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Posted on Sat, Jul 20, 2013 : 12:25 p.m.

Sci-fi classic 'Planet of the Apes' screens Sunday, Tuesday at the Michigan Theater

By Roger LeLievre


"Planet of the Apes"

If you’ll pardon the pun, it’s hard to not go bananas over the next offering in the Michigan Theater’s Summer Classic Film Series, the 1968 sci-fi favorite “Planet of the Apes.”

The movie, starring Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowell, Maurice Evans and Kim Hunter, spawned four successful sequels and won a special Academy Award for John Chambers‘s convincing makeup.

Here’s the plot: When an astronaut crew crash lands on a planet in the distant future, they find that intelligent talking apes are the dominant species, and humans are the oppressed and enslaved. What’s more, there’s a secret about the planet’s history that its inhabitants will go to any lengths to protect.

For those concerned about the film’s deeper meaning, Rotten Tomatoes says “Planet of the Apes raises thought-provoking questions about our culture without letting social commentary get in the way of the drama and action.”

For those of you who couldn't care less, be aware this film contains Charlton Heston's first nude scene.

“Planet of the Apes” will screen at Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St., Sunday, July 21 at 1:30 p.m. and Tuesday, July 23 at 7 p.m. Admission is $10 (discounts for seniors, students and members). Advance tickets at Details at or 734-668-8397.



Sun, Jul 21, 2013 : 12:17 p.m.

Great movie, but no reason to pay to see it.


Sun, Jul 21, 2013 : 2:26 a.m.

A classic movie from the '60's. We sat through two consecutive showings when it first came out in 1968, and I have seen it several times since. (Ranks up there with other classic '60's movies such as The Graduate, Bonnie and Clyde, and Goodbye Columbus.)

Nicholas Urfe

Sat, Jul 20, 2013 : 4:40 p.m.

Take Your Stinkin' Paws Off Me You Damn Dirty Ape!