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Heston TCM Tribute, A Few Suggestions Beyond That and A Clip

By admin Published: April 7, 2008

Just in case you want to see "Planet of the Apes" again because of Charlton Heston, here's a time-saving clip of the big finish:

On Friday, TCM is devoting 15 hours to Charlton Heston movies (though not "Planet," or "Soylent Green," his other great catchphrase movie). After the jump, and after the boilerplate, I'll recommend some other Heston films you should look for.

Here's the TCM boilerplate:

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will honor the life and career of legendary actor Charlton Heston, who died Sunday at the age of 84. This Friday, April 11, the network will present a 15-hour marathon of memorable Heston performances, including his Oscar®-winning role in Ben-Hur (1959). Also featured will be two opportunities to watch an in-depth conversation between Heston and TCM host Robert Osborne in the TCM original special Private Screenings: Charlton Heston.

“Charlton Heston was a towering man both in person and on screen,” said Osborne. “He was also one of the nicest, most courteous gentlemen I ever met. He will forever stand tall among those rare few we know as genuine Movie Stars.”

The following is a complete schedule of TCM’s April 11 tribute to Charlton Heston:

2:30 p.m. Private Screenings: Charlton Heston

3:30 p.m. The Buccaneer (1958) – co-starring Yul Brynner and Claire Bloom.

5:30 p.m. The Hawaiians (1970) – co-starring Geraldine Chaplin and John Philip Law.

8 p.m. Private Screenings: Charlton Heston

9 p.m. Ben-Hur (1959) – co-starring Jack Hawkins and Stephen Boyd.

1 a.m. Khartoum (1966) – co-starring Lawrence Olivier and Richard Johnson.

3:30 a.m. Major Dundee (1965) – co-starring Richard Harris, Jim Hutton and James Coburn.

That's not a great selection of Heston. So go and find the DVDs of "The Three Musketeers" and "The Four Musketeers" (as directed by Richard Lester). Also, "Touch of Evil" with Heston and Orson Welles. Not on DVD but worth seeking out are "Dark City," great film noir with Heston, and "The Private War of Major Benson," a personal favorite. "Benson" is at least on VHS, "Dark City" you'll have to find a telecast or a bootleg.

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