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194 ANOTHER ANGLE - THE OFFICE - FAVORING ZAIUS

During the ensuing exchange, Zaius wanders idly through the office. He glances at the scattered handwritten notes, but does not read them. Meanwhile a rattled Zira replies to Maximus.

ZIRA Yes, Sir. But this -- creature is a special case.

MAXIMUS Why special?

ZIRA We're -- conducting a new experiment.

ZAIUS Wouldn't it more properly be done in your office?

ZIRA Yes, Sir.

MAXIMUS (calling) Guards?

The gorilla GUARDS enter from outside.

MAXIMUS Return this beast to the compound.

195 ANOTHER ANGLE - FAVORING TAYLOR

He regards the apes with hostility as they cross to him. One picks up his leash. Over THE SHOT we hear:

ZAIUS' VOICE (o.s.) What's this?

196 REVERSE ANGLE - FEATURING ZAIUS

Zira stiffens, looking at Zaius. He is holding the paper plane fashioned by Taylor.

ZIRA A toy. It floats on the air. (faint defiance) Try it.

CORNELIUS (a warning) Zira....

Zaius looks down at the paper plane in his hand, then back to Zira. He smiles tolerantly.

ZAIUS Nonsense.

He crumples the paper plane into a b all., drops it on the desk. The ape hooks the leash to Taylor's collar, starts leading him out. Zira follows them.

DISSOLVE TO:

197 INT. CAGES - ANIMAL COMPOUND - FULL SHOT - DAY

The caged primitives are asleep. Julius, the keeper, dozes in a chair outside Taylor's cage. CAMERA PIVOTS MOVING IN ON Taylor, who is lying on his side, also asleep. Nova is curled up behind him. At the sound of a door opening, she comes instantly awake, sitting up and clutching Taylor's arm. He comes groggily awake, raising his head in time to hear:

JULIUS' VOICE (o.s.) What's up, Lieutenant?

198 REVERSE ANGLE - WHAT TAYLOR SEES:

TWO GORILLA OFFICERS have just entered the compound. They wear side arms. Julius has just risen from his chair.

APE LIEUTENANT We're taking Number Four over to surgery in five minutes. Have him ready.

JULIUS How come? The beast's throat is nearly healed.

LIEUTENANT (snickering) It's not his throat this time. The vet's going to geld him.

199 CLOSEUP - TAYLOR

He stiffens but does not move. The apes, of course, speak freely in front of him, believing the animal cannot understand.

JULIUS' VOICE (o.s.) Dr. Zira won't like it. She wants this pair to mate.

200 BACK TO THE APES - FROM TAYLOR'S P.O.V.

As the Lieutenant replies:

LIEUTENANT These orders came from Dr. Zaius himself. There's nothing she can do about it.

The two gorillas exit. The guard crosses to a wall peg for a collar and 'Leash.

201 CLOSE TWO SHOT - TAYLOR AND NOVA

Pushing Nova aside, Taylor rises.

202 MED. SHOT - THE CAGE

As Julius unlocks the door and cautiously approaches Taylor, carrying the collar and leash.

JULIUS (murmuring) If only you knew, Bright Eyes, what they're going to do ... (raising collar) Stand still now...don't give me any trouble.

The heel of Taylor's right palm crashes into the keeper's, chin, nearly snapping his neck. Julius falls unconscious. Taylor leans over him, taking his night stick and a set of keys on his belt.

203 REVERSE ANGLE - TO INCLUDE NOVA AND MALE IN ADJACENT CAGE

The male has awakened. He stares stupidly at Taylor. Nova is whimpering, little strange cries of fear. Taylor moves o.s.

204 ANOTHER ANGLE - PANNING WITH TAYLOR

He leaves the cage, moves swiftly to the nearby door and exits.

205 INT. A DARK CORRIDOR - FULL SHOT - DAY

Barefoot, Taylor silently pads down the corridor to a locked door.

206 CLOSE ON A DOOR

Which is visible because of a beam of sunlight from the half-open door of a guard room. We HEAR a murmur of ape voices and LAUGHTER. Taylor fumbles with the keys, finds one that fits the lock and opens the door.

207 EXT. ANIMAL COMPOUND - MED. SHOT - TAYLOR - DAY

He emerges, quietly locking the door behind him. Two tethered horses can be seen in deep b.g., and another gust of LAUGHTER can be heard from the nearby guard room. Taylor looks off.

208 LONG SHOT - WHAT TAYLOR SEES:

As already established, the animal compound is situated on the outskirts of the apes' community. The strange skyline of the town can be seen in the distance.

209 PANNING WITH TAYLOR

He starts to cross an open field outside the compound. At that moment we HEAR a shrill police WHISTLE from the guard room. Taylor breaks into a run.

210 REVERSE ANGLE - THE COMPOUND

As the two gorilla officers emerge from the building and run toward their horses.

211 EXT. A DIRT ROAD - LONG SHOT - TAYLOR

He runs down the road, starts across the long causeway that bisects a small lake, looking over his shoulder.

QUICK DISSOLVE TO:

212 EXT. APETOWN - LONG ESTABLISHING SHOT - DAY

The community we sue at the end of the causeway is small and arcane. There are no power lines, no street lamps -- indeed, no streets as such, but only a small cluster of buildings around a pleasant mall. The architecture of the buildings is faintly derivative of the simpler and less rococo work of Antonio Gaudi -- columns and pillars of brick or exterior masonry look like the trunks and branches of great trees and suggest an arboreal past.

A small number of apes are visible on the mall:

Taylor darts behind the buttress of a building, casing the situation. He looks back at:

213 EXT. LAKE AND CAUSEWAY - LONG SHOT - MORNING

The two mounted gorilla-police can be seen on the causeway, galloping straight toward CAMERA. It is evident they will soon spot Taylor.

214 BACK TO TAYLOR - CLOSE SHOT

He retreats from the buttress to a dark archway and vanishes inside the building.

215 INT. A DARK VESTIBULE - MOVING WITH TAYLOR

The vestibule is nothing, no set required, a dark space through which Taylor moves toward a shaft of light. We HEAR faintly the discordant chords of an organ. Or is it an organ? At any rate,a strange and melancholy tune. Taylor arrives at a font.

216 INT. A TEMPLE - PANNING WITH TAYLOR

He appears out of darkness into half-light. The rear of the temple is obscure. Taylor darts behind a screen. Crouching there, he observes:

217 A FUNERAL CEREMONY IN THE TEMPLE - MED. LONG SHOT

The temple itself is small and austere. There is no altar, but against a plain backdrop we see a statue of the Lawgiver, a Great Ape holding a book. Below the Lawgiver is an ORANGUTAN MINISTER clothed in black robes. He stands in front of a closed coffin. A dozen mourners, seated on comfortable wicker chairs, form a semi-circle around the coffin. The ape ladies wear cowls.

MINISTER Weep if you must, but make an end of sorrow. He lives again. Yes, he has found peace in Heaven.

218 CLOSEUP - TAYLOR

Crouching, listening, wide-eyed.

MINISTER'S VOICE (o.s.) He was a model for us all, a gorilla to remember; hunter, warrior, defender of the Faith.

219 BACK TO FUNERAL CEREMONY - FROM TAYLOR'S P.O.V.

As the minister continues his eulogy, a small ape boy detaches himself (as children will) from the group of mourners and comes marching up the aisle toward the rear of the temple.

MINISTER Cherished husband, beloved father, generous master -- yes, he was a font of simian kindness.

220 REVERSE ANGLE - SHOOTING AT TAYLOR

Who is still crouching behind the screen in deep b.g. The small fry is coming closer. Over this we hear:

MINISTER'S VOICE (o.s.) The dear departed once said to me: 'I never met an ape I didn't like'...

The small fry spots Taylor.

CHILD (shrill soprano) Look!. It's a man!

The mourners' heads turn. Taylor slinks toward the vestibule.

221 ANOTHER ANGLE - FEATURING THE MINISTER

He is aghast.

MINISTER In Heaven's name ... (aside to ushers) Get rid of that creature.

Two ushers rise, moving past CAMERA and o.s.

222 EXT. TEMPLE - CLOSE ON VESTIBULE DOOR

Staying close on the temple wall, Taylor moves stealthily away from the vestibule door. The two ape ushers appear.

FIRST USHER (pointing) There he is:

They move toward Taylor.

223 FLASH SHOT - TAYLOR

He runs out onto the mall.

224 FULL SHOT - THE MALL

Taylor belatedly sees that he is running straight toward his two mounted pursuers. Darting off in another direction, he races past startled pedestrians.

225 REACTION SHOT - TWO CHIMP PEDESTRIANS

They do a slow take.

FIRST CHIMP You see what I saw?

SECOND CHIMP Must've escaped from the zoo.

226 MED. SHOT - A MOUNTED COP

He has spotted Taylor. Drawing a folded net from his saddlebag, he swings it overhead (like a cowboy with a lariat) and gallops off in pursuit of the man.

227- SEVERAL SHOTS - TAYLOR AND PURSUING MOUNTIE 231

Taylor runs frantically from building to building, rounding corners, vanishing momentarily and reappearing on another part of the mall. At one point the mountie nearly overtakes him and flings his net, which falls short. Taylor runs on.

232 EXT. AN AMPHITHEATER - LOW ANGLE SHOT (FROM GROUND LEVEL)

It is an open-air structure, like a Greek theater, located near the central mail. Steeply tiered, it seats no more than fifty apes. The dais in the pit is some fifteen feet above ground level.

Taylor enters scene, running toward the amphitheater. Changing direction, he darts into what appears to be an access tunnel. A moment later the pursuing cop rides into' scene, dismounts and walks toward the amphitheater, looking around for Taylor.

233 EXT. AMPHITHEATER - HIGH ANGLE SHOT (FROM TOPMOST TIER)

Taylor suddenly emerges from the access tunnel and runs up a ramp encircling the amphitheater. (A retaining wall shields him from the view of the apes.) Pausing for breath at the top of the ramp, Taylor crouches behind the uppermost tier of seats and peers down:

THE AMPHITHEATER - FROM TAYLOR'S P.O.V.

The cop looks around, spots Taylor at the top tier, and starts up after him.

235- OUT 237

238 EXT. TOP OF AMPHITHEATER - PANNING WITH TAYLOR

He starts to run back down the ramp, but is suddenly confronted by his original pursuer (the dismounted cop coming up the ramp. Reversing direction, Taylor runs around the rim of the amphitheater and vanishes into an exit tunnel. The cop blows his whistle, summoning another cop, who joins him in the chase.

239- ANOTHER PART OF THE MALL - A SWIFT SEQUENCE OF SHOTS 244

In which we see the fugitive, his pursuers and the reactions of ape shoppers and workers.

245- EXT. OPEN-AIR MARKET - SEVERAL SHOTS 248

A market has been set up on one side of the mall, where street vendors behind carts or tables hawk their wares: fruits, vegetables, wearing apparel, etc. As Taylor runs frantically through the market place, several apes join the chase. In the ensuing pandemonium, like the proverbial Chinese fire drill, several tables are overturned.

249 EXT. A BUILDING - CLOSE ON AN ARCHWAY

Taylor runs into scene, pauses, panting, and looks back at his pursuers. Then he darts through the archway into the building.

250 INT. BUILDING - TRACKING WITH TAYLOR - DAY

For the moment he is the sole visitor in this wing. His pace slows to a walk as he and we observe fleetingly the specimens in what is a simian museum: Possibly several stuffed and unfamiliar animals; primitive artifacts and fossils; possibly the skeleton of a dog, a cat, etc. Over this we hear a shrill police WHISTLE.

251 FLASH SHOT - TAYLOR

He runs again.

252 MED. SHOT - AN APE MOTHER AND CHILD

Looking at the stuffed animals as Taylor races past. The mother gives a startled SCREAM.

253 REACTION SHOT - A MUSEUM GUARD

He starts after the fugitive.

254 ANOTHER PART OF THE MUSEUM - FEATURING TAYLOR

He runs past displays of other stuffed animals toward CAMERA and halts abruptly in close f.g., shocked by:

255 WHAT HE SEES: DODGE

stuffed and mounted, Dodge bares his teeth at the world.

256 CLOSEUP - TAYLOR

Reacting in horror. He hears another police WHISTLE and the echoing FOOTSTEPS of approaching guards, which mufffle his strangled gasp:

TAYLOR Dodge ...

Taylor vanishes in a BLUR of movement.

CUT TO:

257 EXT. THE MALL - APETOWN - FULL SHOT FROM ON HIGH - DAY

Order has been restored in the open-air market. Taylor bursts suddenly into view from a building on the far side of the mall, running in panic from ape guards in close pursuit. A mounted policeman spots him and heads him off. Changing direction, Taylor is intercepted by another mounted Gorilla. And then a third.

CAMERA HOLDS, ANGLING DOWN on the center of the mall. We are witnessing a hideous game: "baiting the man." The mounted police do not shoot or club Taylor, for he cannot escape -- but they circle him, their long whips CRACKING over his head.

258 CLOSER ANGLE - THE CIRCLE AROUND TAYLOR - FAVORING A MOUNTIE

who unfolds his net, swings it overhead and flings it at Taylor. This time he bags his quarry. Taylor gives up. Spent, docile, entangled in the net, he stands stock-still in the center of the mall. Guards and civillians on foot join the circle around the man at bay. They regard him warily.

259 CLOSE SHOT - DR. ZIRA

She pushes through the simian crowd around Taylor and hurries to his side.

260 CLOSE TWO SHOT - TAYLOR AND ZIRA

She paws at the net, crying impulsively:

ZIRA Taylor, why'd you run away?

Zira removes the net from his face. Panting with exhaustion, Taylor flicks a wild glance at her. He looks demented.

261 WIDER ANGLE - TO INCLUDE TWO GORILLA OFFICERS

who approach Taylor and Zira. (They are the same gorillas introduced in Scene 198.) One of them carries a collar and leash. The other presents an I.D. card to Zira.

LIEUTENANT Security police.

ZIRA (promptly) I'm in charge of this man.

LIEUTENANT No longer, madame. He is now in the custody of the Ministry of Science.

His colleague moves toward Taylor with a muzzle.

262 CLOSE SHOT - FEATURING TAYLOR

He speaks at last, his voice hoarse but audible.

TAYLOR Get away from me, you dirty ape!

263 FULL SHOT - THE SIMIANS AROUND TAYLOR

The arresting officer steps back involuntarily. All the apes freeze, staring at the speaking animal with mute astonishment as we:

FADE OUT

FADE IN

264 INT. CAGES - CLOSE SHOT - TAYLOR AND NOVA - DAY

The compound is dimly lit. Taylor, the bandage now gone from his throat, is back in his old cage. The other cages, however, are empty -- their occupants presumably having been moved to the surgery or the zoo. He is seated on a pile of straw in the rear corner, Nova's head cradled on his lap. Idly he strokes her coarse hair. There is a dull glow of madness in his eyes, and his manner is one of abstract soliloquy, like a man talking to a dog.

TAYLOR ...and that's when I decided to take up astronautical engineering., you see. I was halfway through college and I... (he breaks off) It's an old trick! The silent treatment. Four weeks and three days, and not a word from anyone. Not Zira.,or Cornelius...or that damn Julius. No one'll listen... only you. You...Nova. NO-VAH.

His manner is now more direct, and educative., but she stares in blank comprehension. She brushes his moving lips with her fingers. He shrugs wryly.

TAYLOR Yeah...me Tarzan, you Jane. That's all right ... I had a puppy once that never barked. He just licked my hand. (pause) He's dead now. They're all dead. Everything... I think maybe they'll kill me, too. Are they afraid of me? I can't hurt them... but I threaten them somehow. Threaten their faith in simian superiority. Yeah ... you're right. They'll have to kill me.

Faint footsteps are heard o.s. Taylor and Nova look in the direction of the sound. A sudden stream of water shoots through the bars and strikes Taylor in the chest.

265 WIDER ANGLE - WHAT THEY SEE:

An ape GUARD has a high pressure hose trained on Taylor. It forces him back toward the rear of the cage. Julius, whip in hand, unlocks the cage, steps inside. He unlimbers the whip., cracks it-'in Nova's direction. She recoils. The jet of water hold Taylor at bay. Julius grabs Nova, begins to pull her toward the door of the cage. Taylor tries to fight his way through the water toward Julius.

TAYLOR Let her alone!

Julius swings the whip. It cracks against Taylor's legs, biting into the skin. Taylor stumbles, falls to one knee

TAYLOR Where are you taking her? What are you going to do?

Julius drags and pushes the girl through the door, slamming and locking it behind him. Taylor, fights through the stream of water, flings himself against the bars.

TAYLOR (raging) Take your hands off her, you black monster! You filth!

Julius shoves Nova across the aisle to a cage opposite Taylor's, locks her inside.

TAYLOR Why are you doing this? Say something, you hairy scum!

Julius gestures toward the ape guard

JULIUS Turn it off!

The ape guard shuts off the hose.

TAYLOR Answer me!

Julius strides over to Taylor's cage.

JULIUS (fiercely) Shut up! The reason no one'll talk to you is because you're a freak!

TAYLOR Where's Dr. Zira? Why--?

JULIUS I said shut up!

He slashes viciously with his whip handle against Taylor's fingers. Taylor yells in pain. Julius and the ape guard start out of the compound.

TAYLOR (wildly) Ape! Apes wearing clothes! It's a madhouse! A madhouse!

He sinks to the floor as the apes go out. 266 OUT

267 FULL SHOT - CAGE

Taylor looks desolately through the bars across to Nova's cage. She eyes him sadly.

TAYLOR (gently) Now I don't even have you. (pause) Imagine me -- needing someone. Back on Earth there was nobody. Women, yes. Lots of them. Love making ithout love. That's the kind of world it was turning into, with the help of cynics like myself. So I left it -- because there was no one dear enough to keep me there. (pause) Did I tell you about Stewart? (Looking away) There was a lovely girl. The most precious cargo we brought along. If human life could survive here, she was to be the new Eve. (morosely) It's probably just as well she didn't live to see this.

He looks at Nova. She stretches her hands through the bars toward him.

TAYLOR I wonder if it's Love between us. (looks around, smiles ironically) What a place to find it.

C-267 FULL SHOT - THE CAGE

Two gorilla officers enter, carrying torches. (These are the same apes introduced in Scene 198.) One carries a double set of manacles. Julius comes to meet them. The Lieutenant takes the two sets of manacles from the other officer, hands them to Julius, whispers something. Julius comes over and unlocks the door of Taylor's cage. He advances to Taylor, who does not move, bends down and clamps the manacles around each of his ankles. Then he straightens, lifts Taylor's arms, pulls his wrists together, snaps on the cuffs.

D-267 WIDER ANGLE - THE CAGE

Taylor looks across at Nova, blows her a kiss. Julius leads him out of the cage, takes his leash from a snaps it onto Taylor's collar, hands the other end to the Lieutenant. Nova and Julius watch in silence as Taylor is led down the aisle and out the door.

268- OUT 272

DISSOLVE TO:

273 INT. INQUIRY ROOM - ESTABLISHING SHOT - DAY

Taylor, wearing his manacles, is seated at a table in the otherwise deserted chamber. There is an empty chair on either side of him. Across the room stands a dais with three rude, high-backed chairs. There is a small table directly below the dais. A third table stands at right angles to the dais. Taylor looks around the empty room. A door is opened by a gorilla BAILIFF, and Zira and Cornelius come into the room, sit down on each side of Taylor. A moment later, DR.HONORIUS, the Prosecutor and a CLERK enter, take their seats at the third table.

TAYLOR (softly) Where have you been? Why didn't you come to see me?

ZIRA Shhhh!

TAYLOR What is this?

ZIRA A hearing.

CORNELIUS (hissing) Be clever. Be quiet,

BAILIFF All rise!

Everyone gets up as THE PRESIDENT, Dr. Zaius and Dr. Maximus enter and mount the dais. The President takes the center chair; the other two flanking him.

BAILIFF Be seated.

All sit down.

PRESIDENT (pounds gavel once) This ad hoc Tribunal of the National Academy is now in session. President of the Academy presiding. On my right, Dr. Maximus, Commissioner for Animal Affairs. On my left, Dr. Zaius, Minister of Science and Chief Defender of the Faith... (glancing at Prosecutor) Appearing for the State, Dr. Honorius, Deputy Minister of Justice.

Honorius rises and bows.

PRESIDENT (raps gavel once) Let it be clear at the outset that all matters pertaining to this inquiry are confidential, and anyone discussing them outside this chamber will be held in contempt of the Tribunal. (a beat) You may proceed, Dr. Honorius.

ZIRA (rising) By your leave, Mr. President -- the Tribunal has not yet defined the purpose of this inquiry.

The President appears to be taken aback. He glances at his colleagues.

MAXIMUS You asked for the opportunity to present your case. Surely you must know why you're here.

ZIRA My own purpose is to save this exceptional creature from mutilation.

MAXIMUS (promptly) And our purpose is to settle custodial and jurisdictional questions concerning this beast, and determine what's to be done with him.

ZIRA At the very least, this man has the right to know whether there's a charge against him.

HONORIUS (rising) Objection. The accused is indeed a man. Therefore, he has no rights under ape law.

PRESIDENT Well, Dr. Zira? This is a man, is he not?

274 CLOSE GROUP SHOT - THE DEFENDANT'S TABLE

Sensing that the President has given them an opening, Zira smiles confidently.

ZIRA He is unlike any man you have ever seen - as we hope to prove.

PRESIDENT'S VOICE (o.s.) Answer the question. Is he a man?

CORNELIUS (tentatively) Sir? The question is the point at issue: Is he a man? Or a deviate? Or a freak of nature?

HONORIUS' VOICE (o.s.) Objection!

275 FULL SHOT - THE INQUIRY ROOM

As the Prosecutor continues:

PRESIDENT Sustained. In all fairness, Dr. Zira, you must admit the accused is a nonape, and therefore has no rights under ape law.

ZIRA (rising) Then why is he called the accused Your Honors must think him guilty of something.

Honorius seems confounded. Zaius takes over.

ZAIUS This man is not being tried. He is being disposed of. (pointing at Zira and Cornelius) It is scientific heresy that is actually on trial here.

MAXIMUS Well put, Dr. Zaius. Let us warn our friends that they endanger their own careers by defending this animal.

276 CLOSE SHOT - THE DEFENSE

Both Cornelius and Zira appear shaken by this threat. Sensing their predicament, Taylor rises impatiently.

TAYLOR Then I'll defend myself.

277 FULL SHOT - THE INQUIRY ROOM

Although the judges and Prosecutor have been told that this man can speak, they react in stunned silence to the first sound of his voice. Flustered, the President bangs his gavel.

PRESIDENT Dr. Zira -- tell Bright Eyes to sit down.

TAYLOR My name is Taylor.

The President refuses to address Taylor directly. Checking a document, he speaks to Zira.

PRESIDENT It says here that his name is Bright Eyes. You gave him that name yourself.

TAYLOR (voice rising) This hearing is absurd! Let me tell my story...

PRESIDENT (pounds gavel) Bailiff! Make the animal be quiet.

The Bailiff quickly crosses to Taylor and shoves him roughly into his chair.

PRESIDENT State your case, Mr. Prosecutor.

HONORIUS Learned Judges: My case is simple. It is based on our first Article of Faith: that the Almighty created the ape in his own image; that He gave him a soul and a mind; that He set him apart from the beasts of the jungle, and made him the lord of the planet.

278 CLOSE GROUP SHOT - THE DEFENDANT'S TABLE

Taylor has begun to write something on a sheet of paper. Zira and Cornelius remain attentive to:

HONORIUS' VOICE (o.s.) These sacred truths are self-evident. The proper study of apes is apes. But certain young cynics have chosen to study man - yes, perverted scientists who advance on insidious theory called 'evolution.'

279 FULL SHOT - THE INQUIRY ROOM

As the Prosecutor continues:

HONORIUS There is a conspiracy afoot to undermine the very cornerstone of our Faith

PRESIDENT Come to the point, Dr. Honorius.

HONORIUS Directly, Mr. President. This wretched man, the accused, is only a pawn in the conspiracy. We know that he was wounded in the throat at the time of his capture. The State charges that Dr. Zira and a corrupt surgeon named Galen experimented on this wounded animal, tampering with his brain and throat tissues to create a speaking monster ...

ZIRA (on her feet) Thats a lie!

PRESIDENT (pounding gavel) Mind your tongue, madame.

ZIRA Did we create his mind too? Not only can this man speak. He can write. He can reason.

HONORIUS He can reason? With the Tribunal's permission, let me expose this hoax by direct examination.

PRESIDENT Proceed. But don't turn this hearing into a farce.

Honorius crosses to the defendant's table and favors Taylor with an evil smile.

HONORIUS Tell the court, Bright Eyes -- what is the second Article of Faith?

TAYLOR I admit, I know nothing of your culture.

HONORIUS Of course he doesn't know our culture - because he cannot think. (to Taylor) Tell us why all apes are created equal.

TAYLOR Some apes, it seems, are more equal than others.

HONORIUS Ridiculous. That answer is a contradiction in terms. Tell us, Bright Eyes, why do men have no souls? What is the proof that a divine spark exists in the simian brain?

TAYLOR (hands paper to Zira) Show this to the President.

Zira moves toward the dais. Honorius returns to his own table.

ZIRA Since the defendant is forbidden to speak in his own defense, he asks that this statement be read into the record.

PRESIDENT Read it yourself.

ZIRA (reading aloud) 'I have come to you from a planet in a different solar system. I am an explorer in space, with no hostile intentions against your civilization. On my planet it was the primate Man who evolved Into a thinking animal, while the apes remained..."

PRESIDENT (rapping gavel) Stop right there. Bring me that paper.

Zira crosses to the dais, handing the statement to the President. He glances at it, laughs derisively and passes it to Zaius.

PRESIDENT (to Zira) This is a joke in very poor taste.

ZIRA Is it a joke to seek the truth about this man?

ZAIUS (glancing at document) Dr. Zira -- you state here that a ship from outer space sank in an inland sea of our eastern desert.

ZIRA I do not state it, sir. The prisoner does.

ZAIUS Do you believe him?

ZIRA (uneasily) Like you, I find it difficult.

ZAIUS But how convenient that the proof of his arrival has vanished? (glancing again at document) You also state that Bright Eyes had two intelligent companions at the time of his capture.

ZIRA This is his assertion.

ZAIUS Where are they now?

TAYLOR (blurting it out) One is in a museum!

PRESIDENT (pounding gavel) Dr. Zira! Silence that man!

Returning to her table, Zira gestures to Taylor to remain silent.

ZAIUS How sad. Stuffed and mounted, eh? Dead men, like sunken ships, can tell no stories. And his other companion?

ZIRA He doesn't know.

ZAIUS Mr. President, I believe the Prosecutor has reassembled all he surviving humans captured in the hunt along with Bright Eyes.

HONORIUS That's true, Dr. Zaius. My witnesses -- correction -- my exhibits are on display in the amphitheater.

PRESIDENT Very well. I suggest we go and look at them.

The President rises, starts out, followed by the others. Taylor is last, being led on a leash by the bailiff.

280 OUT

281 EXT. AMPHITHEATER - FULL SHOT - DAY

The inquiry group files through a door into the amphitheater. Two APES stand guard over a number of leashed and nearly naked human beings in the center of the pit below the dais. There are three primitive males, the female Nova -- and Landon. He is dirty and bearded, but his hair is cropped close.

282 CLOSE - TAYLOR

He turns to Zira, his eyes shining with vindication.

TAYLOR (a whisper) It's him...Landon.

ZIRA Which one?

TAYLOR Second from the left.

283 FULL SHOT - THE AMPHITHEATER

Zaius glances at the accused.

ZAIUS Well...do you acknowledge kinship with any of these creatures?

TAYLOR With one of them.

ZAIUS Identify him, then. Speak to him.

Taylor moves forward for a few paces, stops.

TAYLOR Landon?

284 CLOSER SHOT - FEATURING LANDON - FROM TAYLOR'S P.O.V.

Landon looks catatonic. His face is in shadow

285 WIDER ANGLE - TO INCLUDE TAYLOR

Stunned by Landon's imbecility.

TAYLOR John ... it's me, Taylor.

Taylor steps forward to grasp his arm. There is still no response. Taylor takes Landon's head in his hands and looks at his face. There is a fresh scar running from his forehead to the top of his cranium.

286 FULL SHOT - THE AMPHITHEATER

As Taylor whirls on Zira.

TAYLOR You! ... You knew about this?

ZIRA No, I swear -- I never saw this man before.

TAYLOR (whirling on Zaius) You did this to him! You've removed his frontal lobes!

PRESIDENT Silence! (turning) Bailiff, take the prisoner inside!

The bailiff Jerks brutally on Taylor's leash, pulling him toward the door leading under the amphitheater.

A-286 INT. INQUIRY ROOM - MED. SHOT - DAY

The bailiff enters, dragging Taylor behind him, shoves him into his chair. Moments later the other apes enter the room. All take their seats but Zaius. Taylor glares at him furiously.

ZAIUS (calmly) Mr. President, a word of explanation: the creature in question suffered a skull fracture during the hunt. Two fine veternary surgeons under my direction were able to save his life. But the beast could not speak, of course. Nor will he ever speak

Taylor leaps from his chair, livid with rage, approaches the dais.

TAYLOR You destroyed his memory! His mind! His identity! And, you want to do the same to me!

PRESIDENT (pounding gavel) Bailiff! Stop this outburst! Gag that monstrosity!

The bailiff and a husky guard seize Taylor, who continues shouting:

TAYLOR You barbarians!

The powerful guard twists Taylor's arms behind his back and the bailiff lashes his wrists together. Then the bailiff gags Taylor. His voice is cut off as the bailiff ties the twisted kerchief around his open mouth. The guard holds Taylor's leash during the rest of this scene.

Meanwhile, Cornelius has risen to his feet. His tone is firm, but conciliatory.

CORNELIUS May it please the Tribunal: I for one grant that this being cannot have come from another planet. But this much is certain -- he comes from somewhere in the Forbidden Zone. He has described the region to us, and described it accurately, for I have been there.

PRESIDENT You visited the Forbidden Zone?

CORNELIUS Why, yes, sir. A year ago. With the special permission of the Academy.

ZAIUS (to President) He exceeded his orders. His travel permit was promptly revoked.

CORNELIUS Yes, sir, so it was -- thanks to you. But not before I discovered evidence of a simian culture that existed long before the Sacred Scrolls were written ...

HONORIUS Objection! These remarks are profane and irrelevant.

PRESIDENT Sustained. (to Cornelius) Your archeological theories have no bearing on the disposition of this creature.

ZAIUS (softly) Let them talk, Mr President. Let them talk.

ZIRA (rising) Sirs: our theories have a bearing on his identity.

PRESIDENT How so?

ZIRA Let us assume, as common sense dictates, that the prisoner's story is false. But if he does not come from another planet, then surely he sprang from our own. Yes, sprang. (a beat) As an animal psychologist, I have found no physiological defect to explain why humans are mute.

HONORIUS Objection!

PRESIDENT Sustained.

ZIRA (plunging on) Their speech organs are adequate. The flaw lies not in anatomy but in the brain.

HONORIUS Objection!

PRESIDENT Sustained.

ZIRA (voice rising) Sustain all objections, but face the truth!

Cornelius has regained his courage. Rising to Zira's support, he points at Taylor.

CORNELIUS Yes! Behold this marvel, this living paradox, this missing link in an evolutionary chain!

PRESIDENT (pounding gavel) Silence! (Puffing with rage) You have gone too far.

ZAIUS (calmly) There you are, Mr. President. I warned you these two would use this hearing as a forum for subversion.

MAXIMUS You were right! The advocates of heresy have revealed themselves.

ZAIUS Mr. President, I think an indictment is in order.

HONORIUS (promptly) Yes, sir. The State charges Doctors Zira and Cornelius with contempt of this Tribunal, malicious mischief and scientific heresy.

PRESIDENT Be it so ordered. The Tribunal will examine all the evidence presented here and in due time render a verdict on the proposed indictment and on the disposition of the deviate in question. (pounds gavel once) This hearing is adjourned.

All rise. The guard drags Taylor from the inquiry room. Zira and Cornelius stand there, stunned by the entrapment into which Zaius has maneuvered them.

287- 289 OUT

DISSOLVE TO:

290 INT. A SMALL OFFICE - CLOSE ON DR. ZAIUS - NIGHT

The office is as unadorned and Spartan as that of Cornelius -- in fact, with minor changes in decor, the same set can be used. There are many thick leatherbound books on this scholar's desk. Zaius is reading one of them and taking notes. He looks up as someone KNOCKS at the door.

291 REVERSE ANGLE - SHOOTING PAST ZAIUS

The two agents push Taylor through the doorway.

ZAIUS Wait outside.

The officers withdraw, closing the door. Collared, wrists manacled, Taylor stands facing the desk.

ZAIUS The verdict is in. At the moment your simian friends -- and sponsors -- are free on bail. But they'll soon be brought to trial for heresy.

292 ANOTHER ANGLE - FAVORING ZAIUS

who falls silent, as if this were the only news of import. We note at once a change In Zaius' tone and attitude. He no longer treats Taylor like a freak animal, but addresses him as an imaginative adversary who must be intimidated by the threat of terror.

TAYLOR What about me?

ZAIUS (offhandedly) Oh, your case was preordained. In a way, you performed a service for the State ... (smiling) Because your hearing made it possible for us to expose Zira and Cornelius. (a beat) And now the Tribunal has placed you in my custody for...final disposition. Do you know what that means?

TAYLOR No.

ZAIUS Emasculation, to begin with. Then experimental surgery. On the speech centers. On the brain. Ultimately, a kind of living death.

Taylor stiffens but says nothing. Zaius lets this prospect sink in, then continues.

ZAIUS However, it's within my power to grant You a reprieve. That is why I summoned you here tonight. (a beat) Tell me who and what you really are and where you come from, and no veterinary will touch you.

TAYLOR I told the truth at that 'hearing'of yours.

ZAIUS You lied. Where is your tribe?

TAYLOR My tribe, as you call it, lives on another planet in a distant solar system.

ZAIUS Then how is it we speak the same language? (suddenly intense) Even in your lies, some truth slips through! That mythical community you're supposed to come from -- Fort Wayne'?

TAYLOR What about it?

ZAIUS A fort! Unconsciously, you chose a name that was belligerent. (more calmly) Where were you nurtured?

TAYLOR I take it you don't believe the prosecutor's charge -- that I'm a monster created by Dr. Zira.

ZAIUS Certainly not. You're a mutant.

TAYLOR That's exactly what Zira and Cornelius claim. You're talking heresy, doctor.

ZAIUS (smiling) Of course.

TAYLOR (growing bolder) All right, suppose I am a mutant? Why does the appearance of one mutant send you into a panic?

ZAIUS Because you're not unique. There was the one you call Landon --

TAYLOR Then you admit --

ZAIUS I admit that where there's one mutant there's probably another. And another. A nest of them. Where's your nest, Taylor? Where are your women?

TAYLOR (pause) Thank you for calling me Taylor. (more firmly) Dr. Zaius, I know who I am. Who are you? How did this upside down civilization ever get started?

ZAIUS (strangely calm) You may well call it upside down, since you occupy its lowest level. And deservedly. (pause) The eastern desert has never been explored -- because we've always assumed that no life can exist there. (a beat) Save yourself, Taylor. Tell me -- is there another jungle beyond the Forbidden Zone?

TAYLOR I don't know.

ZAIUS If you are protecting others of your kind, it will cost you your identity.

TAYLOR I'm not protecting anybody! That hearing was a farce. What have I done?

ZAIUS You're a menace! A walking pestilence. I do know who you are, Taylor. As I know that others of your kind must live in the Forbidden Zone. (decisively) You have just six hours to make a full confession. After that I'll employ surgery to obtain one. (calling off) Guards!

The two burly security agents open the door and enter.

ZAIUS Take this creature back to his cage.

The guards seize Taylor, start to shove him toward the doorway. He twists around, faces Zaius.

TAYLOR All right, you can cut me to pieces. It's within your power. (with force) But know this, doctor. You do it because you're afraid of me. You do it from fear!

Zaius jerks his head silently toward the door. The apes drag Taylor through it.

DISSOLVE TO:

293 INT. ADJACENT CAGES - MED. SHOT - NIGHT

A few hours have passed. Nova is watching Taylor from her cage across the aisle. He sits on the pile of straw. There is an ugly welt on his cheek made by the security officer's whip. FOOTSTEPS are heard. Taylor and Nova look up and off.

294 REVERSE ANGLE - WHAT THEY SEE:

A solemn, teen-age chimp named LUCIUS appears outside the cage. The guard Julius rises from his chair.

LUCIUS Are you Julius?

JULIUS What do you want?

LUCIUS I'm from the Office of Animal Affairs. (indicating Taylor) This male's to be transferred to the zoo.

JULIUS At this hour? Who says so?

Taylor enters scene, coming over to the cage bars as Lucius continues gravely, with just a note of disdain.

LUCIUS Don't they tell you anything? The Anti- vivisectionist Society is up in arms. They're going to save this beast from those butchers in the lab. If he can speak he belongs in the public zoo. (taking off) But what'll probably happen is that some money-mad grown-up will put him in a circus. And then we'll have to pay to see what rightfully should have --

JULIUS Stop making speeches and show me the order.

Lucius hands the guard a document. It is dark here, so Julius crosses to a beam of light near the bars and studies the document. Lucius, behind the guard's back, signals frantically for Taylor to seize or strike the guard. Taylor is slow to understand. Lucius shakes his head impatiently.

JULIUS (peering at document) This order's no good. It must be counter- signed by Dr. Zaius --

Lucius suddenly gives Julius a violent shove. The guard's head crashes against the bars and he is stunned.

LUCIUS Hit him!

Taylor complies bringing down the heel of his fist on the nape of the guard's neck. Julius collapses. The youngster immediately squats down, gags him, and begins to bind him hand and foot. CAMERA MOVES IN.

TAYLOR Who are you?

LUCIUS (looking up,coolly) So you can talk. (as he works) I'm Dr. Zira's nephew. This abduction was her idea. You're not really going to the zoo. That's just our cover story in case we're stopped. (off again) Although I do feel that if it ever came down to a question of whether something like you should be public or private property --

TAYLOR Come on. Get me out of here.

Taking the guard's keys, Lucius rises and unlocks the cage. Nova enters the scene, coming to the bars of her cage.

295 CLOSE TWO SHOT - TAYLOR AND NOVA

He gazes at her, tense with indecision. She flashes an imploring smile, a mute appeal that cannot be denied. Over this we hear:

LUCIUS' VOICE (o.s.) We've got to move fast.

296 WIDER ANGLE - TO INCLUDE LUCIUS

as Taylor leaves his cage.

TAYLOR She comes along too.

LUCIUS Zira doesn't want your female.

TAYLOR I want her.

LUCIUS (a shrug) If you insist. But I'm not taking any orders --

TAYLOR Fine. Just let her out.

Lucius unlocks Nova's cage. She comes out quickly, takes Taylor's hand. They follow Lucius out of the compound.

297 EXT. ANIMAL COMPOUND - MED. SHOT - NIGHT

A horse-drawn caged wagon (like that used in the hunt) stands near the building. Zira waits at the rear of the wagon. Lucius, Taylor and Nova emerge from a doorway or archway and join her. Zira notes Nova's presence with disapproval. They speak in undertones.

ZIRA (to Lucius) I told you not to bring the other one.

LUCIUS He wouldn't leave her.

ZIRA (with a sigh) All right... (to the humans) Get in...hurry. Put this on.

TAYLOR Listen-

ZIRA Taylor -- just keep quiet and we may get away with this. Remember that men all look alike to most apes.

Taylor and Nova comply, climbing into the cage. Lucius closes the tailgate. Lucius and Zira move to the front of the wagon and climb aboard. Lucius takes the reins. As they move off:

WIPE TO:

298 EXT. LAKE AND CAUSEWAY - LONG HIGH ANGLE SHOT - NIGHT

As previously established, the animal compound is on the outskirts of Apetown. The abductors must cross the causeway on their route of escape. In the distance, near the gazebo, we can see the lights of several torches.

The caged wagon rolls into scene and out onto the causeway. At the same time a mounted gorilla leading two pack animals appears on the far side of the causeway, coming toward CAMERA. Lucius stops the wagon.

299 CLOSE TWO SHOT - LUCIUS AND ZIRA - ON THE WAGON

LUCIUS (apprehensively) Gorilla hunters ...

ZIRA Keep moving. We can't turn back now.

300 BOOM SHOT - THE CAUSEWAY

As the mounted hunter nears the wagon, we can see two bodies slung across the backs of the pack animals.

301 FLASH SHOT - TAYLOR AND NOVA - IN WAGON CAGE

They look out at:

302 THE PASSING HORSES - FROM THEIR P.O.V.

The bodies on the horses are naked human corpses.

303 MED. LONG SHOT - THE CAUSEWAY - REVERSE ANGLE

In immediate f.g., near the gazebo, is a similar wagon. It has lost a wheel, and its rear axle lies on the edge of the causeway. Two naked primitive males can be dimly seen within the cage. Four or five armed gorilla hunters stand near the wagon: two of them carry torches; the others are passing a jug from hand to hand-.

The leader of the Hunt Club, still on horseback, holds up his hand as the lab wagon approaches.

LEADER Hold it!

Lucius obeys. The hunters on foot swarm around his wagon as their leader calls authoritatively:

LEADER Ah, Doctor Zira! Our wagon broke down! I'm afraid we'll have to commandeer yours.

304 CLOSER ANGLE - THE LAB WAGON

as the Hunt Club Leader rides over, recognizing the animal psychologist.

ZIRA You can't! I've two sick humans in the cage. We're taking them to the chief vet at the zoo ...

LEADER (indicating his own wagon) We bagged two live ones today. I'll have to ask you to take them along.

He moves to the rear of the wagon.

ZIRA (following him; frantically) No, no, my animals are diseased... Leave them alone! They're diseased, I tell you!

Lucius jumps down and runs toward the rear of the wagon.

305 REVERSE ANGLE - REAR OF WAGON

The hunters have opened the tailgate and are shining their torches on the humans. They sound ready for sport.

FIRST HUNTER Give him a taste of fire!

One of the hunters points his torch at Taylor, who, quite naturally, shrinks back as Lucius runs into scene.

LUCIUS Stand back! He's dangerous!

FIRST HUNTER Why?

ZIRA He's rabid! His bite is fatal!

FIRST HUNTER You serious?

LUCIUS You would die in agony! (with appropriate gestures) Frothing at the mouth!

The hunters fall back. Lucius promptly locks the tailgate and he and Zira run back to the front of the wagon. Lucius snaps the reins and the wagon moves off. The hunters follow it a few paces, pausing near their mounted leader.

FIRST HUNTER They treat those animals better than they treat us.

LEADER I still say the only good human is a dead human.

The fugitives' wagon recedes beyond the gazebo, as we:

DISSOLVE TO:

306 EXT. AN OPEN RANGE - LONG SHOT - DAWN

The horse-drawn wagon is silhouetted-against the dawn light, bumping across a semi-arid plain studded with mesquite and sage. (This SCENE can be SHOT either on the Navajo reservation near Page or on the Ranch).

DISSOLVE TO:

307 EXT. SAVANNA (OR CULTIVATED FIELDS) - LONG SHOT - MORNING

This is the same area described on page 24, where the hunt occurred. As the wagon rolls along a dirt track, the tall grasses of the savanna (or cultivated field) can be seen in b.g.

308 CLOSE TWO SHOT - TAYLOR AND NOVA - IN WAGON CAGE

Taylor is dozing, but the girl is alert and nervous. She peers out at the field, apparently recognizing or remembering this terrain. She nudges Taylor, waking him.

309 EXT. GROVE OF WILD FRUIT TREES - LONG PANNING SHOT - DAY

This, too, is the location described on page 24. CAMERA PANS with the wagon as it rolls into the grove and HOLDS on three horses. Cornelius sits astride one horse; the other two nags are heavily burdened with packs and saddlebags.

310 CLOSER ANGLE - THE GROVE - FAVORING CORNELIUS

He dismounts as Zira and Lucius jump down from the wagon and hurry toward him. Cornelius and his fiancee embrace and kiss lightly, ape-fashion.

CORNELIUS How did it go?

ZIRA There was one bad moment -- some hunters stopped us.

LUCIUS (calmly) I pursuaded them our beasts had rabies.

311 CLOSE TWO SHOT - TAYLOR AND NOVA - IN CAGED WAGON

The apes discussing the abduction are out of earshot. Exasperated to be thus ignored and caged, Taylor kicks the tailgate, shouting:

TAYLOR Let me out of here!

312 WIDER ANGLE - TO INCLUDE THE GROUP

Lucius hurries back to unlock the tailgate. Taylor gets out of the wagon, stretching his stiffened joints. Nova follows suit. During the ensuing exchange the girl seems strangely agitated, pacing to and fro, her eyes scanning the grove and fields in search of someone or something.

CORNELIUS (approaching) Well, Taylor -- we're all fugitives now.

TAYLOR Do you have any weapons?

CORNELIUS The best. But we won't need them.

TAYLOR Just the same, I want one.

He moves toward one of the horses. Cornelius starts after him.

CORNELIUS Look here, Taylor. I'm in charge of this expedition --

Taylor takes a rifle from one of the packs, examines it.

TAYLOR Fair enough. But you're no longer in charge of me. And I don't mean to be captured again.

Zira and Lucius have come up.

CORNELIUS (peeved) As you wish.

TAYLOR Zaius seems to think there might be another jungle beyond the Forbidden Zone. That's what we'll try for. What about you?

ZIRA Cornelius and I have been indicted for heresy. Unless we can prove our theories, we don't stand a chance of acquittal.

TAYLOR You're going back to the Forbidden Zone?

CORNELIUS To the diggings I worked at a year ago. It's a three day ride across the eastern desert, near where you claim you landed from that planet of yours.

TAYLOR You still don't believe me, do you?

CORNELIUS (shrugs) It's a long detour to Dead Lake. What would we find?

Taylor makes a helpless gesture, realizing that he cannot present sure proof.

TAYLOR Nothing much. The remnants of a life raft. Maybe a small flag. The emblem of my countrymen.

CORNELIUS Sorry, Taylor. The terrain around that lake is poisonous. There is no fresh water, no vegetation. Nothing.

TAYLOR I know ... Nevertheless, I thank you for saving us. You'll be in trouble for going there.

ZIRA (a smile) We've been in trouble since the moment we met you.

Nova seizes Taylor's arm to get his attention. Trying to communicate, she makes whimpering sounds and points at:

313- 314 OMIT

315 THE DISTANT JUNGLE - AS SEEN FROM THE GROVE

This is the same view of the jungle that Taylor saw when the gorilla hunters emerged from the trees. (Page 25)

ZIRA'S VOICE (o.s.) What's she pointing at?

316 BACK TO TAYLOR AND THE OTHERS

Taylor smiles at Nova, gives her a reassuring shrug.

TAYLOR That's the way home. And she knows it.

Nova turns away, still holding Taylor's arm, tries to lead him toward the jungle.

TAYLOR (sharply) Nova! (she turns; he shakes his head, says gently) We can't stay there. It's not safe.

She looks at him sadly.

ZIRA We'd better get started. If the mounted police pick up our trail, they'll come this far at least.

CORNELIUS Right. (to Lucius) Let's put the water and provisions in the wagon.

He and Lucius move off toward the horses.

ZIRA (indicating Nova) Are you going to take her with you?

TAYLOR Yes.

ZIRA Actually, you're a different breed. This creature will never evolve.

TAYLOR Maybe not.

ZIRA (smiling) You want her that much?

TAYLOR (testily) You threw us together, remember? And you guessed right. Men, like apes, get despondent without a mate.

He walks off to help Lucius and Cornelius. Nova tags along behind him as we:

DISSOLVE TO:

A-316 THE GROUP MOVES ACROSS A PLATEAU

DISSOLVE TO:

317 EXT. DRY WASH AND TAMARISKS - FEATURING SCARECROWS - DAY

The caravan is crossing, in a reverse direction, the route taken by the astronauts on page 17. The three apes are on horseback. Taylor and Nova follow in the wagon. They are nearing the row of sinister scarecrows on the bluff above the dry wash.

318 MED. SHOT - THE THREE MOUNTED APES

They halt briefly and look up at the crosses. Lucius is impressed.

LUCIUS Who put them up?

ZIRA The Hunt Club.

LUCIUS To scare off humans?

CORNELIUS To scare us, too. We're entering the Forbidden Zone.

They move off again, riding across the dry wash.

319 TWO SHOT - TAYLOR AND NOVA - SEATED ON THE WAGON

They, too, have stopped and are looking up at the scarecrows. Nova is plainly terrified. She grabs Taylor's arm, whimpers.

TAYLOR Don't worry. You'll be safe with me. (sudden smile) Here. It's time you learned to earn your keep.

He hands the reins to Nova. She just sits there. He demonstrates.

TAYLOR You can do it. Like this ...

Nova flicks the reins, reacting in wide-eyed, open-mouthed disbelief as the horse obeys her.

DISSOLVE TO:

320 EXT. DESERT PLATEAU - LONG HIGH ANGLE SHOT - DAY FOR NIGHT

The party is traversing a red desert to the east of Dead Lake. Great sandstone monoliths rise from the desert floor. From this vantage point the horses look no bigger than ants.

DISSOLVE TO:

321 EXT. RIM OF A DEEP GORGE - HELICOPTER SHOT - DAY

This is terrain never before seen in this picture. (Lake Powell location, a few miles northeast of Wahweap). The party can be seen on the rim of a flat desert tableland that falls away abruptly to a vast, irregular river of deep blue water. Taylor, Cornelius and Lucius are unloading the wagon and repacking their provisions and equipment on the backs of horses. Zira watches them.

A-321 CLOSER ANGLE - THE GROUP

Zira wanders off, falls to her knees.

LUCIUS Something's wrong with your mate.

Taylor looks off. He and the others move quickly to Nova, CAMERA PANNING with them.

B-321 CLOSE GROUP SHOT - AROUND NOVA

She has been retching. Taylor lifts her up. She is faint with nausea. Zira squats down beside them.

ZIRA Let me handle this. (ruefully, to Taylor) You may be smarter than I am, but I'm the veterinary on this planet.

Assisting Nova to her feet, Zira leads her off toward the wagon.

C-321 MED. SHOT - CORNELIUS, TAYLOR AND LUCIUS.

Taylor watches the departing females, then looks down at the river.

TAYLOR Where does the river lead?

CORNELIUS It empties into a sea some miles from here. That's where the cave is.

D-321 LONG SHOT - THE RIVER - FROM THEIR P.O.V..

The river winds o.s. between the sheer sandstone Cliffs rising from either bank.

TAYLOR'S VOICE (o.s.) And beyond that?

E-321 THREE SHOT - TAYLOR, LUCIUS AND CORNELIUS

CORNELIUS Don't know. At high tide you can't ride along the shore, and we had no boats on the last expedition.

TAYLOR You've never told me why this region's called the Forbidden Zone.

CORNELIUS No one really knows. It's an ancient taboo. Set forth in the Sacred Scrolls. The Lawgiver pronounced the area deadly.

LUCIUS Shouldn't we be moving on?

TAYLOR I'm for that.

They start toward the horses and wagon.

F-321 GROUP SHOT - NEAR WAGON

Zira is looking curiously at Nova, who stands in the shade leaning against the wagon as the males enter the scene. Nova's nausea has passed, and she comes smiling to Taylor.

TAYLOR What's the diagnosis, doctor? A touch of the sun?

ZIRA She's not sick at all. (a beat) She's pregnant.

G-321 CLOSEUP - TAYLOR

Consternation slowly gives way to wonder. He grins.

TAYLOR So I'm not an altogether different breed, you see?

DISSOLVE TO:

322- 325 THE DESCENT OF THE GORGE - SEVERAL SHOTS - DAY

To reach the camp site -- a beach at the base of the gorge -- the party must lead the horses along a narrow trail that zigzags down the face of the sandstone cliffs. They have abandoned the wagon.

DISSOLVE TO:

326 EXT. ARCHEOLOGICAL CAMP - ESTABLISHING SHOT - DAY

Sand bars and two narrow beaches are in evidence here. The camp itself consists of several lean-tos against the cliff wall. Above the camp, reached by ladders connected to scaffolding, is the mouth of a cave. Zira is cleaning up the breakfast things; Zaius and Lucius are sorting out equipment.

A-326 CLOSER ANGLE - TAYLOR AND ZIRA

A small bowl of water rests on the ground in front of Taylor He has nearly finished shaving himself with a sharp hunting knife. Nova watches, a look of fascinated approval on her face. Taylor rinses off his knife, starts to dry it. Nova reaches out, gently strokes his smooth -- if nicked -- chin.

TAYLOR (smiling) You like it?

Lucius and Cornelius come up, Zira with them.

LUCIUS (disapprovingly) Why did you do that? Scrape off your hair?

TAYLOR In my world -- before I left it - only youngsters of your age wore un- scraped hair.

CORNELIUS (to Taylor, quizzically) It makes you look somehow ... less intelligent.

Taylor grins wryly at Cornelius, picks up his rifle.

TAYLOR When are you going to show me what's in the cave?

CORNELIUS Right now, if you like.

They cross the beach to the ladders, when suddenly they hear the sound of horses. They look o.s.

B-326 WHAT THEY SEE:

Dr. Zaius and five armed and mounted apes have come around the corner of the beach and ride toward them through the rocks.

C-326 MEDIUM - THE GROUP

Taylor scrambles up onto the lower scaffold. Lucius runs to a lean-to, scoops up his rifle.

CORNELIUS Lucius -- don't fire at them.

The party rides up.

ZAIUS You're all under arrest! (to Lucius) You seditious scoundrel. Drop that rifle.

327- OUT 348

349 FLASH SHOT - LUCIUS

He wavers, lowering his piece.

350 WIDER ANGLE - TO INCLUDE BOTH GROUPS

Zaius' gorillas ride forward a few paces, but halt again as Taylor shouts:

TAYLOR Stop right there.

ZAIUS Don't be a fool. You're outnumbered and outgunned.

Taylor aims at Zaius and calls out:

TAYLOR If there's any shooting, Dr. Zaius, you'll be the first to die. Depend on it.

CORNELIUS (protesting) Taylor, you're not in command here. Put down that gun.

TAYLOR Shut up.

Silence. Zaius knows Taylor isn't bluffing.

ZAIUS Very well. (to his followers) Lower your weapons.

They obey. Taylor calls again:

TAYLOR (pointing) Tell them to move around the point. Out of range.

Zaius turns and whispers to his apes. They rein about and ride away through the rocks. Zaius dismounts and approaches the fugitives alone. He is unarmed.

351 CLOSER ANGLE - THE GROUP

As Zaius draws nearer) Lucius lowers his rifle. But Taylor keeps his at the ready.

CORNELIUS (uncertainly) How did you know we'd come here?

ZAIUS It wasn't difficult. Only an apostate or a lunatic would flee to the Forbidden Zone. (a glance at Taylor) I see you brought along the female of your species. (Taylor nods) I didn't realize a man could be monogamous.

TAYLOR On this planet -- it's easy.

Zaius laughs derisively, then turns to the apes.

ZAIUS (evenly) I ask you to reconsider the rash course you've taken. If you're convicted of heresy, the most you'll get is two years. But if you persist in pointing guns in my direction, you'll hang for high treason.

CORNELIUS (respectfully) We've never meant to be treasonable, sir. (pointing off) But up there, in the face of that Cliff, is a vast cave -- and in that cave a fabulous treasure of fossils and artifacts.

ZAIUS I've seen some of your fossils and artifacts. They're worthless.

TAYLOR (derisively) And that's your Minister of Science. Honor- bound to expand the frontiers of knowledge.

ZIRA (worried) Taylor, please --

TAYLOR Except that he's also the Chief Defender of the Faith.

ZAIUS (loftily) There is no contradiction between faith and science. True science.

TAYLOR (suddenly angered) All right, let's see if you're willing to put that statement to a test.

CORNELIUS Taylor, I'd rather you -

TAYLOR No. You saved me from this fanatic. Maybe I can pay you back.

ZAIUS (calmly) What is your proposal?

TAYLOR When were the Sacred Scrolls written?

ZAIUS Twelve hundred years ago.

TAYLOR Very well. If Zira and Cornelius can prove that those scrolls don't tell the whole truth of your history; if they can show you definite evidence of another culture from an unrecorded past -- will you exonerate them?

ZAIUS Of course.

TAYLOR Okay.Up to the cave.

He gestures toward the path leading to it. Zaius, Zira, and Cornelius start upward. Lucius starts to follow them.

TAYLOR Sorry, Lucius. You'll have to stay here and guard the horses.

LUCIUS Always giving orders. Just like every other adult.

TAYLOR Relax. You'll see it all later.

He pats the barrel of Lucius' gun, in the manner of a stern but benevolent non-com, then starts up the trail with Nova at his heels. Lucius, unused to taking commands from an animal, scowls after him, then shrugs, adjusting to the Idea.

352- 355 OUT

356 EXT. WESTERN WALL OF GORGE - LONG SHOT - ANGLING UP AFTERNOON

The sun hovers over the lofty rim of the lake like a great red balloon. The wall of the gorge, in shadow, is a darker hue.

357 EXT. EASTERN WALL OF GORGE - LONG SHOT - ANGLING UP

The crenelated east wall, looking like a red cathedral, is aglow with sunlight. So is the mouth of the cave as the three apes, Taylor and Nova pass through it and o.s.

358 INT. CAVERN - BOOM SHOT - DAY

Nature has formed a vaulted room here. It need not be enormous, but should be as weird and fantastic as production capabilities permit. There is an ape-made excavation in the floor of the cave, some ten feet square and eight feet deep. Some small objects lie on the rim of the excavation. Zaius, Cornelius, Zira, Taylor and Nova enter from the outside.

(AUTHOR'S NOTE: The effect should be an eyeful. I wish to create an illusion of sunlight penetrating this cave, flooding it with direct, refracted illumination, transforming it into a kaleidoscopic cavern.)

ZAIUS Present your evidence, Cornelius.

Cornelius clambers down into the pit, followed by Zira. Taylor bends down, examines some of the artifacts lined along the edge of the excavation. Nova sits beside him.

CORNELIUS (pointing) It was at this level I discovered traces of an early ape creature -- stage of primitive barbarism, really -- dating back roughly thirteen hundred years. It was here I found cutting tools and arrowheads of quartz and the fossilized bones of carnivorous gorillas.

CAMERA (ON BOOM) MOVES IN SLOWLY as Cornelius continues:

CORNELIUS But the artifacts lying at your feet were found here, at this level. And that's the paradox. The more ancient culture is the more advanced. Admittedly, many of these objects are unidentified, but clearly they were fashioned by beings with a knowledge of metallurgy.

CAMERA KEEPS MOVING IN on the group in and around the excavation as Cornelius continues:

CORNELIUS Indeed, the very fact that these tools are unknown to us could suggest a culture in certain ways almost equal to our own. Some of the evidence is uncontestable ...

ZAIUS (interrupting) Don't speak to me in absolutes. The evidence is contestable.

CORNELIUS I apologize.

ZAIUS To begin with, your methods of dating the past are crude, to say the least. There are geologists on my staff who would laugh at your speculations.

TAYLOR Perhaps that's why they're on your staff.

Zaius flicks a hostile glance at Taylor, then looks down at the artifacts. He nudges them with his foot.

ZAIUS Secondly, if these 'tools' as you call them, are unidentified, why are they introduced as 'evidence' of anything?

ZIRA (promptly) But there's the doll, sir.

ZAIUS What?

CORNELIUS (pointing) Right there. The human doll.

Zaius deigns to stoop and pick it up.

359 CLOSE ON DOLL - IN ZAIUS' HAND

It is only a porcelain fragment, but the head is intact, and it is unmistakably the form of a human child.

ZAIUS What does this prove? My grand- daughter plays with human dolls.

360 FULL SHOT - THE EXCAVATION - INCLUDING TAYLOR

Exasperated, Zira turns to the man for confirmation.

ZIRA Taylor! Tell him.

TAYLOR He has a point. On my planet children often play with ape dolls.

Zaius idly tosses the doll to the ground near Nova. She picks it up, studies it.

361 GROUP SHOT - THE THREE APES

Cornelius tries again.

CORNELIUS A doll alone proves nothing. True. But the doll was found beside the jawbone of a man -- and no trace of simian fossils has turned up in this deposit.

ZAIUS Your conclusion is premature. Have you forgotten your Scripture? The Thirteenth Scroll? (quoting from memory) 'And Proteus brought the upright beast into the garden, and chained him to a tree, and the children made sport of him.'

CORNELIUS (impatiently) No sir, I haven't forgotten.

ZAIUS Well? For a time the ancients kept humans as household pets. Until the Lawgiver proved that man could not be tamed. Keep digging Cornelius. You'll find evidence of the master of this house: an ape.

A-361 ANOTHER ANGLE - TO INCLUDE TAYLOR AND NOVA

As Zira again appeals to the man.

ZIRA Are you going to let that pass without an answer?

Taylor, who has been toying with objects in the dirt, looks up.

TAYLOR Yes. I have to agree. From all you've found so far, his position's as good as yours.

CORNELIUS (annoyed) What are you doing there?

TAYLOR Reconstructing a life. Care to have a look?

Cornelius and Zira cross the pit and Zaius walks around the rim of the excavation.

B-361 MED. CLOSE SHOT - FAVORING TAYLOR AND NOVA

As the apes come close. A number of artifacts have been arranged in front of Taylor.

TAYLOR (to Cornelius) These were found near the human doll, right? (Cornelius nods) Well, whoever owned them was in pretty bad shape.

He picks up the twisted fragment of a pair of spectacles.

TAYLOR Defective eyesight..

As Taylor continues his monologue, he picks up the other objects one by one.

TAYLOR He wore false teeth. (pause) He suffered from a hernia and used this truss to hold up his insides ... (pause) And toward the end, these little rings of stainless steel enclosed a prefab- ricated valve in his failing heart.

Taylor pauses. Zaius picks up two of the steel rings, studies them.

TAYLOR I don't say he was a man like an Earthman, but I'd call him a close relative, for he was plagued by most of man's ills. (to Zaius pointedly) Yet, fragile as he was, he came before you -- and was superior to you.

ZAIUS (a calm smile) That's lunacy. I can give an alternate description for everyone of those objects that's equally as inventive as yours. But it would be conjecture, not proof.

362 WIDER ANGLE - TO INCLUDE TAYLOR AND NOVA

She is poking her finger inside the decapitated head of the doll. From it comes a distorted SOUND.

DOLL'S HEAD Mamma! Mamma! Mamma!.

The apes stare at the doll in astonishment. Taylor snatches the doll from Nova, brandishes it at the astonished Zaius.

TAYLOR Dr. Zaius! Would an ape make a human doll that talks?

Zaius looks at him, speechless. At that moment the CRACK of a distant rifle shot reverberates through the cavern. All present freeze, listening.

ZIRA Lucius....

363- 364 OUT

365 FULL SHOT - THE CAVERN - REVERSE ANGLE

Taylor alone is armed. Raising his rifle, he glowers at Zaius.

TAYLOR You louse!

Cornelius is already crossing the pit. He climbs out arid races toward the mouth of the cave. Taylor runs after him. Zira and Nova hurry after Taylor.

366 MED. SHOT - ZAIUS

Expressionless, he looks down at the doll, then moves toward the mouth of the cave.

367 EXT. TRAIL FROM CAVE TO CAMP - ANGLING UP

Cornelius emerges from mouth of the cave and runs down the trail toward CAMERA. He halts in f.g., looking down at:

368 THE CAMP SITE - AS SEEN FROM THE TRAIL

Two of Zaius' gorillas have disarmed Lucius and are clubbing him with their rifle butts. Two other mounted apes are driving the scientists' horses back beyond the trees.

369 EXT. THE TRAIL - AS SEEN FROM THE BEACH

Cornelius, Taylor, Nova and Zira (in that order) can be seen high above, descending the trail. CAMERA PULLS BACK TO DISCLOSE A GORILLA SNIPER in immediate f.g., crouching behind a boulder near the water. He sights his rifle at the man on the trail. Taylor is still too distant to make a sure target, and so the sniper waits.

370 CLOSER ANGLE - TAYLOR ON THE TRAIL

This portion of the trail has no cover or concealment. Unaware of the sniper, Taylor looks down at the camp as he makes his descent.

371 LONG SHOT - TAYLOR - AS SEEN IN THE SNIPER'S SIGHTS

The gorilla fires.

372 CLOSE SHOT - TAYLOR

The bullet ricochets off the rock wall a foot above his head. Taylor scans the terrain bewlow, looking for the sniper. Nova comes to his side, pointing at:

373 THE SNIPER - FROM THEIR P.O.V.

His head is visible behind the boulder as he reloads his piece .

374 FLASH SHOT

He aims and fires.

375 FLASH SHOT - THE SNIPER

Taylor has missed him, but the sniper ducks behind the boulder.

376 THE TRAIL - PANNING WITH TAYLOR AND NOVA

Taylor takes her hand and they race back up the trail to where Zira is standing. Outcroppings of rock offer some cover here. Taylor pushes Nova down behind a rock and signals for Zira to follow suit.

377 CLOSE GROUP SHOT - TAYLOR, NOVA AND ZIRA

The sniper's SECOND SHOT rings out. Instead of returning the fire, Taylor looks up the rail at:

378 ZAIUS - FRO14 TAYLOR'S P.O.V.

He is standing impassively on the trail a short distance below the mouth of the cave.

379 FLASH SHOT - TAYLOR

Bent low, he comes charging up the trail toward Zaius. The sniper's THIRD SHOT splatters rock fragments around him.

380 REVERSE ANGLE - THE TRAIL - ANGLING UP

Zaius starts to retreat to the cave, but stumbles and falls on some loose shale. No sooner has Zaius regained his feet than Taylor overtakes him. Seizing the ape around the neck with his left arm. Taylor drives the muzzle of his pistol into Zaius' kidney. He spins Zaius around, using him as a shield.

381 CLOSE TWO SHOT - ZAIUS AND TAYLOR

Taylor releases the pressure on Zaius' throat but keeps the gun pointed at his back.

TAYLOR Tell him to pull back!

ZAIUS (a hoarse cry) Cease fire! Withdraw!

His command echoes from the west wall of the canyon.

382 LONG SHOT - THE FLOOR OF THE GORGE - FROM THEIR P.O.V.

The sniper emerges from behind a boulder near the shore, and walks off along the beach.

383 BACK TO TAYLOR AND ZAIUS

Taylor lift's the muzzle of his rifle and presses it against the back of Zaius' head.

TAYLOR I ought to kill you right now. (nudging him) Let's go.

They move off down the trail.

384 EXT. ARCHEOLOGICAL CAMP - MED. SHOT - DAY

Zira rushes down the trail to Lucius, who is sprawled on the ground. He has a bloody nose and a lump on his forehead. Nova and Cornelius come next, then Taylor, prodding Zaius ahead of him at gun point. Lucius appears to be more humiliated than hurt.

LUCIUS They took me by surprise. Sneaked up on me while I was watering the horses. What's happened to honor? (pause, glum) I got off one round to warn you.

CORNELIUS (gloomingly) They've taken everything.

TAYLOR Not everything. They left a hostage. (a pause) How do you feel, Lucius?

LUCIUS Disillusioned... (turning on) But vindicated! I've been right all along. You can't trust the older generation. It's a matter of values --

TAYLOR (gently) All right, all right. Will You do me a favor? No orders.

LUCIUS (pause) What is it?

TAYLOR I want you to go around the bend and tell those gorillas their leader is my prisoner.

LUCIUS (thoughtfull pause) Yes, I can do that.

TAYL0R Good. Say I want a week's supply of food for the woman and myself. A horse. A spade. And fifty rounds of ammunition.

LUCIUS What if they won't agree to your terms?

TAYLOR Then tell them Dr. Zaius won't leave here alive.

ZIRA (shocked) Taylor, you can't.

ZAIUS (Calmly) Oh yes he can. He's a born killer. (to Lucius) Deliver the message.

Lucius looks to Taylor for confirmation. Taylor nods. The young ape hurries away through the rocks. Taylor crosses to a useless saddle, picks up a coil of rope, gestures at Zaius, indicating a nearby tree.

TAYLOR Sit down. Over there.

Zaius squats on the ground beside the tree. Taylor sets his rifle against the trunk, fashions a noose and places it around Zaius' neck. Then, using an ingenious combination of knots, he ties Zaius' hands behind his back, and finally fastens the rope around the base of the tree.

TAYLOR (as he works) Now, Minister of Science - let me explain certain principle stress and strain. If you exert pressure to remove these bonds, you'll choke yourself to death. It'll be suicide, you see?

Zira and Cornelius look down at the captive mandarin. Their rebellious spirit has evaporated, and they are clearly afraid.

ZIRA Taylor, please -- don't treat him that way.

TAYLOR Why not?

ZIRA It's humiliating.

TAYLOR Wasn't I humiliated? By all of you? Didn't you lead me around on a leash?

CORNELIUS That was different. We thought you were .... inferior.

TAYLOR (wintry smile) And now you know the truth. (to Zaius) Cornelius has beaten you, Doctor. He proved it. Man preceded you here. You owe him your science, your language, whatever knowledge you have.

ZAIUS (quietly) Then answer this: If ran was superior, why didn't he survive?

TAYLOR (shrugging) He might have been wiped out by a plague. Natural catastrophe. Like a fiery storm of meteors. From the looks of this part of your planet, I'd say that was a fair bet.

ZIRA, (weakly) But we can't be sure.

TAYLOR (indicating Zaius) He is. He knew all the time. Long before your discovery, he knew. (to Zaius) Defender of the Faith. Guardian of the terrible secret. Isn't that right, doctor?

385- 388 OUT

389 REVERSE ANGLE - CIRCLE - FAVORING ZAIUS

As Zira and Cornelius look at him expectantly.

ZAIUS What I know of man was written long ago -- set down by the wisest ape of all -- our Lawgiver. (to Cornelius) Open my breast pocket.

Cornelius crosses to Zaius, and takes a small book bound in black leather from the breast pocket of his tunic.

ZAIUS Read it to him: the twentythird Scroll, ninth Verse.

Cornelius thumbs through the book, finds the citation and reads aloud:

CORNELIUS 'Beware the beast man, for he is the devil's pawn. Alone among God's primates, he kills for sport, or lust or greed. Yes, he will murder his brother to possess his brother's land. Let him not breed in great numbers, for he will make a desert of his home and yours. Shun him. Drive him back into his jungle lair: For he is the harbinger of death'.

Cornelius falls silent and looks down at Zaius.

ZAIUS (quietly) I found nothing in the cave to alter that conception of man. And I still live by its injunction.

A-389 ANOTHER ANGLE - THE GROUP

Lucius hurries out of the rocks leading a saddled horse. Zaius' five mounted gorillas appear behind him. Taylor calls out to them:

TAYLOR Stay where you are!

Lucius comes up with the horse. Taylor checks the provisions in the saddlebags. Lucius is frowning.

LUCIUS They think you're behaving foolishly. I must say I agree. Where will you go?

TAYLOR (nodding o.s.) I'll start by following the shoreline. (a smile) And my nose.

ZIRA But suppose you find nothing but a wasteland. How will you survive?

ZAIUS (firmly) He won't survive. (all look at him) Do you know what sort of life awaits you out there, Taylor? That of an animal. If you aren't eventually hunted down and killed by apes, some jungle beast will devour you.

TAYLOR Then there is another jungle?

ZAIUS (shrugs; then, sardonically) Of course, you could return with us. Our society might find a place for you and your mate.

TAYLOR Sure. In a cage.

ZAIUS Where else, but in a cage, does man belong?

TAYLOR No, thanks. I'll take freedom.

Taylor mounts the horse, extends a helping hand to Nova, who vault's nimbly onto the horse's rump. Taylor looks at Zira and Cornelius.

TAYLOR Would you like to come along?

ZIRA We can't.

TAYLOR It's better than going to prison for heresy.

CORNELIUS They can't convict us of that. You proved our innocence. Besides... (indicating Zaius) ... his culture is our culture.

TAYLOR Good luck then.

He reaches down, grasps Cornelius' hand, then grins crookedly.

TAYLOR Dr. Zira, I'd like to kiss you good-bye.

ZIRA All right, but.... (tears in her eyes) ...you're so damned ugly!

Taylor smiles, leans down, kisses her.

ZIRA (softly) Go with God, Taylor. (half smile) That's an old expression. it comes from both ape and man.

TAYLOR God bless you.

He extends his hand to Lucius, who takes it.

TAYLOR Lucius.

LUCIUS I think you're making a mistake.

TAYLOR That's the boy. Keep 'em flying.

LUCIUS What?

TAYLOR The flags of discontent. It's the only way anything ever gets changed. (to Zaius) Don't try to follow us. (pats stock of his rifle) I'm pretty handy with things like this.

ZAIUS Of that I'm sure. All my life I've awaited your coming and dreaded it. Like death itself.

Taylor looks piercingly at Zaius, more troubled than offended.

TAYLOR Why? From the first, I've terrified you, Doctor. And in spite of every sign that I'm an intelligent being who means no harm, you continue to hate and fear me. Why?

ZAIUS (calmly, without rancor) Because you are a man. And you were right -- I have always known about man. From the evidence, I believe his wisdom must walk hand in hand with his idiocy. His emotions must rule his brain. He must be a warlike animal who gives battle to everything around him -- even himself.

TAYLOR What evidence? No weapons were found in the cave.

ZAIUS The Forbidden Zone was once a paradise. Your breed made a desert of it, ages ago.

TAYLOR (he waits, then wearily) We're back at the beginning. I still don't know the why. A planet where apes evolved from men. A world turned wrong side up. A puzzle with one piece missing.

ZAIUS (softly) Don't look for it, Taylor. You may not like what you find.

B-389 WIDER ANGLE - TAYLOR AND THE GROUP

Taylor shakes his head, still baffled, digs his heels into the horse's flank. It canters off along the sandy shore. Zira, Cornelius and Lucius sadly watch the departure.

ZAIUS Untie me!

Cornelius moves quickly to remove the rope from Zaius' neck. Behind them, the five mounted gorillas gallop forward. Zaius gets up, waves them to a halt.

ZAIUS No, no! Let him go!

C-389 MOVING SHOT - TAYLOR AND NOVA ON HORSEBACK

Taylor looks back, sees that Zaius has stopped the mounted apes, slows his horse to a trot, smiles at Nova.

390- OUT 405

406 MED. SHOT - THE APES

Zaius watches as Taylor's horse moves farther away along the beach. Then he turns to an ape called MARCUS.

ZAIUS (quietly) Fetch your explosives. We're going to seal the cave.

MARCUS Yes, sir.

He remounts his horse and rides o.s.

CORNELIUS (aghast) Seal the cave?

ZAIUS That's correct. And you will both stand trial for heresy.

ZIRA But the proof? The doll?

ZAIUS In a few minutes there will be no doll. There can't be. (honest regret) I'm sorry.

Cornelius throws himself at Zaius.

CORNELIUS You mustn't! You gave your 'word!

Zaius looks emptily at one of his apes.

ZAIUS What I do, I do with no pleasure. Silence him.

A hairy hand is clapped over Cornelius' mouth. He is dragged off, struggling, kicking. Julius, unafraid, glares at Zaius.

LUCIUS Dr. Zaius, this is inexcusable! Why must knowledge stand still? What about the future?

Zaius looks benevolently at Julius.

ZAIUS I may just have saved it for you.

Julius and Zira look at each other, befuddled. Once more their eyes follow the retreating figures of Taylor and Nova. The beach separating the water from the canyon becomes narrower as they move downstream.

LUCIUS What will he find out there, doctor?

A-406 CLOSEUP - ZAIUS

His face is A mask, his tone enigmatic.

ZAIUS His destiny.

B-406 WIDER ANGLE - TIE APES P.O.V.

A moment later, as they watch, Taylor and Nova vanish around the bend.

407- OUT 408 409 EXT. PALISADE AND BEACH - LONG HIGH ANGLE SHOT - DAY

Taylor and Nova are already far downstream. There is a striking change in the terrain. The area is still desolate,but some vegetation can be seen on the palisade above the narrow beach, and the river has widened to form a vast tidal basin where it meets the sea.

A NOTE ON PRODUCTION: If feasible at new location site, this scene should be shot at high tide, so that the water laps at the base of the cliffs, making a passage difficult and risky.

410 CLOSER ANGLE - PANNING WITH TAYLOR AND NOVA ON HORSEBACK

He is alert, sniffing the salt air, sizing up the situation. Hearing the CRIES of birds, he reins in and looks' up.

411 SKY SHOT - CIRCLING BIRDS

Sea gulls are soaring overhead.

412 TWO SHOT - TAYLOR AND NOVA ON HORSEBACK

His expression is expectant, searching. Nova emits a whimper of anticipation, pointing off.

413 LONG SHOT - WHAT THEY SEE:

A verdant forest atop a distant palisade. Their view of the beach below the forest, is cut off by a rocky promontory in the middle distance.

414 CLOSE SHOT - NOVA AND TAYLOR

He smiles at her hopefully.

TAYLOR Yes, Nova -- I see it. (looks again at forest) In my old profession green meant safe. Green meant go.

The horse moves off at a trot, CAMERA PANNING. But they have gone only a short distance when they hear the distant THUNDER of an EXPLOSION. Taylor reins in and looks back.

415 VERY LONG SHOT - A CLOUD OF SMOKE

A column of smoke and dust rises from the exploded cave far upstream.

416 BACK TO TAYLOR AND NOVA

Frowning with concern, Taylor gazes for a moment at the smoke, then decides this is no time to linger. He digs his heels into the horse's flanks and they move off at a canter, riding toward the promontory that splits the beach. They are nearing the promontory that blocks their view of the beach beyond.

417- OUT 418

419 CLOSER ANGLE - TRACKING WITH TAYLOR AND NOVA.

As they round the promontory, the tip of a strange rock formation comes into view. it appears to be jutting from the sea.

420 REACTION SHOT - TAYLOR

He reins in momentarily, baffled by what he sees. Then he rides on.

421 THE STRANGE FORMATION - AS SEEN BY TAYLOR

An immense column juts from the beach at a thirty-degree angle. We can now see that it is not rock, but metal. Green metallic tints show through its gray salt-stained surface. As we draw closer, the object takes on the appearance of a massive arm, its top shaped like a hand holding a torch.

422 REVERSE ANGLE - FAVORING TAYLOR

Frowning with consternation. His horse proceeds at a slow walk.

423 TRACKING WITH TAYLOR - WHAT HE SEES:

Near the base of the column, where the shore and water meet, are a row of metal spikes. From this angle they look like tank traps.

A-423 CLOSER - TAYLOR

Dumbfounded, he slides from his saddle, approaches the spikes. Nova dismounts and follows him.

TAYLOR (a cry of agony) My God!

He falls to his knees, buries his head in his hands. CAMERA SLOWLY DRAWS BACK AND UP to a HIGH ANGLE SHOT disclosing what Taylor has found. Half-buried in the sand and washed by the waves is the Statue of Liberty.

424- OUT 451

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