The Statue of Liberty - on the Screen
A visual history of the Statue of Liberty as seen in the movies.
Some quick facts: The sculptor was Frederic Bartholdi. The statue was completed in Paris and shipped to New York in 1885.
The statue was unveiled on what used to be called Bedloe's Island in October 28, 1886. The island was renamed Liberty Island in 1956.
The statue, not including the pedestal is 151ft high. The height from pedestal to torch is 306ft. The statue weighs 225 tons.
The statue's title - Liberty Enlightening the World.
One of the earliest disaster movies, Deluge (1933). The United States is hit by a massive earthquake, and a tsunami floods New York.
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock, Saboteur (1942) has an exciting climax with hero Robert Cummings confronting villain Norman Lloyd on Liberty's Torch,
Planet of the Apes (1968). "Damn you all to hell!" One of the great shock endings in cinema history, Taylor (Charlton Heston) discovers that the Ape planet is our Earth two thousand years in the future.
Superman the Movie (1978). Superman takes Lois Lane for a flight round Metropolis. The Statue of Liberty also appears in Superman III and is nearly destroyed by Nuclear Man in the horrendous Superman IV.
Poster artwork for Escape from New York (1981), it looks spectacular but the Statue of Liberty remains intact in the movie. I wonder if the makers of Cloverfield were influenced by this poster?
Remo (1985). Remo Williams (Fred Ward) fights a bunch of thugs on top of the statue, which was surrounded by scaffolding for much needed restoration work at the time.
Ghostbusters II (1989). The Statue of Liberty is brought to life to fight evil thanks to the Ghostbusters.
Batman Forever (1995). Two-Face (Tommy Lee Jones) flies a helicopter, with Batman (Val Kilmer) on board, straight into the statue. They both survive to fight another day.
Judge Dredd (1995). The 3rd Millennium and Earth is mostly a barren wasteland, here the statue seems to have been moved into Mega City One. Sylvester Stallone is Joseph Dredd, the toughest of the Street Judges and he is The Law!
Independence Day (1996). Look at this! This is what happens after a devastating alien invasion, it's terrible! But luckily for mankind the alien invaders were using Apple computers to control their ships...
Deep Impact (1998). Here we go again, a huge asteroid hits the Atlantic Ocean creating a thousand foot high tsunami (is that even possible?) which destroys Manhattan and the statue is the first to go of course.
X-Men (2000). The X-Men battle Magneto at the Statue of Liberty at the climax of the movie.
A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001). The future and thanks to global warming and melting icecaps only the torch of the Statue of Liberty is visible. I wonder if it's still a popular tourist destination?
The Day After Tomorrow (2004). More extreme weather this time it might be happening now, global warming is causing all kinds of catastrophe's worldwide. New York gets flooded by yet another massive tsunami, the statue miraculously survives this event but is soon caught in a sudden deep freeze. These things happen fast in the movies.
Cloverfield (2008). A mysterious monster knocks the statue's head flying across New York and into a city street. Nothing in the film is explained, will there be a sequel? I wish there was one and lets have a good look at the creature this time, with less of that headache-inducing shakycam please.
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