"Get your stinking paws off me, you damn dirty ape!" An outstanding science-fiction film that spawned four sequels, an animated cartoon series, a live-action TV series, bubble-gum cards, Halloween masks, and a rash of plastic models. Massive marketing notwithstanding, the original film is
still quite an achievement. Heston plays the commander of a lengthy outer-space mission that is interrupted when the spaceship crashes on an unknown planet. He and two other survivors make their way through an arid wasteland into a lush forest where they observe what appears to be a tribe of Stone
Age humans. A bizarre horn cries, and the sounds of hoofbeats and gunfire are heard,...