Escape from the Planet of the Apes
Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971)

Escape From the Planet of the Apes is the third in the series of films based upon the Planet of the Apes characters created by novelist Pierre Boulle. At the end of the second film, the centuries-in-the-future world colonized by simians was… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: May 21, 1971
DVD Release Date: December 26, 2000
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Critic Score: 79% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: One of the better Planet of the Apes sequels, Escape is more character-driven than the previous films, and more touching as a result.


Escape from the Planet of the Apes is an excellent film, almost as good as the original Planet of the Apes.

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Tim Brayton
Alternate Ending

Easily the strangest film in the series, and a good candidate for the strangest studio-made genre film of the 1970s.

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Douglas Pratt

the film is a highly satisfying mix of satire and suspense

Time Out

It's a long way down from even the second in the series.

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TV Guide

Former actor Don Taylor directs smoothly and efficiently and elicits fine performances from the cast.

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Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

The last of the "Ape" sequels that's worth watching.

Roger Greenspun
New York Times

One of the better new movies in town, and better in a genre -- science-fiction -- that at the crucial middle level where the history of movies is made, if not written, has recently been not so much bad as invisible.

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Rob Gonsalves

Passable entertainment, but it's no fun watching the likable, witty Cornelius and Zira become hairy martyrs.

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Luke Y. Thompson
New Times

Possibly the least of the series, but certainly not a predictable sequel.

Flixster Audience Score: 53% Flixster User Reviews
KJ Proulx
"Escape From the Planet of the Apes" is the third instalment in the Planet of the Apes saga, and it sure does know how to please fans of the series.… More
Aaron Neuwirth
Chairman of the President's Committee of Inquiry: [referring to Cornelius] Does the other one talk? Cornelius: [indicating Zira] Only when she lets me.
Alex roy
Third film in the Planet Of The Apes franchise is an entertaining Sci-Fi action film that continues the solid storyline of the Apes films. Director Don Taylor… More
Everett Johnson
Interesting way to keep the series going, since in the 2nd installment the world is blown up. Very campy, but overall a pretty fun and thought provoking film.… More
David Ladd
Imagine you've just written a movie which ends with the world getting blown up, and then you get a telegram from the studio asking for a sequel! That was… More
Aj V
The story is pretty good, it sort of reverses the original idea, the apes come to a planet with humans. It could have been better, though.