existence threatens to expose the truth.

Charles Austin Miller
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