Conquest of the planet of the apes

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German title Conquest of the planet of the apes
Original title Conquest of the Planet of the Apes
Country of production United States
original language English
Publishing year 1972
length Cinema and
Blu-ray Disc: 87 minutes DVD: 83 minutes
Director’s Cut: 87 minutes
Age rating FSK 16
Director J. Lee Thompson
script Paul Dehn
production Arthur P. Jacobs
music Tom Scott
camera Bruce Surtees
cut Marjorie Fowler ,
Allan Jaggs

←  Predecessor
Escape from the Planet of the Apes

Successor  →
The battle for the planet of the apes

Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (original title: Conquest of the Planet of the Apes ) is a science fiction film from 1972 by J. Lee Thompson . The film is the sequel to Planet of the Apes from 1968, Return to Planet of the Apes from 1970 and Escape from Planet of the Apes from 1971.


North America in 1991: Twenty years after the death of the chimpanzees Cornelius and Zira, their son (who is now called Caesar) has grown up in the care of the ringmaster Armando. So that no one finds out about his existence and everyone continues to believe that he died with his parents back then, there is an agreement between him and Armando not to speak in public and to move like the more primitive monkeys.

Since eight years ago due to a virus within a few months, all dogs and cats died, people thought then as a replacement for their former pets apes , but they brought more and more into servants, which is equivalent to slavery.

When Armando walks through the city with Caesar to distribute posters for his circus, Caesar can no longer bear the brutal treatment of his fellows and carelessly shouts “Cruel human beasts!” Although Armando asserts that he and not the monkey spoke, he will he was taken into custody by the State Security Service. Before that, however, he had been able to bring Caesar to safety and told him to mingle with his fellow cats if he wasn't back that evening. At the port, where new monkeys are being delivered from overseas, Caesar mingles with a load of orangutans from Borneo . At an auction he is bought by Governor Breck and assigned to the command post.

After Armando has been interrogated several times, he should finally verify his statements that he had heard the name Cornelius for the first time and that his circus monkey could not speak through the "authenticator" (a device that forces people to tell the truth) to let. Since the circus man does not want to reveal the truth and does not know what else to do, he jumps out the window to his death. When Caesar found out about it, something boiled over in him and caused him to organize an underground revolt of the apes against humans. So he has other monkeys collect weapons, ammunition and objects that can be used as weapons.

Governor Breck now has his black list (in the original: Achilles list ) distributed to all police stations , on which all monkeys are listed that were noticed by disobedience in the last year. These must be taken to the retraining center immediately. In the meantime, a computer from the monkey administration has issued the error message for the last delivery from Borneo, as there are no chimpanzees on this island. When Caesar is about to be arrested, government official MacDonald helps him to escape, but the chimpanzee is captured and tortured shortly afterwards to make sure it is the talking monkey he is looking for. Through the electric torture, Governor Breck finally gets Caesar to speak. Upon this evidence, the immediate electrocution is ordered, but MacDonald has since turned off the power and Caesar fakes his death. After his escape, he leads the ape revolution.

After violent fights with the security forces, the monkeys achieve victory, but MacDonald and the chimpanzee Lisa are able to convince Caesar that the unrestrained pursuit of their thirst for revenge would destroy the victory of the monkeys and the success of their uprising. Caesar has his arms laid down and the killing stopped for the time being, but explains that from now on people are their subordinates and that today is the birth of the “planet of the apes”.


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 Andreas Mannkopff
Governor Breck Don Murray Michael Chevalier
MacDonald Hari Rhodes Christian Brückner
Chief Inspector Kolp Severn Darden Wolfgang Völz
Armando Ricardo Montalbán Gerd Martienzen
Chairman of the Commission John Randolph Dietrich Frauboes
Inspector Hoskins HM Wynant Claus Jurichs


Production notes, publication

Shooting began on January 31, 1972. Interior shots were shot in the Fox Studios, exterior shots in the then newly built residential and commercial complex Century City (Los Angeles) , as well as at the University of California . Production costs were estimated at $ 1.7 million.

It is the only film in the Planet of the Apes series that was produced in the Todd-AO 35 film format . The movie was released in the US on June 30, 1972, and in Germany on August 10, 1972. In US cinemas, the film grossed around 9 million US dollars.


Originally a dark ending was planned for the film. Caesar's victory speech was intended to serve as a militant call for revolution, at the end of which Governor Breck was to be killed. After the version was not well received in test screenings, producer Arthur P. Jacobs and 20th Century Fox decided to subsequently change the cut of the film with existing footage and to add an extended (conciliatory) speech with the voice of Caesar. Director Thompson also reported that in a first test screening in Phoenix, mothers and their children ran out of the screening because they had not expected the bloody scenes of violence. The first version of the film also failed to get the desired MPAA rating . The studio wanted it, like the previous films, to be given unlimited approval as a family film, so there was pressure to remove violent scenes. However , the film did not receive the G-Rating ( general audiences ) it was striving for , but in the end a PG-Rating ( parental guidance suggested ), which makes it the only film in the five-part Planet of the Apes series that is not a G- Rating received. In the violent scenes of the monkey revolt, screenwriter Dehn and director Thompson oriented themselves on the Watts riots of 1965.

In the film Escape from the Planet of the Apes , Dr. Cornelius described a monkey named Aldo who was the first monkey to ever utter the word "no" and who led the rebellion against humans. In this film, however, Caesar is seen as the leader of the rebellion and the first talking monkey (since he is the child of the future monkeys Dr. Zira and Dr. Cornelius, who also speak), and the first monkey after Caesar, the “No. “And thus utters the first self-learned word a monkey ever learns, is Lisa. Aldo is only a follower of the rebellion and only learns to speak afterwards ( The Battle for the Planet of the Apes ).


“In the fourth part of the successful chimpanzee series, the monkeys rehearse the uprising against the fascist governor of California. What began as an original variation of the future leads to an annoying anthology of perfidious Uncle Tom sayings. Before what is by far the most boring film in the series is drowned in general sentimentality, veteran Thompson demonstrates one more time that he is still unable to stage action scenes. "

“A jumble of social, philosophical, religious and class struggle motifs, cemented in poor science fiction manner with completely interchangeable images. (Fourth part of the "Planet of the Apes" series) "


1973: The battle for the planet of the apes

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Conquest of 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 September 1, 1972.
  4. Conquest of the Planet of the Apes. In: Lexicon of International Films . Film service , accessed March 2, 2017 .Template: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used