My Favorite Charlton Heston Movie
My favorite Heston flick is one that has been mostly unnoticed and unmentioned in the stuff flying around his death.
Will Penny (1968) is almost an "anti" western. It's about an aging cowboy who is reduced to riding the "grub line" for the winter. He takes a job riding fence up in the mountains. When he arrives at the line shack he finds that it has been occupied by a lone woman and her son who have been deserted by their guide. Unwilling to turn them out in the mountain winter and its certain death he agrees to allow them to stay until the spring thaw. Complications ensue.
From the movie:
Save your money! Get you a spread of your own like me.
It wasn't money started you in the cattle business, Anse.
Well, what do you think it was, Will?
More like a long rope and a hot iron.
This well written, well produced little western is a gem. It also gives one of the more clear eyed views of what life in that era was all about. I recommend its addition to your NetFlix queue.
Forget the man's politics. Forget the man, let's celebrate a long, and respectable career in the arts. Heston was always much more of an artisan than an artist. It's an attitude and career someone like me can relate with.
What's your favorite Heston movie?