Charlton Heston dead at 84

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  1. Kegek

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    My favourite Heston film is Touch of Evil. He's exceptional as the heroic cop on the edge in a seedy border town. Those are all good too, though. :)
     
  2. Neroon

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    That one gets mentioned more and more along side his more famous works such as Gomez mentioned. And that's a good thing for Heston's memory.
     
  3. Michael

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    I love Touch of Evil! But I find Welles more interesting to watch in it. Also, the music of that movie is just great!

    Anyway, RIP Mr. Heston.
     
  4. Kegek

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    All true. It's an exceptional movie all round and Charlton Heston is just one of the many reasons it works. But when he goes over the edge and starts roughing people up, declaiming "Listen, I'm no cop now. I'm a husband!", it's great. Few actors could play straight-arrow roles and make them just as compelling as the usually more interesting villains... but Heston was perfect at it. Stephen Boyd is said to have accepted his role in Ben-Hur because the villains tend to be more interesting; but truthfully he was outshone by Heston in that film.
     
  5. Orintho

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    RIP Mr. Heston - thanks for the great movies.
     
  6. Trent Roman

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    If you're going to copy+paste from Wikipedia, then you might as well paste the whole section on his politics, including the betrayal of the civil rights movement, hanging out with segregationists. :rolleyes:

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  7. VulcanJedi

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    Things are just as segregated today, even among the enlightened classes, as they were 50 years ago.

    The truth is, forcing people together is sort of like ....fascism. Doesn't that require tyranny?


    When you say "segregation" I think you really mean forced integration. Like bussing. Bussing and civil rights are, debatably, different.. aren't they?

    Can reasonable people disagree on this issue?
     
  8. Kelso

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    He was one of the greats. He will be missed.
     
  9. Trent Roman

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    ...:wtf:

    Wow. This is funny. I must have completely misinterpreted your post, because when I read it, I actually thought you were trying to advocate for racism and segregation. Which, of course, would be entirely insane, against board rules on trolling, and would require me to kick your ass besides. So, pray tell, what were you actually trying to communicate? Was it meant to be read satirically, or as a kind of post-modern irony (I'm never good with that)?

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  10. S. Gomez

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    I have a semi-out; I haven't seen Touch of Evil as yet...which probably doesn't get me off the hook in any case. :) I was going to mention his cameo as the Player King in Hamlet as well, but I forgot and someone beat me to it.
     
  11. Kirkman1987

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    I was just watching the Omega Man on friday, and actually said "he could die about any day now."

    Heston has suffered from Alzheimer's disease for about a decade and was up there in years, can't say I feel too bad.

    I'm a bit saddened, Heston was a favorite actor of mine. As with most, I liked Ten Commandments, Ben-Hur, and the sci-fi films.

    anyway, Heston was a Class act, and will be missed
     
  12. A beaker full of death

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    His was the only performance worth watching in Branagh's Hamlet.
     
  13. Chris3123

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    Damn! That was sure a surprise.

    RIP Mr. Heston. :(
     
  14. Dar70

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    Heston was one of my favorite actors. Right up there with John Wayne and James Stewart. Many of his films are in my top 10 favorites of all time with Ben Hur probably at No.1. RIP :(
     
  15. VulcanJedi

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    I think Charlton Heston's political views are summed up in Planet of the Apes; it's a sort of dichotomy. The value of man and the evil of man. Therefore you have seemingly opposing ideas like gun rights and civil rights. On the one hand he marched with MLK, but he sincerely disagreed with the methodology of state imposed integration. "They did it, they finally did it!" He yells on the beach, as we see a half buried Lady Liberty. A dystopian view of the world; acknowledging the high ideals of man coupled with his flawed nature.
     
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  16. EnsignRicky

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    Get your stinkin' paws off me you damned dirty pall bearers!! Sorry, somebody had to say it. Seriously though I am saddened, I really liked the guy. He was awesome in Planet Of The Apes, and nobody did biblical epics better; That should score him a few points upstairs. There goes a true legend. :techman:
     
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    :( Charlton Heston has always been among my top 5 actors. I was deeply saddened by this news.
    The curious thing is, sunday morning I decided to watch all my Heston DVD's in a row, and sunday evening I heard he passed away. This may of course be just a coincidence, but I found it rather curious...
    This guy had such a screen presence, he could save a bad movie by just being in it.
    My favorites :
    Ben-Hur
    The Ten Commandments
    The Omega Man
    Soylent Green
    Planet of the Apes
    The Battle of Midway
    El Cid
     
  19. Neroon

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    I don't know if this has been mentioned, but he and his wife had been married for 64 years. In my book, that is something at least as noteworthy as every film made or political stance he ever took. Rare it is, to be married that long anymore, especially for Hollywood.
     
  20. PKTrekGirl

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    RIP, Mr Heston.

    He was a great actor who left behind some wonderful films for us to enjoy for decades to come.