Planet Of The Apes: A Look Back | SYFY WIRE

WATCH: Planet of the Apes: A look back

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Oct 14, 2018, 4:01 PM EDT (Updated)

20th Century Fox's milestone sci-fi sensation Planet of the Apes turned 50 last week, and it's important to remember that it signalled a true turning point for the way the "flying saucers and ray-guns" genre was perceived by critics and audiences worldwide.

Based on Frenchman Pierre Boulle's 1963 satirical novel, La Planete Des Singes, the intelligent adaptation was crafted by The Twilight Zone's Rod Serling and The Bridge on the River Kwai screenwriter Michael Wilson.


And besides superstar Charlton Heston rockin' a loincloth, Roddy McDowall displaying a peculiar distaste for bananas, and the Statue of Liberty making a cameo in the film's final moments, Planet of the Apes boasted pioneering makeup effects by the late John Chambers.

The legendary Hollywood effects man even received a special Academy Award for his work that year which was carried out on stage by a happy chimp in a tuxedo!

Let's set the time-travel clock to March 1968 and swing back into SYFY WIRE's hairy salute to director Franklin Schaffner's Planet of the Apes and learn a ripe bunch of secrets about this seminal sci-fi classic.