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Charlton Heston: The End of His World as We Know It

Everyone can have their own personal opinion about Charlton Heston, the rugged movie legend who died Saturday.

But a trio of his movies–1968′s “Planet of the Apes,” 1971′s “Omega Man” and 1973′s “Soylent Green“–have been geekish (and cheesy) favorites of mine for as long as I can remember.

All three films, which have that cynical end-of-the-world tone so prevalent in movies of the time period, are all about the failings of man and the dangers of technology.

But mostly, they are cheesy in a really terrific cheesy way.

So, in memory, here’s the classic final sand-pounding scene by Heston in “Planet of the Apes,” a trailer from “Omega Man” and my favorite movie line of all time from “Soylent Green.”

Planet of the Apes:

Omega Man:

Soylent Green:


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