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BEN-HUR, A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS: Charlton Heston Movies

Charlton Heston movies Ben-HurCharlton Heston movies: ’A Man for All Seasons’ remake, ’The Greatest Story Ever Told’ (photo: Charlton Heston as Ben-Hur)

(See previous post: “Charlton Heston: Moses Minus Staff Plus Chariot Equals Ben-Hur.”) I’ve yet to watch Irving Rapper’s melo Bad for Each Other (1954), co-starring the sultry Lizabeth Scott — always a good enough reason to check out any movie, regardless of plot or leading man. A major curiosity is the 1988 made-for-TV version of A Man for All Seasons, with Charlton Heston in the Oscar-winning Paul Scofield role (Sir Thomas More) and on Fred Zinnemann’s director’s chair. Vanessa Redgrave, who plays Thomas More’s wife in the TV movie (Wendy Hiller in the original) had a cameo as Anne Boleyn in the 1966 film. According to the IMDb, Robert Bolt, who wrote the Oscar-winning 1966 movie (and the original play), is credited for the 1988 version’s screenplay as well.

Also of note, George Stevens’ mammoth, slow-moving The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965) features the recently deceased Michael Ansara as Herod’s commander. Max von Sydow is a believable Jesus, while Heston plays John the Baptist — or Moses minus the staff but with the addition of seven veils.

Charlton Heston TCM ’Summer Under the Stars’ schedule (PT) on August 5

3:00 AM RUBY GENTRY (1952). Director: King Vidor. Cast: Jennifer Jones, Charlton Heston, Karl Malden, Tom Tully, Barney Phillips aka Bernard Phillips, James Anderson, Josephine Hutchinson, Phyllis Avery, Herbert Heyes, Myra Marsh, Charles Cane, Sam Flint, Frank Wilcox, George Fields, Bill Walker. BW-83 mins.

4:30 AM BAD FOR EACH OTHER (1954). Director: Irving Rapper. Cast: Charlton Heston, Lizabeth Scott, Dianne Foster. BW-82 mins.

6:00 AM THE WRECK OF THE MARY DEARE (1959). Director: Michael Anderson. Cast: Gary Cooper, Charlton Heston, Michael Redgrave, Emlyn Williams, Cecil Parker, Alexander Knox, Virginia McKenna, Richard Harris, Ben Wright, Peter Illing, Terence de Marney, Ashley Cowan, Charles Davis, Jean Del Val, John Le Mesurier, Louis Mercier. C-105 mins. Letterbox Format.

7:45 AM DIAMOND HEAD (1962). Director: Guy Green. Cast: Charlton Heston, Yvette Mimieux, George Chakiris, France Nuyen, James Darren, Aline MacMahon, Elizabeth Allen, Vaughn Taylor, Marc Marno, Philip Ahn, Harold Fong, Edward Mallory, Billie Dove, Jack Matsumoto, Frank Morris, Lou Gonsalves, Clarence Kim. C-107 mins. Letterbox Format.

9:45 AM 55 DAYS AT PEKING (1963). Director: Nicholas Ray. Cast: Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner, David Niven. C-162 mins. Letterbox Format.

12:30 PM SOYLENT GREEN (1973). Director: Richard O. Fleischer. Cast: Charlton Heston, Leigh Taylor-Young, Edward G. Robinson. C-97 mins.

2:15 PM A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS (1988). Director: Charlton Heston. Cast: Charlton Heston, Vanessa Redgrave, John Gielgud, Richard Johnson, Roy Kinnear, Adrienne Thomas, Benjamin Whitrow, Martin Chamberlain, John Hudson, Jonathan Hackett, Nicholas Amer, Milton Cadman, Geoff Owen, Brian Badcoe. BW-149 mins.

4:45 PM CARSON ON TCM: CHARLTON HESTON (3/2/76). (2013). TCM presents a classic interview from The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson and Charlton Heston. C-10 mins.

5:00 PM MAJOR DUNDEE (1965). Director: Sam Peckinpah. Cast: Charlton Heston, Richard Harris, Jim Hutton, Senta Berger, James Coburn, Michael Anderson Jr., Mario Adorf, Brock Peters, Warren Oates, Ben Johnson, Slim Pickens, R.G. Armstrong, L.Q. Jones, Karl Swenson, Michael Pate, John Davis Chandler, Dub Taylor, Jody McCrea. C-136 mins. Letterbox Format.

7:30 PM BEN-HUR (1959). Director: William Wyler. Cast: Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Stephen Boyd, Haya Harareet, Hugh Griffith, Martha Scott, Cathy O’Donnell, Sam Jaffe, Finlay Currie, Frank Thring, Terence Longdon, George Relph, André Morell, Marina Berti, John Le Mesurier, and maybe May McAvoy. C-222 mins. Letterbox Format.

11:30 PM THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD (1965). Director: George Stevens. Cast: Max von Sydow, Dorothy McGuire, Charlton Heston, Michael Anderson Jr., Carroll Baker, Ina Balin, Victor Buono, Richard Conte, Joanna Dunham, José Ferrer, Van Heflin, Martin Landau, Angela Lansbury, Pat Boone, Janet Margolin, David McCallum, Roddy McDowall, Sal Mineo, Nehemiah Persoff, Donald Pleasence, Sidney Poitier, Claude Rains, Gary Raymond, Telly Savalas, Joseph Schildkraut, Paul Stewart, John Wayne, Shelley Winters, Ed Wynn, John Abbott, Rodolfo Acosta, Michael Ansara, Robert Blake, Burt Brinckerhoff, Robert Busch, John Considine, John Crawford, Jamie Farr, David Hedison, Russell Johnson, Mark Lenard, Robert Loggia, Marian Seldes, Frank Silvera, Harold J. Stone, Jay C. Flippen, and possibly Kay Hammond. C-199 mins. Letterbox Format.

Charlton Heston movie schedule via the TCM website. Charlton Heston in Ben-Hur publicity shot: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

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