Planet of the Apes is a 1968 American science fiction film directed by Franklin J. Schaffner, based on the 1963 French novel La Planète des singes by Pierre Boulle. The film stars Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, Maurice Evans, James Whitmore, James Daly and Linda Harrison. It was the first in a series of five films made between 1968 and 1973, all produced by Arthur P. Jacobs and released by 20th Century Fox. The series was followed by a remake in 2001 and a reboot in 2011.
The film tells the story of an astronaut crew who crash-land on a strange planet in the distant future. Although the planet appears desolate at first, the surviving crew members stumble upon a society in which apes have evolved into creatures with human-like intelligence and speech. The apes have assumed the role of the dominant species and humans are mute creatures wearing animal skins.
Go Ape for these behind the scenes photos from the original and the best Planet of The Apes film. Amongst the snaps from the 1968 movie are actress Kim Hunter puffing away on a cigarette while getting made up as Zira. Doctor Zaius actor Maurice Evans in a Straw boater hat and shades chilling out on the beach and Charlton Heston in a red dressing gown. The backstage pictures were taken at various film locations around Los Angeles in 1967. (via Wikipedia and Voices Of East Anglia)