Planet of the Apes (1968)

On June 17, 1885 the Statue of Liberty arrived in the New York Harbor. This famous copper statue is best known through out the world as a landmark for the United States of America. In several movies this statue has been present for one thing or another. In the 1968 classic Planet of the Apes, the Statue of Liberty has quite the entrance.

When three astronauts: Taylor, Landon, and Dodge wake up from a deep sleep they find themselves on a strange planet. Upon arrival they make the acquaintance of some of the people who live there. However, they find themselves being chased by civilized apes. All three of them are captured and separated. There they learn that they are living on a planet that the apes run and humans are treated for experiments. One of the apes, Zira who is a scientist, takes a special interest in Taylor due to his personality and looks. Eventually, Zira takes pity on Taylor after learning that he can write. As the movie progresses we learn that Dodge was killed by the apes and the planet is run by Dr. Zaius. With Zira on their side Taylor and Landon make a run for it only to be intercepted by soldiers. Landon is unable to make it, with Taylor and Nova, Taylor’s new girlfriend, run. Taylor is able to make it to a beach where Taylor sees the Statue of Liberty. Upon seeing the statue he condemns humanity for destroying earth.

Planet of the Apes came out in 1968 with one of the biggest plot twist of all. When the Statue of Liberty makes its entrance in the final scene we learn that Earth is a desolate wasteland run by apes who view humans as animals. On June 17, 1885, the Statue of Liberty arrived in the New York Harbor for the first time.


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