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Eastwood News / Re: Unforgiven?s Lost Ending
« on: August 05, 2022, 12:11:12 PM »
Great article on one of my favorite movies of all time!  Thanks for posting this.  I could see how that original written ending would have worked ok but the ending in the movie just left you with that dark and forbidding feeling.... just perfect imo.

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General Discussion / Watched Lafayette Escadrille
« on: July 11, 2022, 08:00:46 PM »
Finally saw Lafayette Escadrille on TCM today and there was one neat tidbit that I never knew about this movie.  The pitcher throwing to Clint in the baseball game was no other than Billy Jack himself... Tom Laughlin.  Pretty sure I never knew this.

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Just to add a little to this discussion, for decades I've repeatedly have read articles that mention that so many of Eastwood's films have made incredible amount of money for Warners, that the studio usually had no problem letting him make a much smaller, personal, intimate movie that by all accounts would not have huge box office.  Maybe in this day of excessive greed ruling everything from movies to sports, Warners will have a different opinion. I always think of two prime Eastwood examples where the studio didn't want to proceed with his projects.... Every Which Way But Loose and Million Dollar Baby.  Wonder how they did?

And for the record, I personally love Honkytonk Man. 

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Eastwood News / Re: Re: Eastwood in the press (minor mentions)
« on: April 13, 2022, 05:28:48 AM »
Thank you for recommending this documentary, exit00. Somehow it had slipped me up to this point, but I gave it a watch and I enjoyed it very much. My favorite Corbucci film has got to be The Great Silence.

yeah, I was lucky that my film club showed The Great Silence on the big screen at the Alamo theater and I thought it was great.  The other day I watched the Corbucci movie Navajo Joe with Burt Reynolds... which wasn't that great but very entertaining.   That doc made me wonder what if Eastwood had ended up doing a Corbucci movie instead of the Leone one....

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Eastwood News / Re: Eastwood in the press (minor mentions)
« on: April 12, 2022, 02:34:45 PM »
Watched a great documentary Django and Django on Netflix (narrated by Tarantino) about the Italian film director Sergio Corbucci who made a bunch of Italian spaghetti westerns in the 60's. Some mention of Eastwood and Leone in this doc with a few behind the scenes videos of Clint making the Leone's films.  Based on what was shown re Corbucci's movie The Mercenary, I was able to find this free on my cable.  It's a must watch movie for fans of The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly for some fascinating scenes that are right out of Leone's film.

For Eastwood fans who have Netflix, I highly recommend the documentary as well as The Mercenary movie.....

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Clint Eastwood Westerns / Re: The Outlaw Josey Wales on the big screen
« on: November 14, 2021, 09:01:16 PM »
Yeah, I agree... Warners didn't promote these re-releases at all... I remember reading about them somewhere a few months ago but that was it.  Lucky for me that I'm always looking at my theater's schedule and that they got the movie (just for one screening however).  These re-releases have also been on HBO Max but I don't know if they showed the special documentary as well.

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Clint Eastwood Westerns / The Outlaw Josey Wales on the big screen
« on: November 09, 2021, 09:49:40 AM »
Saw Josey Wales last night at my local Alamo Drafthouse theater in Virginia... released to the theaters as part of the 45th anniversary of the film.  I've seen this movie countless times over the years (including on opening day 45 years ago) but I never get tired of seeing it and watching it again on the big screen was just marvelous.  Perfect storytelling and great cinematography plus one of Clint's best roles.  Can't say much more that hasn't already been said on this board but if anybody gets to see this in a theater near them, make sure to stay after the credits as there is a 15-20 minute great documentary on not just about making Josey Wales but discussion on making all his westerns... lots of interviews including Costner and Scorcese.

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Saw the movie today at 12:30 and a pretty decent crowd of around 25 people (all who appeared older than me!).  (One interesting note in the theater lobby, a film-goer was wearing a big brown poncho).

As for the film itself, I liked it a lot and it seem to grow on me as the movie went on.  Pretty much agree with most of what Antonis posted earlier.  Great score/music and cinematography.  Clint seems to love these stories about adult/kid learning life lessons thru each other.  Can't help but marvel at Clint at 91 riding horses and getting down easily to look under a car.  The easy-going story and tone kept reminding me of Honkytonk Man.

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Eastwood News / Re: CRY MACHO: Production Information and News
« on: September 12, 2021, 03:28:08 PM »
exit00, did you see this thread where the question was asked? http://www.clinteastwood.org/forums/index.php?topic=11049.msg244503#new

Christopher, darn if I missed that thread and just saw that posting in this thread!  That is an interesting photo.. I do remember that Steve McQueen episode but did not notice that scene.  This post and my previous post on this should be deleted as it doesn't really belong in this thread.

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Eastwood News / Re: CRY MACHO: Production Information and News
« on: September 11, 2021, 07:44:06 PM »
This is something I struggle with. I often find this is a problem for me with Eastwood's new films, which is why I tend to like them better on a second viewing.

I?m exactly the same way.... I find it impossible to go in without having super high expectations and then enjoying the movie better on 2nd viewing

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Eastwood News / Re: CRY MACHO: Production Information and News
« on: September 11, 2021, 07:38:43 PM »
Indeed, Clint does not seem to deny that he was in Alfred Hitchcock Presents TV series.
But he confirmed nothing. Then, we still have no certainty about his involvement in that TV series.
Clint was in many TV series such as Highway Patrol, Navy Log, West Point, Death Valley Days, Men of Annapolis, Maverick and Mr Ed. Of course, Clint was one of the leading actors of Rawhide.

In the past year, I watched every episode of both Alfred Hitchcock Presents and the Alfred Hitchcock hour and I did not see Clint in any episode.

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Eastwood News / Re: CRY MACHO: Production Information and News
« on: August 09, 2021, 04:02:52 PM »
I just saw a TV spot for the first time during a golf broadcast.

I saw the same on Sunday's telecast of the final round....

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Eastwood News / Re: CRY MACHO: Production Information and News
« on: August 05, 2021, 04:53:01 PM »
https://youtu.be/JVc8SI5CAKw

Cry Macho trailer is here.....  :) :)

Ok, now I CAN"T wait until Sept 17!

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Eastwood News / Re: CRY MACHO: Production Information and News
« on: August 05, 2021, 04:43:24 PM »
Just love that poster!  Clint is the only actor I can think of that I always look forward to the movie poster.... every film seems to have such a great poster to go along with it.

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Eastwood News / Re: CRY MACHO: Production Information and News
« on: July 28, 2021, 07:07:36 AM »

Yeah I like the Yoakam casting too, but I'm in the complete minority on this but I'm hoping it's not another Perfect World which I found to be a overrated bore....

And I've always thought that A Perfect World was a highly underrated movie with Costner (as well as the kid) so good in that role.  I will say that I almost wish Clint had not been in that movie, just directed it.  I don't know much about the book Cry Macho but from what I read, the main character in the book is 35 years old...

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Eastwood News / Re: CRY MACHO: Production Information and News
« on: July 27, 2021, 04:48:43 PM »
I expect Cry Macho to be one of Eastwood's small personal films

Yeah, I think so too.  Maybe it will be another older/younger relationship picture like A Perfect World, Million Dollar Baby, or Honkytonk Man.  One thing we can be sure of, Clint will have a lot of his usual great one-liners.  I also love the Dwight Yoakam casting.

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and Bee Vang seems to have missed the entire point of the film. This was to show that Walt had grown and that he had re-evaluated his racist views after getting to know his Hmong neighbors. Walt served as a commentary that other older people in society could also change, grow and re-evaluate previously prejudiced points of view. Walt sacrificed his own life to save them from the gangs that would have otherwise continued to terrorize them, so it's quite the stretch to say that the film supported racism.

Exactly.  The film was actually anti-racism... in the same way that Unforgiven was really anti-violent themed.  As an actor in the film, Bee Vang should have easily understood this.  Walt wasn't being glorified for his views, but rather shown as being ignorant and so wrong with these views.  I remember thinking at the time that Gran Torino was just like All in the Family where Archie Bunker so often threw out racist stuff but it was to show how wrong he was, not to laugh at it.  There were tons of humor in the show, but not with Archie's racist slurs.  And I agree with AKA that most sensible people who saw Gran Torino knew exactly what Clint intended with the movie and Walt's character.

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Eastwood News / Re: CRY MACHO: Production Information and News
« on: February 17, 2021, 06:37:06 PM »
Wow... can't believe I've been away from this great site for so long and just finding out about this now!!  Really looking forward to seeing this one (of course I pretty much say this everytime a Eastwood film comes out).  Like others have said, this movie makes me think of a cross between A Perfect World and Honkytonk Man.

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AKA23 - Im pretty much on the same page with all that you wrote.  Yeah, it does seem that Clint loves these stories about ordinary people becoming true heroes in some way.  And I also feel that I lose something watching a movie when I already know what the story is... where there is no surprises along the way... thus those movies aren't as powerful to me, no matter how well done they are.   I was also thinking earlier about a comparison between this movie and Dirty Harry... in the way many critics didn't "get it" and focused on some theme or agenda that wasn't the intent.  I remember words like "fascist" and "vigilante" being used when Dirty Harry came out where the real message I believe was just that Harry had enough of the usual bureaucracy that let the bad guys go free or innocent people die.  Likewise, critics are focusing too much on the negative view of an FBI agent and a newspaper reporter instead of the main story of how a rush to judgment by law enforcement and news media can really damage innocent people... which is even more pronounced in today's world it seems.  I don't know if the book said anything about the reporter and the FBI guy but I'm assuming that the script had it.  And we know that there was a most definite rush to judgment to name a suspect and how it so damaged the life of Jewell... and I think this is what drew Clint to make the film

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Not sure where to put this post so I'll put it here.  Here's a Mike Wallace 60 Minutes interview with Jewell back in 1996 that has some footage that is very interesting to watch after seeing the movie.  Anybody that thinks the movie unfairly treats the Atlanta Journal or FBI need to watch this interview.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qbx50Gsi9g0&feature=youtu.be

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