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Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972) Poster

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Jump to: Continuity (4)  | Crew or equipment visible (1)  | Factual errors (1)  | Incorrectly regarded as goofs (1)  | Plot holes (1)  | Revealing mistakes (4)  | Spoilers (3)

Continuity 

(at around 1h 16 mins) When Caesar gets an M-16 during the riot from the armory, he's running along firing. As he's shooting, two riot police with shotguns are firing back at Caesar. The officer on the right of the screen has his shield down, but in the very next shot as he's being killed, his shield is raised.
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When Armando is being questioned by Governor Breck and his men, Armando is shown the taped conclusion from the Presidential Commission regarding the fate of Cornelius & Zira (footage from Escape from the Planet of the Apes) on a round video monitor, the image changes from an approx. 1.33:1 aspect ratio, then to a wider aspect approx. 1.85:1 in the close-up of the monitor, then to a circular image in a following wide shot and then finally back to the approx. 1.85:1 aspect in the return close-up of the monitor.
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Early on, when people are protesting in front of a government building, marching in a circle and holding signs, there is an announcement on the loud-speaker being made. The announcement continues without interruption, however, the people marching in the circle cut from two people to two different people in the same position in the circle without disruption of announcement audio.
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Right before Caesar gets tortured by electrocution, the operator throws 3 of the 4 switches on the control panel. He then starts moving the dials. In the close up all 4 switches have suddenly been thrown.
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Crew or equipment visible 

(at around 1h 11 mins) When the apes rise up against the humans, shortly after an ape throws a flaming torch to start a fire, the camera pans back and for a brief moment you can see a metal tube mounted to the ground shooting gas to create the wall of fire.
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Factual errors 

In fewer then 20 years since Escape from the Planet of the Apes, chimpanzees, gorillas and orangutans have evolved to a perfectly humanistic form, a feat that would take thousands of years, not just one generation.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

Armando calls the son of Zira and Cornelius "Caesar" at the start of the film rather than his given name, "Milo". Since this name was well known to the authorities as that of one of the three chimps that had arrived from space in Escape from the Planet of the Apes, this was a wise move. Since Caesar was able to read, he managed to locate his name in Governor Breck's book although he made it seem as if he chose it at random as an illiterate ape would.
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Plot holes 

DNA testing, which was in its infancy at the time of the filming, was apparently unknown to the writers of the film. If it wasn't, then discovering who Caesar was would have been a relatively simple task .
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Revealing mistakes 

(at around 54 mins) When Caesar is being tortured, you can see a small rectangular hole in his mask at the rear of the upper lip, presumably for the actor to breathe through.
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(at around 48 mins) Throughout the film, the supposedly wireless telephones are simply standard telephones with the wires removed and the wire outlets taped over. This is most noticeable when Mr. McDonald is talking on a red phone and the tape color does not match.
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Throughout the film, the apes have human-looking feet, and not the ape-shaped feet as in the earlier films. This is most apparent when the apes are strapped to the electrical torture device, to which the feet are visibly bound.
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Near the end of the film, and at night, when the apes are beginning to rise up, the city center is shown with first, people running to take cover, and then military forces taking positions, while the apes are shown spilling gas around the area, almost none of the very visible public lighting is shown lit.
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Spoilers

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Continuity 

When Caesar is about to hit Breck with the butt of his rifle, the close up reveals that there is no magazine in the gun. Caesar then reconsiders. In the next shot the magazine is suddenly present.
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Plot holes 

The machine being used to torture Caesar emits a loud hum when activated. The operator and Kolp would have noticed that the machine was not working when MacDonald killed the power.
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Revealing mistakes 

(at around 1h 23 mins) When the chimpanzee Lisa opens her mouth to utter her only line in the movie ("No!"), you can see her real teeth behind her makeup appliance and fake teeth.
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