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'Planet of the Apes' Returns

Pic Feted on 30th Aniversary

by Danny Lorber

This article appeared in the August 31, 1998, issue of Variety. A big thanks to APEMANIA! for supplying the photos.


"Planet of the Apes" celebrated its 30th anniversary with a commemorative screening at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences' Beverly Hills headquaters Thursday night.

Outside the theater, attendees were greeted by people costumed as apes from the pic. Along with the pic's stars Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowell and Kim Hunter, the apes were the night's biggest stars; they all arrived in black limos and were given the best seats in the house.

Screening gave Fox an opportunity to promote the docu "Behind the Planet of the Apes," a behind the scenes expose' on the making of the sci-fi classic, which will air on American Movie Classics throughout September.

Highlight of screening was when Heston's character requested a gun from his benevolent ape friends, even though they tell him he doesn't need it. When Heston loads the gun with pride and passion, the audience cheered and laughed at the appropriate gesture from the current prexy of the National Rifle Assn.

Charlton Heston at the 30th Anniversary Bash
   Charlton and Lydia Heston are greeted by General Ursus.

Heston, McDowall, Hunter and the Gang
Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter,
and Charlton Heston hang with the Gang

Roddy and the General
Roddy and the General

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Linda Harrison and the Gang