I've really missed out all these years, now I can say it, I finally saw Planet of the Apes. It had all the elements that make a good film - socio commentary (lot's of anti-war messages, deconstruction of racism, questioning violence, mocking authority, etc.), good special effects for 1968, and an exciting adventure plot. And to hear Charlton Heston's anti-war monologue in the beginning was worth it.
My question is, did Charlton Heston know what this film was trying to accomplish? or was it one of those "Don't tell him it's about two gay guys" kind of thing like Gore Vidal did for Ben-Hur.