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Planet of the Apes, starring Charleton Heston, Roddy McDowell

Planet of the Apes

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Planet of the Apes (1968), starring Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowell

Synopsis of Planet of the Apes

In Planet of the ApesCharlton Heston and Roddy McDowall star in this legendary science fiction masterpiece. Astronaut Taylor crash lands on a distant planet ruled by apes. And they 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 couple.

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Them! starring James Arness, James Whitmore


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Them! (1954) starring James Arness, James Whitmore, Edmund Gwenn, Joan Weldon

There are certain movie cliches, and the 1950’s is possibly best known for the science fiction “giant monster” movie (ie. Kaiju). It often served as a morality story, about the dangers of atomic energy, unexpected consequences, and fear of the future, using ordinary animals that have been mutated to giant size to tell the story. It’s been told many times since, but never better than in the first movie of its’ type, Them!

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