Behind the Planet of the Apes
Behind the Planet of the Apes
Released September 6th, 1998
(U.S. TV broadcast)
Production company Van Ness Films,
FoxStar Productions,
20th Century Fox
MPAA Rating G
Running time 120 min.
Directors Kevin Burns,
David Comtois
Writers Brian Anthony,
David Comtois,
Kevin Burns




This documentary was shown as part of the American Movie Classics (AMC) cable TV channel's celebration of the 30th anniversary of the release of Planet of the Apes (1968). We learn how the original French novel was transformed into the first film; the problems that the producers encountered during production of the entire series (often involving shrinking budgets); how the stories related to current events (e.g., the Vietnam War and the civil rights movement); and how the series became a pervasive part of American popular culture. The film includes interviews with many of the people involved in the production of the film series, including all the main performers. Personal movies taken on the shooting sets and early ape makeup test footage (with Edward G. Robinson and James Brolin) are also featured.


  • Behind the Planet of the Apes originally aired on the American Movie Classics (AMC) channel in September of 1998.
  • Behind the Planet of the Apes was originally issued as a bonus disk on the Planet of the Apes: The Evolution DVD Collection. The documentary was later re-issued in 2001 as a separate DVD with additional footage.
  • The framing scenes featuring host Roddy McDowall were filmed at Malibu Creek State Park - 1925 Las Virgenes Road, Calabasas, California, USA.
  • When condensed for broadcast on Bio (A&E's Biography Channel), the word "God" in Charlton Heston's final line from the original Planet of the Apes is censored, and the nudity during the courtroom scene is blurred out.

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