50 Best Sci-Fi Movies of the 1970s

From cosmic head trips to adventures in galaxies far, far away

42. 'Escape From the Planet of the Apes' (1971)

Three future-apes — Cornelius (Roddy McDowall), Zira (Kim Hunter), and Dr. Milo (Sal Mineo) — fly back through the same time-warp that brought astronauts to their Earth in the first Planet of the Apes. They land in 1973, where they're treated first as curiosities, then as celebrities, and finally, as public enemies. The simple premise-flip doesn't just retool the series and bring new energy to the franchise; it gives director Don Taylor a chance to introduce some striking new imagery, placing Cornelius and Zira against the backdrop of a Seventies America already beset with paranoia and generational conflict. NM

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