God, I hated that movie. Everything from the porn groove soundtrack to the completely tasteless Jesus-tableau ending was completely awful. Oh, and at the end, the hippies win. Fuck that.
I totally forgot about that movie. But, Soylent Green is still my favorite.
I COULDN'T AGREE MORE.
One of the best American movies ever.
My neighbor became my best friend when his mom took six of us to see the Omega Man for his 9th birthday party. Still one of my all-time favorites. To think of the sad shit that little kids have to suffer through now that are not 1/100th as cool as this. It's enough to make a grown man cry. (But the Andromeda Strain was the one that really scared the crap out of me when it came out that same year.)
Other than Will Penny, in which he was excellent, the best thing he ever did was a TV movie - the Fraser Heston-produced version of Treasure Island with Christian Bale as Jim Hawkins. It's by far the best adaptation of the Robert Louis Stevenson book; Fraser Heston was one of the only filmmakers to realize that there is no need to "improve" on Stevenson's story or cutesy it up by using a too-young kid for Jim Hawkins. It is completely unavailable on DVD, which is a crime. They put all manner of useless shit on DVD every day, but that version of Treasure Island, no.
He WAS an old ham, but at least he was an entertaining old ham.
And he was very, very good as the nasty Cardinal Richelieu in the Three/Four Musketeers movies. He should have played more villains.
And up through the early 70's, the man had a bitchin' bod.
It seems dated now, but it was a deeply weird film that still influences post-apocalypse films today. In particular, "28 Days Later" learned a few chops from this one.
Plus Rosalind Cash is crazy hot in this movie!!! Isn't she even briefly topless?
Horrific miscasting aside, the best movie that Heston was in would have to be "Touch of Evil".
...better than Planet of the Apes, better than Ben Hur, better than the Ten Commandments, better than Soylent Green, better than Greatest Show On Earth, better than El Cid, better than The Omega Man, better than Airport 1975 and even better than Earthquake.
Soylent Green, made from Soy eating humans, A great movie.
I will always remember him as the sagging, decrepit, thoughtlessly violent, nearly senile old man called "Charlton Heston" in Bowling for Columbine.
I watched the Kenneth Branagh movie of Hamlet last month. Heston appeared as the Player King. He was good -- an inspired bit of casting. R.I.P.
I agree about Treasure Island.
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