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The transformation of 'Planet of the Apes,' from book to movie legend
The transformation of 'Planet of the Apes,' from book to movie legend

Let’s give credit where credit is due. It was screenwriter Rod Serling who came up with the stunning ending to the original “Planet of the Apes” movie, which opened in 1968. You know the one: The character of Taylor, played with set-chewing panache by Charlton Heston, escapes on horseback from a simian encampment, only to discover, along a stretch of deserted beach, the Statue of Liberty protruding from the sand. “You maniacs,” he shrieks as he realizes, horribly, where he is. “You blew it up. Damn you. God damn you all to hell.” The scene has long been a pop culture trope, key to Heston’s reinvention in the late 1960s and early '70s...

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