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Eastwood News / Re:Clint to be on Cover of USA WEEKEND 1/25
« on: January 23, 2004, 07:40:32 AM »
Here is the entire interview - nothing new, but it does have a bonus online interview that will not be in the print copy:

The Dirty Harry Films / Re:Dirty Harry's Pistol
« on: January 20, 2004, 07:32:36 AM »
Welcome to the board ar15!  :)

Clint uses a stainless steel .44 Magnum Revolver in Sudden Impact as well as the stainless steel .44 Magnum AutoMag.  The 629, as the stainless revolver was numbered, only came in 3", 4", and 6" barrel lenghts.  Smith and Wesson also had the 629 "Classic" come out around the same time and this model came in the 5", 6 1/2" and 8 3/8th"  However you can clearly see that Harry doesn't use the "Classic". He uses the plain old 629 which resembles his old trusty 29 more than the "Classic", which if you think about it it should be the other way around.  The "Classic" should resemble the regular model 29 just by its namesake.

6 inch Model 629          6 1/2 inch Model 629 "Classic"

D - Eastwood most certainly did NOT use the model 629.  the 629 was stainless steel, not blued, and Eastwood does not use this at ALL.  The "shinny" is not because it is stainless, but because of the lighting.

The Dirty Harry Films / Dirty Harry = Fargo ????
« on: January 19, 2004, 11:47:22 AM »
I was reading the latest Premier Magazine, and in it they had an article about what would have been casting mistakes.  They listed, as we all know, Frank Sinatra as Dirty Harry.  What I didn't know, and if this was talked about before - apologies - was how psycho the Sinatra Harry would have been.  The article quoted Rob Daly (or is it Daley?) as saying that, not only was the story chgd from NY to SF, and how the character went form schlumpy to cool, but that there was a scene where Sinatra's vengeance had him putting a criminal in a meat grinder !   :-X

I guess, but he never really had time to load the gun. He was too busy trying to get away from the Death Sqaud, and avoid hitting other cars, which he didn't do to well. Just imagine what would have happened had he tried to load his .44 while speeding away.  :o No more Dirty Harry. Well there would be a Dirty, just no Harry. Eh? EH? ZING!!

No, no... during the time he parked the car and ran up the ramp to the carrier, when no one from the death squad was near, he could've just loaded the gun and waited and shot away.

I believe he threw the ammo out on the street for a young to pick up and smash with a hammer and kill himself.  :-X

I thought he tossed the .44 in the back seat after emptying the shells in the fron seat with Holbrook, then tossed the two extra ammo speed loaders into the street.  That means he had the .44 and 6 shots for his use, just waiting....

What I don't understand is why Callahan did not just simply use his .44.  I thought I saw him throw his gun int he back seat, along with some ammo.

Questions & Answers / Re:Eastwood on top of WTC?
« on: January 06, 2004, 01:15:57 PM »
As a kid i saw a movie with Eastwood and some black man chasing and shooting on top of NY World Trade Center. At least i hope it was WTC.
Can anybody help me and tell me what is the name of this movie.



Eastwood in The Enforcer chased a black man on several roofs while shooting - perhaps this is the movie you are thinking of.....

The Dirty Harry Films / Re:Dirty Harry's Pistol
« on: January 03, 2004, 12:35:55 PM »
Just found this.... Maybe his magnum had an  8 3/8 barrel

That is indeed an 8 3/8" barrel, but the front site is not normal for a model 29, .44, and it is certainly not the length of the movie guns.

The Dirty Harry Films / Re:Dirty Harry's Pistol
« on: January 03, 2004, 12:34:24 PM »
It had to be 6 inch's ~ here are some stats ~

As I mentioned, at the time of the 1st 3 arry films, Smith & Wesson made the model in 6 1/2", and at the time of the 4th (and currently), 6 inches were the model.

The Dirty Harry Films / Re:Dirty Harry's Pistol
« on: December 30, 2003, 03:45:50 PM »
It'd be nice to have a definitive answer on this.  I don't know, maybe it's not even possible.LOL!

You know like how many Magnum guns total were used in filming.  How many .41's and .44's if any were used.  Number of 6.5" and 8 3/8" barrel versions etc.

Maybe the Inspector had two different barrel length versions of his trusty 'ole .44 Magnum?  We find out later in Magnum Force that he likes to carry around a special "light" load in his gun for certain situations.  I don't think it would be to hard to imagine Dirty Harry also having two different barrel length .44 Magnum's at his disposal either.

Use the 8 3/8" length Magnum for long range conditions like blasting down Scorpio at Kezar.  Or, maybe use the  6.5" version for close range conditions like in the city.

The pistol, again, was a 6 1/2" barrel, up until Sudden Impact, when it became a 6" barrel - why ?  Smith & Wesson had chgd the barrel length to 6" by then.  A 4" barrel and the 8 3/8" barrel were NEVER used, nor was a .41 magnum - this is probably an urban legend.
There is a distinct difference in the barrel from the .41 to the .44 - enough for me to see, and I didn't see it.

In the interview portion of the special features in the Dirty Harry DVD, Joh Milius is says that there were two .44's used for Dirty Harry and Magnum Force.  Perhaps there were others used for The Enforcer, but the barrel in the first three movies were 6 1/2".

Eastwood News / Re:Eastwood on a Last Ride West?
« on: October 07, 2003, 03:56:04 PM »
Well, doesn't look like Eastwood has any project lined up:

"...He has no immediate plans for his next film, intending to bask in the joys of cozy family life. He has a 6-year-old child with his wife of seven years, former California local news anchorwoman Dina Ruiz, as well as six other children from previous relationships.

Meantime, he's not thinking about retirement.

But I'm just going to take more time in between and do only projects I'm really convinced I want to do," he says. "No working for the sake of working.""

Eastwood News / Eastwood on Paula Zahn+CNN..
« on: October 07, 2003, 07:09:34 AM »
CNN and Paula Zahn is featuring an interview with Eastwood this week....

She asked himif there was a chance of another Dirty Harry - he answered the usual "don't want to do that sort of thing anymore", etc....  but then left open the door AGAIN by saying if there was an intersting script he's consider it...

Here is an abreviated transcript:

O'BRIEN: You probably think you know Clint Eastwood well, actor, award-winning director, but when Paula sat down to talk with Eastwood about his new movie "Mystic River," she learned a few things about him that she didn't know. A couple things that might even surprise the dedicated fan.


PAULA ZAHN, HOST: In his over 40-year acting career, Clint Eastwood has played them all, the outlaw...

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You can't get them all Josie.

EASTWOOD: That's a fact.


EASTWOOD: I've got nothing better to do.

ZAHN: The enforcer.

The love.


EASTWOOD: My whole career has been a great escape.

ZAHN: And you've always enjoyed that ability to absorb someone else's personality and sort of just disappear in the character.

EASTWOOD: Sure, that's the great fun of it all.

ZAHN: Offscreen his roles have been equally as diverse. California politician, doting father, and this might surprise you, passionate musician.

EASTWOOD: I guess I'm a frustrated musician. Play just enough to write down tunes and that's about it. "Chopsticks" and a few things.

ZAHN: One thing you learn quickly about Clint Eastwood when you talk with him is that he is remarkably modest. He actually wrote the music for many of his films, including "Unforgiven." For which he one two Academy Awards. His latest directorial effort may lead to more Oscar gold. It's an adaptation of the best-selling novel "Mystic River."

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: My own little daughter and I can't even cry for her.

ZAHN: Clint, I cannot ever remember leaving a film the way I left "Mystic River," Speechless, haunted, worn-out.

Is that what you were trying to evoke in the moviegoer?

EASTWOOD: Yes, I remember when I first read the book, I kept thinking about it for quite a few days. It stayed within the mind for a long time.

ZAHN: It is the riveting story of three young boys, forever changed when one is abducted right in front of his friends and then sexually molested for days. He is able to escape, but not the long- term effects of the violence.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I used to play on this street when I was a kid.

EASTWOOD: I've always been curious about the robbing of innocence and the stealing of a person's life. I think child abuse is one of the most deplorable crimes and how it affects the victim, how you feel 30 years later.

ZAHN: The answer is complicated, and unsettling, and leads to a cycle of violence, familiar ground for Eastwood.

Why have you been so fascinated by violence and its consequences throughout your career?

EASTWOOD: Well, in my early career, I wasn't worried about the consequences so much. I did a lot of action films.

I've done that, I've been through that. I've done that, and I've had a nice career doing that. But it was at some point in your life you figure you can't do that anymore.

ZAHN: So with this more mature conscience, are there films you simply would never even consider going back and doing?

EASTWOOD: Sure. Almost all of them. No, you don't want to go back and do them, because they were at a certain point in your life and they were effective and they were fun and interesting at that particular time in your life. But as you grow along, you change, and you should change.

ZAHN: Having a young child in your life, has that altered the way you view things?

EASTWOOD: Yes, when you're a young guy and doing an entertaining film, a great action thing, it's a great "shoot 'em up" here, and audiences have fun with it. But I want audiences to come and I want them to think with me.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Sixteen years ago, I did a two year bid for robbery at (UNINTELLIGIBLE). Is that going to help you find my daughter's killer? I mean, I'm just asking. EASTWOOD: I want them to come and I want them leave thinking about something, other than just the fact that, yes, that he fired six shots or only five.

Did he fire six shots or only five? Well, to tell you the truth in all this excitement, I've kind of lost track myself. But in the end this is this is a .44 Magnum the most powerful hand gun in the world and would blow your head clean off. You've got to ask yourself one question, do I feel lucky? Well, do you, punk?

That was great fun at the time. Maybe somebody will write a screenplay for mature individual that has that kind of humor, but as long as it goes somewhere, that's all I'm interested in.

ZAHN: You're still leaving an option out there for yourself. I don't blame you.

EASTWOOD: An option, but I've been moving around to the other side of the camera for quite some time, sneakily.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You just shot an unarmed man.

EASTWOOD: He should have armed himself.

ZAHN: Having directed 26 movies, there's not much sneaking going on. What Eastwood is coy about, the political circus in his home state.

Can we talk California recall?

You have got a complicated political situation in your family.

Your beautiful why is backing Gray Davis, right?

EASTWOOD: Well, she supported Gray.

ZAHN: And you're friends with Arnold.

EASTWOOD: I'm friends with Arnold. Dina (ph) and I have both sort of stayed out of it. We don't know too much about it any more than the guy and gal on the street.

ZAHN: Do you miss being mayor?

EASTWOOD: No, not at all. When this whole recall thing started, people started saying, Clint, why don't you get?

I get the guys across the street saying, hey, Clint, run for governor, and I said no chance, fellas, you'll have to let somebody else have that.


O'BRIEN: "Mystic River," opens in selected cities Wednesday and nation wide next Monday. And that's it for us here tonight. I'll see you back here tomorrow morning on "AMERICAN MORNING," that starts at 7:00 a.m. And Paula Zahn will be back tomorrow. "LARRY KING LIVE" is up next. Have a great night.


Eastwood News / Making of Mystic River on TV....
« on: October 07, 2003, 06:39:39 AM »
Here is the link.

In case you haven't seen it already, Bravo TV is featuring a Making Of Mystic River featurette.... the link will show you the schedule....

[Well.... just tried the link and it won't work.. but follow Bravo TV Making Of series and you'll see it....]

gwb I fixed the link for you and I think it works.  Let me know if it doesn't.   Thanks for calling this to our attention.  

The Dirty Harry Films / Re:DH's Holster
« on: September 23, 2003, 10:31:09 AM »
I had posted a link some time ago that had a gentleman selling a firearm and accessories from a gun auction site.  One of the accessories was the holster made by the one referred to above by John Omohundro.  I made another search and it appears to be no longer offered.  But LSU Tiger, if you are really interested, continue to search these gun sites every so often:

The Guns America site is where I found the holster being offered not too long ago.

Eastwood News / Re:Mystic River Release Date
« on: June 27, 2003, 06:33:26 AM »
But it still looks like it has a ltd release in Sept....

Eastwood Film To Open NYFF

Mystic River, Clint Eastwood's well-received entry in the Cannes Film Festival, has been selected to open the 41st annual New York Film Festival on Oct. 3. In a statement, Eastwood said, "I am proud and delighted to return to the New York Film Festival and especially happy to have my film selected as the opening-night film." The film is scheduled for limited release on Sept. 19 and stars Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Kevin Bacon, Laurence Fishburne, Marcia Gay Harden and Laura Linney.

Clint Eastwood Westerns / Re:Clint in "Maverick"
« on: June 19, 2003, 10:48:45 AM »
The highlighted portion of your link worked just fine for me, gwb.  It took me right to the page where you could order the Maverick episode.

Is that where you were sending us?

Hmmm - guess it did work....

yep that's where...

Clint Eastwood Westerns / Re:Clint in "Maverick"
« on: June 19, 2003, 10:18:31 AM »
Damn - why doesn't the whole link work ?

Anyway, FAN, just copy and past the whole thing in your browser....

Clint Eastwood Westerns / Re:Clint in "Maverick"
« on: June 19, 2003, 10:16:59 AM »
How long is the Maverick episode with Clint (the one found in the Unforgiven DVD?) Is there a lot of Clint in it? Can it be ordered individually on DVD or VHS? Thanks

Order it here:


The Dirty Harry Films / Rank of Inspector....
« on: June 19, 2003, 07:21:43 AM »
Where does the rank of Inspector fit ?  Higher than sargent ?  Lower than Lieutenant ?

General Discussion / Re: Clint's Guns
« on: June 16, 2003, 03:00:45 PM »
Does this mean they had not yet gone into production, or that they had stopped making them?  ......  I don't buy that, based mainly on the recoil and sound his gun makes when firing it.  

Not DAmbrosia - but....

It was in production - they started production in the 50's.  I don't know why they said that about the gun not being in production.  They (Smith & Wesson) still produce the Model 29, a little different "stylistically" but nevertheless it is still out there.  They also recently made a limited run of new Model 29's, just like the one that Callahan used (with the original 61/2" barrel) for their 150th anniversary with engraving, and with a few (only 87) made without engraving sent to dealers -  I was lucky to pick up one of the 87.

On your second question, the recoil in the movie was fake.  He may have simulated based on going to the range, but you can see that the "recoil" is different in all the Harry movies, expecially the last one - perhaps Eastwood was getting a little tired of hoisting a heavy gun everytime he shot.  And the sound is not what the gun actually sounds like - that is a sound effect also.

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