The battle for the planet of the apes

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German title The battle for the planet of the apes
Original title Battle for the Planet of the Apes
Country of production United States
original language English
Publishing year 1973
length Cinema and
Blu-ray Disc: 87 minutes DVD: 83 minutes
Director’s Cut: 93 minutes
Age rating FSK 12
Director J. Lee Thompson
script John William Corrington
Joyce Hooper Corrington
(Story: Paul Dehn )
production Arthur P. Jacobs
music Leonard Rosenman
camera Richard H. Kline
cut Alan L. Jaggs,
John C. Horger

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Conquest of the Planet of the Apes

The Battle for the Planet of the Apes (original title: Battle for the Planet of the Apes ) is an American science fiction film by director J. Lee Thompson from 1973 and the fifth and final part of the original "Planet of the Apes “Film series. The film is the sequel to Planet of the Apes from 1968, Return to Planet of the Apes from 1970, Escape from the Planet of the Apes from 1971 and Conquest from the Planet of the Apes from 1972.


After humans had killed the two talking chimpanzees Cornelius and Zira at the end of the 20th century , their son Caesar survived and years later led the monkey revolution to free them from slavery.

After humans triggered an atomic holocaust , the metropolises have become uninhabitable. Caesar leads a group of surviving monkeys and humans who have established a new settlement in the country where apes and humans live peacefully, if not completely on an equal footing, as the apes fear that war and violence will lead to equality between humans and eventually cause the destruction of the entire earth. According to Caesar's wish, people now also eat vegetarian food and no longer eat animals. Since the fear of the word "no" was conditioned by electric shocks to the monkeys during the years of slavery, it is forbidden for humans to speak this word to monkeys.

The human teacher Abe teaches the monkeys to read and write. The Gorilla -General Aldo takes only reluctantly participate in the lessons. When he tears up a document from Caesar's son out of anger, Abe says the forbidden word to him: "No". Aldo and a group of gorillas then devastate the school and pursue the escaping teacher until Caesar intervenes.

Caesar explains to his human friend MacDonald that he regrets not having met his parents and no longer being able to ask them for advice, especially because they came from the future and knew the fate of the earth. MacDonald advises him to travel to the "Forbidden City" (also known as the "Dead City") and look at the magnetic tape recordings of Cornelius and Zira stored in the nuclear-safe archive below the city to find out more about his parents. So Caesar and MacDonald set out on a journey with the wise orangutan Virgil.

You get into the archive and find the tape of the presidential commission of inquiry from 1973 on Caesar's parents. In the radioactively contaminated city, however, a group of people under Governor Kolp survived. They notice the penetration of the three into the city, interpret this as an attack by the monkeys and shoot the intruders. However, the three manage to escape and return home unharmed. However, governor Kolp wants to destroy them and sends a scouting party after them. After he has found the monkey city, the army of men marches towards the city to forestall the feared attack by the monkeys.

In the meantime, General Aldo announces to the other gorillas that he wants to get weapons to attack the humans and to usurp control of the monkey city. Caesar's son Cornelius secretly overhears the speech in a tree, but is discovered by the gorillas. When Aldo breaks through the branch on which Cornelius is sitting, the latter falls and later dies of the injuries. Aldo takes the approach of the people as an opportunity to take control, lock the people of the monkey city in an enclosure and plunder the armory.

When the human attackers storm the monkey city, the monkeys use a trick to put them to flight. When Caesar wants to release the captured people, Aldo contradicts and wants to kill them. Virgil, who discovered traces on the branch, confronts Aldo with the death of Caesar's son. Aldo's reaction shows that he is guilty of violating the highest monkey law ("monkey never kills monkey"). Ostracized by the monkeys, Aldo flees to a tree from which he falls to his death after Caesar has followed him. Caesar now wants to dare a new beginning by granting humans and apes the same rights from now on.

In 2670, around 700 years after Caesar's death, the orangutan, known as the legislature, concludes his story of the past in front of apes and humans who still live together peacefully. In the last shot you can see a stone statue of Caesar with a tear running out of his eye.


The German synchronization was created by Berliner Synchron GmbH . Ruth Leschin conducted the dialogue book, Dietmar Behnke directed the dialogue.

role actor German voice
Caesar Roddy McDowall Norbert Langer
Aldo Claude Akins Arnold Marquis
Lisa Natalie Trundy Renate Danz
Governor Kolp Severn Darden Heinz-Theo branding
Mandemus Lew Ayres Herbert Weissbach
The legislator John Huston Heinz Giese
Virgil Paul Williams Joachim Nottke
MacDonald Austin Stoker Joachim Kemmer
Teacher (Abe) Noah Keen Michael Chevalier
Mendez Paul Stevens Friedrich Georg Beckhaus


Production notes, publication

Filming began on January 2, 1973. The scenes in the monkey town were filmed on what was then Fox Ranch (now Malibu Creek State Park ). The Hyperion sewage treatment plant in Los Angeles was chosen as the backdrop for the scenes below the Forbidden City. The cost of production was estimated at $ 1.8 million.

It was released in theaters in the USA on June 15, 1973 and in Germany on August 10, 1973.

The film grossed around 8.8 million US dollars in cinemas in the United States.


The first four minutes show scenes from the two previous films Escape from the Planet of the Apes and Conquest of the Planet of the Apes . Caesar is now married to Lisa from the previous film and has a son with her who is named Cornelius like his father. MacDonald is the brother of MacDonald from the previous film. Governor Kolp called MacDonald in the original language "the black man", in the German dubbing it became "the negro". Interestingly, General Aldo can be seen in this film as a brutal immoral ape, even though he appears in a story by Dr. Cornelius is described as the heroic leader of the rebellion in Flight from the Planet of the Apes .


"Three times, Pierre Boules' novel" The Planet of the Apes "provided templates for beautifully ironic social parable games about humans and animals. The fourth was falling off a lot, and this, for the time being, last monkey film is bad: cheap, bumbling and unimaginative, a few shacks are the monkey planet in the year 2670, three old jeeps and a few blank cartridges are used for the war between people and the intelligent animals. "

“Unimaginative, banal utopia that gets stuck in petty-bourgeois clichés and pseudo-philosophical arguments. Weakest and last part of the "Planet of the Apes" series. "

“Not as fun as the earlier Planet of the Apes movies. (Rating: 1½ stars → moderate) "

- Lexicon: Movies on TV

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. The battle for the planet of the apes. In: German dubbing file , accessed on March 2, 2017 .
  2. Official Documentation: Behind the Scenes of Planet of the Apes
  3. ^ Film review in Die Zeit from August 17, 1973
  4. The battle for the planet of the apes. In: Lexicon of International Films . Film service , accessed March 2, 2017 .Template: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used 
  5. ^ Adolf Heinzlmeier, Berndt Schulz: Lexicon Films on TV. Extended new edition. Rasch and Röhring, Hamburg 1990, ISBN 3-89136-392-3 , p. 712.