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Collecting Classic Planet of the Apes Movie Quad Posters

The classic Planet of the Apes film was released in 1968 and four further films were released in the first series: Beneath the Planet of the Apes 1970; Escape from the Planet of the Apes 1971; Conquest of the Planet of the Apes 1972;  and Battle for the Planet of the Apes 1973  We take a look at the UK movie quad posters created for the films. The quad posters for the Planet of the Apes films are some of the most recognizable pieces of movie advertising from the late 1960s and early 1970s and fine examples are very collectable. The original poster for the 1968 film was particularly effective, as it featured a now-iconic image of Charlton Heston as he realized the truth about the planet.

Planet of the Apes 1968

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Planet Of The Apes British Film Poster. This example sold for £850 at Bonhams, November 2021.

In the 1968 film Planet of the Apes, an astronaut named Taylor (played by Charlton Heston) crash-lands on a strange planet ruled by intelligent apes. The apes consider humans to be primitive creatures and keep them as slaves. Taylor eventually leads a revolt against the apes, but is captured and put on trial. During the trial, it is revealed that the planet is actually Earth, and that the apes have evolved while humans have devolved. The film ends with Taylor wandering off into the ruins of civilization, contemplating the situation. Planet of the Apes is a classic science fiction film that is still relevant today. It addresses issues of racism, slavery, and human rights, and offers a devastating comment on the potential consequences of nuclear war.

The poster features the classic heading
SOMEWHERE IN THE UNIVERSE THERE MUST BE SOMETHING BETTER THAN MAN.
IN A MATTER OF TIME, AN ASTRONAUT WILL WING THROUGH THE CENTURIES AND FINE THE ANSWER.
HE MAY FIND THE MOST TERRIFYING ONE OF ALL ON THE PLANET WHERE APES ARE THE RULERS AND MAN THE BEAST.

Beneath the Planet of the Apes 1970

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Beneath The Planet of The Apes (1969) British Quad film poster, artwork by Tom Chantrell, linen backed, 30 x 40 inches. Sold at Ewbanks for £120, March 2019.

In the 1970 film Beneath the Planet of the Apes, Brent (played by James Franciscus) is a journalist who arrives on the planet in search of his missing friend, Taylor (played by Charlton Heston). Brent soon discovers that the planet is ruled by apes, and that humans are treated as slaves. He also finds out that Taylor has been captured and is being held prisoner. Brent then sets out to rescue Taylor, with the help of Nova (played by Linda Harrison), a human woman who falls in love with him. Brent travels to the Forbidden Zone, where he discovers a group of human survivors living underground. These survivors have developed telepathic abilities and are planning to destroy the surface world with a nuclear bomb. Brent attempts to stop them, but he is ultimately unsuccessful and the bomb destroys everything. Beneath the Planet of the Apes is a powerful film that explores themes of loyalty, love, and betrayal. It is considered one of the best films in the Planet of the Apes franchise and has won numerous awards.

Escape from the Planet of the Apes 1971

escape from the planet of the apes movie quad poster
Estimate £60-£80

The film begins with a trio of apes – Cornelius, Zira, and their infant son – escaping from a destroyed Earth in an spacecraft. They crash-land in contemporary America, where they are immediately captured and put on public display. While being studied by scientists, the apes learn to speak and soon come to dominate their captors. Fearing that the apes will overthrow them, the humans devise a plan to send the apes back to their own time. But when Zira’s baby is born human, the apes realize that their destiny has changed forever… Escape from the Planet of the Apes is a science fiction classic that explores what might happen if intelligent apes were to take over the world. The film is suspenseful, thought-provoking, and entertaining, with excellent performances from its all-star cast. It is a must-see for fans of the genre.

Conquest of the Planet of the Apes 1972

conquest for the planet of the apes movie quad poster
Estimate £60-£80

In Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, the year is 1991 and apes have become slaves, used for manual labor and entertainment. Caesar, son of the late great ape leader Cornelia and Cornelius, is brought to a zoo where he is caged and tormented. witness these atrocities firsthand, Caesar leads an uprising that culminates in a full-scale revolution. With apes in charge and humans now the slaves, will peace reign or will this new order merely mirror the old one? Conquest of the Planet of the Apes is a gripping tale of oppression and rebellion that raises questions about what it means to be human. vConquest of the Planet of the Apes is a thought-provoking film that explores the relationship between humans and animals. It is also a brutal story that highlights the dark side of human nature.

Battle for the Planet of the Apes 1973

battle for the planet of the apes movie quad poster
Estimate £60-£80

The 1973 film Battle for the Planet of the Apes is set 10 years after the events of Conquest of the Planet of the Apes. The apes have established a peaceful society in the ruins of San Francisco, but they are soon threatened by a group of humans who want to take back control of the planet. As the two sides prepare for war, Caesar (played by Roddy McDowall) tries to find a way to avoid bloodshed. However, when his wife is killed in an attack, Caesar leads the apes into battle. The film ends with the apes and humans reaching a truce, but it is clear that the peace will not last long. Battle for the Planet of the Apes was well-received by critics and was a box office success. It is considered to be one of the best films in the Planet of the Apes franchise.

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