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55 DAYS AT PEKING (1963) features Heston as a U.S. Marine major fighting to protect Ava Gardner, David Niven and other foreign dignitaries trapped in Peking's International Compound during the 1900 Boxer Rebellion in China.

Music Clips:

Click here"Main Title" (clip) by Dmitri Tiomkin (a .MP3 file).
Click here"Overture" (clip) by Dmitri Tiomkin (a .MP3 file).

Carol Reed's THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY (1965), adapted from Irving Stone's novel about 16th century sculptor, painter and architect Michelangelo Buonarroti (played by Heston), portrays the troubles Michelangelo encountered painting the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel for Pope Julius II (played by Rex Harrison).

Music Clip:

Click here"Main Title" (clip) by Alex North (a .MP3 file).

(For help opening any of the multimedia files, visit the plug-ins page.)

Heston as John the Baptist in George Stevens' THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD (1965), a star-studded epic retelling of the life of Christ.

Music Clip:

Click here"Theme" (clip) by Alfred Newman (a .MP3 file).

Amazingly prescient and relevant today in its portrayal of violent conflict between adherents of the Islamic and Christian faiths, KHARTOUM (1966) is based on the true story of a historic British defeat at the hands of 19th century Sudanese Muslims.  Heston plays Gen. Charles George Gordon, the headstrong British general who was appointed military governor of Khartoum but disobeyed orders to evacuate to Egypt, leading to an epic battle against a Muslim army led by Mohammed Ahmed el Mahdi (played by Laurence Olivier).

One of Heston's most popular movies of the 1960s was PLANET OF THE APES (1968), a science fiction drama about two astronauts who crash land their spaceship on a planet ruled by apes.  Co-starring Kim Hunter and Roddy McDowall, APES spawned five sequels in the 1970s, but Heston only appeared in the first, BENEATH THE PLANET OF THE APES (1970).

Multimedia Clips from PLANET OF THE APES (1968):

(For help opening any of the multimedia files, visit the plug-ins page.)

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