A 1968 American sci-fi film directed by Franklin J. Schaffner, and loosely based on the 1963 French novel La Planète des Singes by Pierre Boulle. Complex sociological themes run through this science-fiction classic about three astronauts marooned on a futuristic planet where apes rule and humans are slaves. The stunned trio discovers that these highly intellectual simians can both walk upright and talk. They have even established a class system and a political structure. The astronauts suddenly find themselves part of a devalued species, trapped and imprisoned by the apes.
Written by Michael Wilson and Rod Serling, it stars Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, Maurice Evans, James Whitmore, James Daly and Linda Harrison. A timeless classic, Planet of the Apes offers boundless opportunities for philosophical reflection ad discussion!