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Clint Eastwood Westerns / Outlaw Josey Wales: Eastwood's movies in one
« on: October 10, 2021, 10:22:34 PM »
Probably Eastwood's entire career summed up in one movie. It's as if the character Leone made him play was Josey Wales: A peaceful man turned vengeance who goes on a killing spree for those that massacred his family, but redeems himself in the company of others. All that was missing between the two characters is that one had a name and the other did not. Now, take the films in his later career like the fourth Dirty Harry movie Sudden Impact. First, Outlaw was when Eastwood and then girlfriend Sondra Locke appeared onscreen together. Sudden Impact was the last time they appeared together. Both directed by Eastwood and both revenge films. Josey took revenge on those that killed his wife and son. Locke's character takes revenge on those that raped her and her sister. Both movies have flashbacks of the violence. Then he made Unforgiven. The opening when we first see William Munny get back into being a gunslinger is like an echo of Josey Wales. The opening of both movies has Eastwood using a variety of guns for target practicing. Could William Munny be an aged version of Josey Wales, even though Josey lost his wife and son and William only lost his wife? The action scenes and main storyline are exciting, but the story wanders sometimes.

Of the over 40 Eastwood movies as an actor I've watched, I only enjoyed 17. Ten of those he also directed and seven he just acted. I seem to enjoy his directing more than his acting, but ironically, he is still a good actor. Some of his movies drag because of story and pacing issues or sometimes he's a better actor than his costars. How many have you guys enjoyed?

General Discussion / Top ten acted/directed Clint Eastwood movies
« on: December 01, 2017, 05:15:09 PM »

These are movies he both acted and directed. Not one only. What are your choices?

  1. Million Dollar Baby
  2. A Perfect World
  3. Sudden Impact
  4. High Plains Drifter
  5. Absolute Power
  6. Outlaw Josey Wales
  7. Gran Torino
  8. Unforgiven
  9. White Hunter Black Heart
10. Space Cowboys

General Discussion / Favorite Eastwood movies by genre
« on: November 20, 2017, 11:56:26 AM »
Drama: Million Dollar Baby
Bio: Changeling
Action: Sudden Impact
Western: High Plains Drifter
Crime: Absolute Power
War: American Sniper

Clint Eastwood Westerns / The secrets of High Plains Drifter
« on: November 11, 2017, 10:48:08 PM »
He's the devil version of Jim Duncan. Here's proof:

-1. He has no name and towards the end when the midget sheriff/mayor says he doesn't know his name, the stranger replies, "Yes you do." He rides off and vanishes. Before vanishing, the camera pans to the gravestone that says "Here Lies Jim Duncan" which was just carved by Mordecai the midget before the stranger took off. One of the characters even said a few scenes earlier, "They say the dead don't rest without a marker of some kind".

.2. Why did he dream of a sheriff getting whipped to death if he wasn't there when the memory happened? Because it must be him getting whipped to death. In fact, the actor who played the sheriff in the flashbacks was Eastwood's stunt double Buddy Van Horn.

-3. He paints the town red. This also symbolizes blood because of blood on the hands of the townspeople for standing around and doing nothing about the murder of their sheriff and that hell is a fiery red image, or anger which is red as an expression. Plus the devil is red anyhow.

-4. The Belding's character says in a town meeting inside the church, "It couldn't be worse if the devil himself rode right into Lago." The next shot is of the stranger.

-5. Why would the unmarked gravestone remain unmarked for all this time until after the stranger leaves when no one expected him to arrive?

-6. Towards the end before Stacey Bridges is shot and killed, the stranger whispers, "Help Me!" Help Me!" How would he know the sheriff said those words the night he was killed?

-7. When he whipped one of the cousins to death, how did he know the sheriff was also whipped? Also, the town was in flames in the background of the Stranger while the whipping happened. More of a sign that it's Hell.

-8. The first time the stranger reacts to anything in Lago is the sound of a horse whip. He turns around looking scared. Suppose the whip reminded him how he died?

-9. Another sign is when a woman says "You're the kind of man that makes people afraid and that's dangerous." Eastwood replies, "Well, it's what people don't know about themselves inside that make them afraid." The final sentence proves he's showing his inner demons by returning with a beard, hat and personality that he never had before. Sort of like Jekyll and Hyde.

-10. Besides, when he's asked by the girl "Have you ever heard of a man named Jim Duncan?" He says, "I've heard a lot of things. Why?" No one mentioned Jim Duncan to him and when a dead sheriff was brought to his attention earlier, the name wasn't. She didn't mention that Jim was sheriff until after his response.

General Discussion / High Plains Drifter and Sudden Impact
« on: November 11, 2017, 10:45:25 PM »
High Plains Drifter hss a surprising amount of similarities with the Dirty Harry sequel Sudden Impact (1983) released a decade later. Not only were they both directed by and starring Clint Eastwood, but both movies have haunting flashbacks that are revenge stories. Harry gets beaten up by three men similar to the Marshall getting whipped by three men. Both movies have rape. The first time Eastwood uses his gun in the beginning of both movies, three characters are shot and killed. The climax in both movies take place where the flashbacks were with Eastwood killing the remaining villains at night. They're also the only two Clint Eastwood movies to costar actor Russ McCubbin. He plays Fred Short in High Plains Drifter (1973) and Eddie in Sudden Impact (1983).

These are my two favorites of his gun shooting movies. Find more comparisons.

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