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Leading Man

by Peter Tonguette

Charlton Heston: Hollywood’s Last Icon, by Marc Eliot (Dey Street, 576 pp., $29.99)

Nineteen seventy-eight was a tough year for tough guys in film.

Audiences responded to the puerile infantilism of John Belushi in National Lampoon’s Animal House, the pouty self-involvement of John Travolta in Grease, and the sensitive stoicism of Jon Voight in Coming Home, but where were the adventurers, roughnecks, and swashbucklers who made American movies so distinctive?

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