Quite possibly the best Sci-Fi movie
Please, for the love of God, watch this movie. It is not necessary to see the sequels to this original classic, although they have thier appeal in their own regards, but Planet of the Apes makes use of Sci-Fi themes and does it in an engaging way.
Most of us weren't even born when this movie was released and it stars Charlton Heston and Roddy McDowell, along with the memorable Dr. Zauis as portrayed by Maurice Evans. Granted, the FX simply involve the costumes and designs of this "new" planet, but they still hold up to the date of this review, many years later.
It is the story of a few astronauts who get stuck in a time warp/suspended animation after launching from Earth. They awake from their suspended animation to find themselves with one crew member deceased, and on a planet they don't quite recognize.
They eventually find their way to what appears to be a primitive civilization only to discover that primates have mutated/evolved into humanoid creatures with intelligence and all the animalistic charactersistics of apes but in a surprisingly familiar human way.
This ape civilization is a Military one where humans exist and are used as slaves, and many of them are unintelligent and incapable of speech. There is also a basic Caste system amongst the primates, which you will discover when you watch this movie.
Needless to say the surviving astronauts, led by Charlton Heston, have various encounters and Heston's character, Col. George Taylor, manages to befriend the intelligent Zira and her companion. To reveal anymore would be a disservice if you've not seen this movie for some reason. If you've seen the God-awful Tim Burton version of this movie and were disappointed or confused, forget that one and just watch....and BUY this movie.
Worth watching several times, and with the infamous line by Charlton Heston, and an ending that has become an iconic one amongst movies of many genres.