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Apes Trivia Contest

Thanks to a special promotion with Del Ray (a division of Random House), we're giving away 10 copies of the original Planet of the Apes novel, by Pierre Boulle, back in print for the new movie. All you have to do is correctly answer the following trivia questions. We'll hold a drawing on July 27, 2001, from all correct entries to decide the winners. Answers (final or otherwise) must be received via e-mail by July 26, 2001, in order to be eligible. Be sure to include your e-mail and snail mail address on your entry. Personal info will NOT be shared with anyone. Good luck!

CONTEST HAS ENDED. Thanks to everyone who entered and made our first contest a big success. All of the answers could be found on the website, many of them on the Trivia page. Answers and winners below.

  1. List the Apes films in chronological order.
    On this question, we were looking for the order in which the events depicted occurred (Escape, Conquest, Battle, Planet, Beneath), rather than the order of release (Planet, Beneath, Escape, Conquest, Battle), but could have worded the question better. A few contestants got the order correct, but due to our oversight, we accepted both answers here.
  2. Two actors from the original Planet of the Apes appear in the current film. Who are they?
    Charlton Heston and Linda Harrison. Heston plays Thade's father, of course. Linda Harrison is standing next to Leo in the cage after being rounded up in the hunt. She originally had a line, advising him not to speak, which, unfortunately, didn't make it into the final print.
  3. Charlton Heston made two other classic sci-fi films. Name them.
    The Omaga Man (1971) and Soylent Green (1973).
  4. How many Apes TV series were there?
    Two. There was a live-action series, Planet of the Apes (1974), starring Roddy McDowall, James Naughton, and Ron Harper.  That was followed by an animated series, Return to the Planet of the Apes (1975). Both series lasted only one year.
  5. Linda Harrison once changed her name to what?
    Augusta Summerland.
  6. Only one person appeared (shot new scenes for the film) in all five Planet of the Apes films. Who was it?
    This is another where we goofed, so the question didn't count. Originally, we mistakenly asked for two individuals. The one person who appeared in all five Apes films -- Hollywood columnist James Bacon. Bacon did bits as a gorilla in four films, and appeared as a general in the opening scenes of Escape. Apes Producer Arthur P. Jacobs liked to give Bacon and fellow columnist Army Archerd bit parts in his movies for P.R. purposes. Roddy McDowall's voice is heard in Beneath, but he didn't shoot new footage for the film.
  7. Which of the lead actors "technically" appeared in all five films (he played in four, and footage featuring him appeared in the fifth)? Which film featured the footage?
    That was Roddy McDowall. Though he didn't shoot new footage for Beneath, he was seen briefly in a scene from the previous film.
  8. Two famous film directors played in one of the Apes movies. Who were they and in which film did they appear?
    Both John Huston and John Landis appear in Battle as "The Lawgiver" and "Jake's Friend," respectively.
  9. Who was originally cast to play Dr. Zaius?
    Edward G. Robinson was cast as Dr. Zauis and appeared in the test film shot for Fox executives. However, due to his weak heart, Robinson knew he couldn't endure the grueling make-up sessions.
  10. Linda Harrison also appeared in another famous sci-fi film and its sequel. Name them.
    Cocoon (1985) and Cocoon: The Return (1988), both of which were produced by ex-husband Richard Zanuck.
  11. Name the three actors who appeared with Charlton Heston in the make-up test shot by 20th Century-Fox that finally convinced the studio to greenlight Planet of the Apes?
    Edward G. Robinson (Dr. Zauis), James Brolin (Cornelius), and Linda Harrison (Zira).
  12. What character did John Landis play?
    "Jake's Friend" in Battle.
  13. Who was the original choice to portray Leo Davidson in the Tim Burton film?
    This was a tough question, but a few people got it right. The most received answer was Arnold Schwarzenegger, which is incorrect. Schwarzenegger was slated to play Alexander Troy (there's a movie name if we ever heard one) in the earlier drafts of the script that bear no resemblance to the original or the new film. The part of Leo Davidson, in the final script, was originally offered to Matt Damon, who turned it down to do the Bourne Identity. The part was then offered to Mark Wahlberg.
  14. Linda Harrison was once married to which Apes producer?
    She was married to the current Apes producer, Richard Zanuck who, ironically, was President of 20th Century-Fox when the original was made. Zanuck greenlit the first film.
  15. How much was Charlton Heston paid to appear in Beneath the Planet of the Apes?
    Charlton Heston worked for free on Beneath. He was against doing the sequel for artistic reasons, but was indebted to studio head Richard Zanuck for making the first film, which was considered a huge risk. He let Zanuck donate money to his son's school in lieu of payment.
  16. Name the three astronauts that land on the planet with Taylor.
    Landon, Dodge, and Stewart.
  17. On what condition did Charlton Heston agree to appear in Beneath the Planet of the Apes?
    Heston agreed to do the sequel if he could be killed off in the first scene. This was later expanded to Taylor disappearing at the beginning and him dying at the end, taking the whole world with him.
  18. Arthur P. Jacobs was once the publicist for which famous sex symbol?
    Marilyn Monroe.
  19. Which famous TV writer co-wrote the screenplay for Planet of the Apes?
    Rod Serling, creator of The Twilight Zone (which Planet greatly resembles in structure). Among Serling's wonderful contributions is the Statue of Liberty scene at the end.
  20. Who played Stewart?
    Dianne Stanley. We were very impressed that everyone got this question correct. Many people mistakenly believe that Natalie Trundy played Stewart (we did, too, at one time).
  21. What was the original title for Beneath the Planet of the Apes?
    The title we were looking for is Planet of the Apes Revisited (the title of Joe Russo's new book). However, many people said Planet of the Men, which we also accepted.
  22. Name two famous actors who turned down roles in Beneath the Planet of the Apes.
    The two people we were looking for were Orson Welles (General Ursus) and Burt Reynolds (Brent). However, several people said Roddy McDowall, which was also correct, so we accepted that, too.
  23. Linda Harrison was the producer's original choice for a character in a Spielberg film. Name the character and the film.
    Linda Harrison was the first choice to play Chief Brody's wife in Jaws. Harrison was married to Richard Zanuck at the time, one of the film's producers (he left Fox and became an independent producer with partner David Brown). Zanuck all but promised her the role. Steven Spielberg, without knowing what Zanuck had planned, was taking an exercise class with Lorraine Gary and practically promised her the role. Lorraine Gary was also married to Universal honcho Sidney Sheinberg, who had also given Spielberg his first job. Gary ended up with the part.
  24. What did Taylor do at the end of Beneath the Planet of the Apes?
    Blew up the Earth. Heston mistakenly believed that would put an end to the Apes sequels.
  25. What was the original title of Escape from the Planet of the Apes?
    This was another tough one, but the answer is in Joe Russo's Starlog article. It was Secret of the Planet of the Apes.
  26. What year did the dogs and cats die in the original film series?
    1984. The year of the Plague from space. Possibly brought back to Earth by an unmanned space probe (Many records were lost in the War), the Plague spreads over the planet in weeks, killing all cats and dogs. "Apparently" harmless to humans and other animal species.
  27. What was Caesar's name before he changed it?
    Milo, named after Dr. Milo, Cornelius and Zira's companion from Escape.
  28. Who raised Caesar?
    Armando, the Circus Owner (portrayed by Ricardo Montalban).
  29. What happened to Nova in Planet of the Apes that was cut from the film?
    Taylor learned that she was pregnant.
  30. What famous songwriter appeared in Battle for the Planet of the Apes?
    Paul Williams, playing Virgil. He co-wrote the Oscar-winning "Evergreen" with Barbra Streisand ("it's like buttah!").



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