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The Best and Worst of the Apes Series
I’ve always had mixed feelings about ESCAPE FROM THE PLANET OF THE APES. As a kid forty-five years ago, I saw all five original films on television and I loved them all. ESCAPE I enjoyed because I had a huge little boy crush on Kim Hunter, and I thought Dr. Zira was so brave, funny, and even sexy. On the other hand, this is the one movie in the series with no battle scenes, no gorillas on horseback, and no epic excitement or adventure. So on that level I’m sorry to say this was my least favorite Apes film . . . forty five years ago.
So the other day I got all five films no Blu Ray for about 15 dollars. And when I watched ESCAPE as a 55 year old I was very impressed. It’s not really a kid’s adventure film, or even a science fiction spectacle. This movie is a tragedy, in the most profound sense of the word. In spirit it’s much closer to CHINATOWN than the original PLANET OF THE APES.
Everyone remembers Zira and Cornelius as a cute, fun couple. That’s how I remembered them too. But when you actually watch the film you see that they are really tragic heroes. When they flee the hospital with their baby there are Biblical overtones. (The President actually compares himself to Herod!) But what’s still more disturbing is the way Zira herself owns up to the savage things that went on in her own laboratory in the future world. Her self-knowledge is a grim component of her eventual tragic fate. Her insistence on truth only makes her more admirable after she reveals some truly terrible secrets.
It’s a waste of time to point out that Kim Hunter and Roddy McDowell both give career best performances as Zira and Cornelius. But what astonished me after forty-five years was the incredible intensity of Eric Braeden as Dr. Otto Hasslein. (He was just as spectacular as the doomed werewolf in a classic episode of KOLCHAK: THE NIGHT STALKER.) Dr. Hasslein is clearly meant to remind us of Nazi scientists and doctors who did unspeakable things in World War II. But at the same time he’s like the tormented Christian heroes in THE OMEN movies, searching for the Anti Christ before the earth runs out of time. Each chilling thing he does is made more chilling by the fact that he’s sincere in trying to stop what he thinks of as real evil. On the other hand, William Windom is surprisingly affable and humane as the President of the United States. STAR TREK fans will remember his epic meltdown in “The Doomsday Machine,” but here he plays the voice of reason, a decent man who refuses to become hysterical in the face of mankind’s doom.
Superb script, intense, haunting drama, beautiful tragic characters . . . all that’s missing is the action, excitement, and gorillas on horseback!
A solid entry in this series.
Screenwriter Paul Dehn came up with a logical enough way to continue the “Apes” series after the total death and destruction that concluded “Beneath”. Cornelius (Roddy McDowall) and Zira (Kim Hunter), in the company of a Dr. Milo (Sal Mineo), manage to escape in one of the original Earth spacecraft, and once again the phenomenon occurs that allows for time travel. They end up on Earth in 1973, where they confound the then-denizens of Earth. They even become celebrities. However, an alarmist on the Presidents’ staff (Eric “Victor Newman” Braeden) asserts that their presence can spell nothing but disaster for the future, and he’s determined to take drastic steps if necessary.
Directed by former actor Don Taylor, “Escape” is a rather ingenious sequel that explores what it would be like for this ape species in a modern-day society. Cornelius knows it would be folly for the people of Earth to know too much about their future (and his and his wife’s own abilities), but things progress to a certain point no matter what.
The whole thing is played with a fair amount of charming humour (Zira develops a fondness for “grape juice plus”), while touching upon the ideas of what the offspring of Cornelius and Zira could mean for Earths’ destiny. The President (William Windom) isn’t ready to push the panic button, but Otto Hasslein (Braeden) fears the implications, and although he expresses some doubts, he still sees himself as a saviour from the possible machinations of intelligent apes.
Zooming along to a peppy Jerry Goldsmith score, “Escape” is just good, solid entertainment that manipulates us with skill; we firmly remain on the side of our simian protagonists, who certainly do not mean any harm.
It is, ultimately, an interesting inversion on the premise of the landmark first film, since here the apes are the strange visitors to a strange land, and must adjust.
It’s all brought to life by a superb cast: McDowall, Hunter, Mineo, Braeden, and Windom are well supported by Natalie Trundy (a veteran of the series), Bradford Dillman, Albert Salmi, Jason Evers, John Randolph, Harry Lauter, M. Emmet Walsh, Norman Burton, and in a special guest appearance, a hearty Ricardo Montalban as a good hearted circus owner. James Sikking has an unbilled role near the beginning.
Overall, an intelligent and well-told story, directed with conviction and an engaging diversion for series fans.
Eight out of 10.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 38 min (98 min)
Genre Action, Sci-Fi
Director Don Taylor
Writer Paul Dehn, Pierre Boulle (based upon characters created by)
Actors Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, Bradford Dillman, Natalie Trundy
Awards 1 nomination.
Production Company Twentieth Century Fox, APJAC Productions
Sound Mix Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Aspect Ratio 2.39 : 1
Laboratory DeLuxe (color by) (as De Luxe®)
Film Length 2,675 m
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Panavision (anamorphic) (filmed in) (as Panavision®)
Printed Film Format 35 mm