CSP 145: Going Ape, pt. 2 (Escape From the Planet of the Apes / Conquest of the Planet of the Apes)

Cinescopers wants you to go ape! In celebration of the new film War For the Planet of the Apes, we’re going back to the beginning and discussing all five original Planet of the Apes films, as well as the 2001 Tim Burton remake.

This week, we’re very lucky to be joined by Sarah Jane of Talk Film Society! Up for discussion are the third and fourth films of the original franchise: 1971’s Escape From the Planet of the Apes, and 1972’s Conquest of the Planet of the Apes. Where to go after the apocalyptic ending of Beneath the Planet of the Apes? How do increasingly rapid production schedules and increasingly paltry budgets affect this beloved franchise? And when will producers start to catch on to the fact that these films are increasingly unsubtle commentary on race in America?


Intro & welcome to Sarah Jane!
0:00:00 – 0:03:24

Escape From the Planet of the Apes (spoilers)
0:03:24 – 0:35:48

Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (spoilers)
0:35:48 – 1:18:54

Outro & next week
1:18:54 – 1:21:42


  • Russo, Joe and Landsman, Larry with Gross, Edward. Planet of the Apes Revisited. Thomas Dunne Books, New York, 2001 (link to purchase)
  • Fordham, Joe and Bond, Jeff. Planet of the Apes: The Evolution of the Legend. Titan Books, London, 2014 (link to purchase)

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