This is the gorilla
soldier costume. It was created for and used in the original Planet
of the Apes film. It later saw use in Beneath the Planet of the
Apes, Battle for the Planet of the Apes and the Planet of the
Apes television series. The costume consists of a dark plumb colored
leather jacket, gloves, plumb colored under shirt, pants, leather
boots with fake gorilla toe and a bandoleer with leather pouches.
Later on during the making of the television series six of these
costumes were modified for the Gorilla Police wardrobe under General
Urko's command. They were modified with silver rank stripes painted
on the front. "V" stripes,
"II" stripes, and the "M"
stripes. For the sequel, Beneath, Western Costume created
another gorilla outfit to help outfit General Ursus' invading
army. Because of budget issues these Background
costumes were made of a cheaper vinyl material since they weren't
meant to be seen up close. They weren't as nice as these leather
outfits, but still a cool piece to own (if you can get one).
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Fox and APJAC Productions. No rights are granted or implied. This website
is a fan site only. Not for profit, but because of a passion that
sparked when I was a kid and still lives today!