Battle for the Planet of the Apes

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Battle for the Planet of the Apes is a 1973 movie set ten years after a worldwide series of ape revolutions and a brutal nuclear war among humans, when Caesar must protect survivors of both species from an insidious human cult and a militant ape faction alike.


  • In the beginning, God created beast and man, so that both might live in friendship and share dominion over a world at peace. But in the fullness of time, evil men betrayed God's trust and, in disobedience to His holy word, waged bloody wars...not only against their own kind, but against the apes, whom they reduced to slavery. Then God, in His wrath, sent the world a savior, miraculously born of two apes who had descended on Earth from Earth's own future. And man was afraid, for both parent apes possessed the power of speech. So both were brutally murdered. But the child ape survived and grew up to set his fellow creatures free from the yoke of human slavery. Yet, in the aftermath of his victory, the surface of the world was ravaged by the vilest war in human history. The great cities of the world split asunder and were flattened. And out of one such city, our savior led a remnant of those who survived in search of greener pastures, where ape and human might forever live in friendship, according to divine will. His name was Caesar, and this is his story in those far off days.
  • We still wait, my children. But as I look at apes and humans living in friendship, in harmony and at peace, now some 600 years after Caesar's death, at least we wait with hope for the future. Perhaps only the dead.


  • You will call me by my proper rank...General!!
  • What do I care for Caesar's anger?! Let me give you a taste of mine!
  • He broke the law! With his own mouth, he broke the first law!
  • We...want...guns! Guns...are...power! Now we go and get guns!!


  • No wonder all mankind thirsted for my blood and wanted my birth aborted! In the year 3950, apes will destroy the Earth!
  • And so, Mandemus, we must be patient...and wait.


  • In all our years of slavery to mankind, the word "No" was the one word we were electrically conditioned to fear. An ape may say "No" to a human, but a human may never again say "No" to an ape.
  • Ape has never killed ape, let alone an ape child. Aldo has killed an ape child. The branch did not break. It was cut with a sword.


  • Governor, somewhere along the line of history, this bloody chain reaction has got to stop! A destroys B. B destroys C. C destroys A and is destroyed by D who destroys E. Before anyone knows where they are, there won't be anyone left to know anything, anywhere!
  • This is the Alpha and Omega bomb. It can destroy not only Ape City, but the entire Earth. Activate it and we become nothing. Leave it and its very presence will ensure that at least we remain something, and may become something better. It must never be exploded. It must be respected, even venerated, for one of its ancestors made us what we are. And what we are shall, from this day forward, be called beautiful.


School. Abe, the human teacher, is teaching literacy to a class of ape and human students.
Abe: For your assignment, please write this saying.
Abe: OK, Cornelius, let us see how you did.
Cornelius: Yes sir.
Cornelius hands his paper to Abe, who reads it aloud
Abe: Ape must never kill Abe. Interesting.

Forbidden City. Governor Kolp sees that Caesar, Virgil and MacDonald have infiltrated Forbidden City so Caesar could play recorded tapes of his parents. Kolp believes this constitutes an act of war.
Mendez: Governor, there is no proof they came here in belligerence! Let them go in peace. There has been a 12-year truce between Ape City and us. War would violate it!
Governor Kolp: Yes, it has gotten rather boring, has it not?

Aldo and his soldiers are storming the armory, which is the workplace and personal residence of Mandemus, the guardian of the armory
Aldo: Mandemus.
Mandemus: Who's there?
Aldo: Aldo. General Aldo.
Mandemus: Hmm? What do you want?
Aldo: Guns Guns.
Mandemus: (referring to the guns) What will you do with them?
Aldo: We shall do with them what we will!
Mandemus: Do what you will is the Devil's law.
Aldo: Who are you, Mandemus? God?
Mandemus: I'm am the keeper of Caesar's conscience.
Aldo: And I am the keeper of Caesar's army.
Mandemus: Under allegiance to Caesar. Where is he?
Aldo: Mandemus, as I speak, our city is being attacked by humans from without and within. Who cares where Caesar is?
Mandemus: I care. there is a law that weapons may only be issued under direct orders from Caesar, not under threats from a thick-headed subordinate, for whom war means only personal glory. Now find me Caesar. I will listen to him.
Aldo: First, listen to this. take every gun in the place. Everything. get the ammo boxes. get the handguns, grenades.
Mandemus: Stop! Stop! Caesar forbids yoooooou!

The evidence has been revealed that Aldo murdered Cornelius, Caesar's son
Apes: (chanting) Ape has killed ape.
Apes repeat the chanting for Aldo violating ape law, then march towards him
Jake: What's the matter with them?
MacDonald: I guess you could say they just joined the human race.

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