War for the Planet of the Apes

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War for the Planet of the Apes is a 2017 American science fiction action film about a confrontation between the apes, led by Caesar, and the humans for control of Earth.

Directed by Matt Reeves. Written by Mark Bomback and Matt Reeves.
For freedom. For family. For the planet. (taglines)


  • I did not start this war. I offered you peace. I showed you mercy. But now you're here. To finish us off... for good.
  • I did not start this war. But I will finish it.
  • This is my fight. I may not make it back. Make sure my son knows who his father was.
  • My son. My wife. Are dead.

Bad Ape[edit]

  • Human get sick. Ape get smart. Then human kill ape. But not me. I run.
  • [often repeated line] Oh no!


  • The Colonel: All of human history has lead to this moment. The irony is we created you. And nature has been punishing us ever since. This is our last stand. And if we lose... it will be a Planet of Apes.
  • Red Donkey: I don't fear you.


Preacher: You are him. You're Caesar. We've been searching for you for so long. We heard you had a hidden command base, but we could never find it. Some of us were starting to think that you might be dead, but the Colonel McCullough said you were out here somewhere.
Travis: Kill us already.
Lang: Shut up, man!
Travis: What? They're animals. He's gonna slaughter us.
Caesar: I did not start this war. The ape who did is dead. His name was Koba. I killed him. Now I fight only to protect apes.
Travis: Yeah? What about him? We got ten more just like him.
Caesar: I know these apes. They followed Koba. They tried to kill me. They fear what I will do to them. So now they serve you... just to survive.
Red Ape : I don't fear you. You must fear! How long you think woods can protect you? Humans destroy you. Their Colonel has all power. For them, he more than just human. He everything. He say: "First Caesar die... then all of you die." [An ape then knocks him unconscious with the back of a gun]

Maurice: Do you think they will give him the message?
Caesar: They are the message, Maurice. He will see we are not savages.

Caesar: Koba still haunts us. What I didn't see that he could not forgive what humans did to him.
Maurice: No one could have known how much darkness... was living inside him.

The Colonel: Grant...and Lee. Wellington...and Napoleon. Custer and Sitting Bull... You're probably not much of a reader, but this is a big moment. Where were you? We came upon your herd. We got lucky. I was surprised you weren't with them. I hope you don't come to regret sparing his life. He's quite a good shot. Have you finally come to save your apes?
Caesar: I came for you.
The Colonel: For me? Who did I kill that night?
Caesar: My wife. My son.
The Colonel: I'm sorry. I was there for you. God. My God. Look at your eyes. Almost human.
The Colonel: How'd you know I was here?
Caesar: I was told... you were coming. That more soldiers from the north were will be joining you here.
The Colonel: Joining me here?
Caesar: To finish us off... for good.
The Colonel: Who told you that?
The Colonel: Ok. Let's go.

Caesar: Lake.
Lake: [via sign language] Forgive them. We've been through much.
Cornelius: [signs] Father!
Caesar: What have I done?

Captain: Blood!
Soldiers: Makes the grass grow!
Captain: We!
Soldiers: Make the blood flow!
Captain: We are the beginning!
Soldiers: And the end!

The Colonel: Interfere with the work again, I will begin slaughtering the apes, one by one. Understand? I need that wall. Apes need food and water. They'll get food and water when they finish their work. Give apes food and water.
Caesar: Or they cannot finish it.
The Colonel: You know, you're very emotional. What makes you think youre in a position to make demands?

Caesar: The soldiers who are coming here, they are not coming to join you, are they? I saw men outside, on the wall, preparing for battle.
The Colonel: They told me you're smart, but that's impressive. No, they won't be joining me.
Caesar: They are against you?
The Colonel: They fear me.
Caesar: Why? Because you kill your own men? We found bodies. Something wrong with these men.
The Colonel: Jesus Christ, you are impressive. You paint quite a picture. What you must think of me.
Caesar: I think you have no mercy.
The Colonel: You came here to kill me. Were you going to show me mercy?
Caesar: I showed you mercy when I spared your men. I offered you peace and you killed my family.
The Colonel: Mercy. Do you have any idea what your mercy would do to us? You're much stronger than we are. You're smart as hell. No matter what you say, you'd eventually replace us. That's the law of Nature. The irony is, we created you. We tried to defy Nature, bend it to our will. And Nature's been punishing us for our arrogance ever since. Ten months ago, I sent out recon units to look for your base. My own son was a soldier with one of the units. One day he suddenly stopped speaking. He became primitive, like an animal. They contacted me, said that they thought he'd lost his mind, that the war was too much for him. Then the man who cared for him stopped speaking too. Their medic had a theory, before he stopped speaking, that the virus that almost wiped us out, the virus that every human survivor still carries, had suddenly changed. Mutated. And if it spread, it would destroy humanity for good this time. Not by killing us, but by robbing us of the things that make us human. Our speech, our higher thinking. It would turn us into beasts. You talk about mercy? What would you have done? It was a moment of clarity for me. I realized that I would have to sacrifice my only son, so that humanity could be saved. I held that gun in my hand for a long time... And I pointed it at my only child. He looked at me with trust in his eyes. Even in his primitive gaze, I felt his... love. I pulled the trigger. It purified me. It made my purpose clear. I gave orders to kill the others infected, all of them. Burn their belongings, anything that might spread contamination. Some of the men questioned my judgment. I was asking them to do what I had done, to sacrifice their friends, their family. Of course, they refused. I had them killed too. Others with children deserted into the woods. One of those cowards fled to my superiors up north. They tried to convince me that this plague could be dealt with medically. Thats when I realized that they had learned nothing from our past.
Caesar: You killed them too?
The Colonel: What did I do, Preacher?
Preacher: You severed their heads, sir.
The Colonel: Except for the one I spared so he could return and deliver a message. If they wanted to relieve me of my command, they'd have to meet me here, and do it themselves. This used to be a weapons depot. They turned it into a relocation camp when the crisis was just beginning. But the weapons are all still here, inside the mountain.
Caesar: How many men will be coming?
The Colonel: Probably all of them. But don't get any ideas, the only thing they fear more than me is you apes. This is a holy war. All of human history has led to this moment. If we lose, we'll be the last of our kind. It will be a planet of apes, and we'II become your cattle. Look at you. You think I am sick, don't you? I didn't mean to kill your son. But if his destiny was to inherit your unholy kingdom... I am glad I did.
[Caesar lashes, only to be restrained]
The Colonel: So emotional! I see how conflicted you are. You are confused in your purpose. You're angry at me for something I did that was an act of war. But you're taking this all much far too personally. What do you think my men would have done to your apes, if you had killed me? Or is killing me more important?

Red Donkey: You know... Colonel shoot apes when wall's done.
Caesar: His wall is... madness. It will not save him, anymore than it will save you.
Red Donkey: I save myself.
Caesar: Is there anything left of you to save?

Caesar: Do not worry, Maurice. You are home now. Apes are strong... With or without me.
Maurice: '[speaking] Son will know who was father... And what Caesar did for us.


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