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WHICH IS THE TOUGHEST HESTON CHARACTER?
Brad in THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH (1952) 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Ed Bannon in ARROWHEAD (1953) 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Leiningen in THE NAKED JUNGLE (1954) 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Harry Steele in SECRET OF THE INCAS (1955) 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Moses in THE TEN COMMANDMENTS (1956) 20%  20%  [ 1 ]
Judah Ben-Hur in BEN-HUR (1959) 20%  20%  [ 1 ]
Rodrigo in EL CID (1961) 40%  40%  [ 2 ]
Taylor in PLANET OF THE APES (1968) & Sequel (1970) 20%  20%  [ 1 ]
Neville in THE OMEGA MAN (1971) 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Spencer Trilby in TRUE LIES (1994) 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Total votes : 5
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 Post subject: Re: Heston's Toughest Character
PostPosted: Tue Apr 21, 2015 11:02 pm 
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itsjudah24 wrote:
By the way, I think General Gordon in KHARTOUM could be a candidate as well. He is a good leader and fighter, and his moral strength is evident when he goes to meet Mahdi with just one attendant, and unarmed himself. I remember the scene when he removes his cloak and shows who he is, the guards at Mahdi's camp are awe-struck : Gordon Pasha! Such is the power and dignity of the man who has come only to talk.

For Gordon to be included, he would have had to sidestep the thrown spear at the end and kill several of the attacking force before being brought down. Or, escape death all-together. Unfortunately, KHARTOUM follows the actual historical events of Gordon's death, so that did not happen. I think Gordon displays uncommon bravery - even crazed bravery - but that's not quite the same as being tough. This brings to mind yet another poll - who among Heston's characters are the most brave? But, that's some other poll.

In any case, I think the reactions of other characters to Gordon in KHARTOUM as you mention are based more on Gordon's confidence, arrogance and superior attitude - uncommon bravery - rather than a fear that Gordon could kill anyone who tried to attack him. They may have been in awe of him, sensing that he was touched with greatness or destiny, but in the end they had no qualms about easily and swiftly killing him, and even desecrating his body.

Or, think of it this way - in KHARTOUM, Gordon's body (or part of it) is used as a ghastly form of celebration, also deriding Gordon at the same time, and the Mahdi weeps over the misuse of his respected foe's body. In EL CID, Rodrigo's body is used to defeat his foe and an entire army. That's quite a difference.


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 Post subject: Re: Heston's Toughest Character
PostPosted: Sat Apr 25, 2015 3:15 pm 
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Well, have it so, then. What about Will Penny? He fights three men and gives them much trouble, survives fatal daggar-strikes which could have killed an ordinary person, walks through the snowy hills upto the cottage door with that wound near his heart, gets well soon and resumes manual labour and ultimately manages to defeat his enemies.

Another poll for the 'bravest Heston character' will be interesting. Let's go for it.

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