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Which Clint film is the darkest?

The Beguiled
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High Plains Drifter
2 (20%)
Honkytonk Man
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Bird
1 (10%)
Unforgiven
0 (0%)
Mystic River
3 (30%)
Million Dollar Baby
1 (10%)
Tightrope
3 (30%)

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Voting closed: January 11, 2006, 03:53:11 PM

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« on: January 04, 2006, 07:41:38 PM »

I gotta go with Bird, because the tragedy actually happened.
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« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2006, 11:53:02 PM »

I can't select one of the listed movies because I think his darkest movie is Tightrope
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« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2006, 07:33:56 AM »

I think it was Bird about which a reviewer at Cannes commented (referring to the lighting scheme): "This goes beyond film noir. It's radio." ;)
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« Reply #3 on: January 05, 2006, 09:09:20 AM »

I don't know if I'd list Honkytonk Man as being one of the darkest.

When I think about most violent or coldest violence, I usually think of High Plains Drifter. So I guess I might consider that one as being the darkest.
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« Reply #4 on: January 05, 2006, 10:28:19 AM »

Tightrope
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« Reply #5 on: January 05, 2006, 10:34:21 AM »

Like Lin and Holden, I think his darkest movie is Tightrope. At least to me when you say dark, that's the first one that comes to mind.

If you consider the word "dark" in its literal sense, that is the absence/lack of light, then Tightrope is definitely a dark movie.
It has to do with the use of lighting, which is very special in this movie, and also very typical of Eastwood's work, even though he was not credited as being the director.
There are some very dark scenes, like the one in the club or the scenes where Wes Block's with prostitutes.
The cinematography is used as a mirror to reflect the darkness of Eastwood's character, Wes Block. Darkness "talks" to us in Tightrope, much more than Block himself.

Wes Block is a deeply tortured, tormented guy (he's got a "dark side"). His relationship with women is not "normal", he was destroyed by the failure of his marriage.
He's walking on a tightrope, bearing disturbing and dangerous resemblances to the killer he is after, notably if we consider their "nightly adventures".
He drinks a lot, seemingly to forget about his problems.
As a single father, he's raising his 2 daughters the best he can, all the while never showing them his true self -especially to his oldest daughter, who's suspicious, asks a lot of questions about his job, and fears for his well being, acting like a mother to him.
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« Reply #6 on: January 05, 2006, 01:00:56 PM »

I meant dark in terms of unhappy endings.
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« Reply #7 on: January 05, 2006, 02:05:25 PM »

Every Which Way But Loose.
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« Reply #8 on: January 05, 2006, 02:06:56 PM »

Well then Honkytonk Man and Million Dollar Baby.

In both movies, one of the main characters dies at the end.
Both made me cry  :'(
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« Reply #9 on: January 05, 2006, 02:28:01 PM »

Paint Your Wagon - That one really made me cry. Something about it that just does that to me...
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« Reply #10 on: January 05, 2006, 03:08:26 PM »

Paint Your Wagon - That one really made me cry.
:o Wow! Really?

Which part made you cry?

It made me laugh, that's for sure...but cry, no it didn't -or maybe when they started singing  ;)
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« Reply #11 on: January 05, 2006, 06:15:55 PM »

Gant and Agent ... 

Adam, if you'd like, I can edit the poll to add Tightrope.
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« Reply #12 on: January 05, 2006, 07:01:16 PM »

:o Wow! Really?

Which part made you cry?

Well, my eyes usually start watering after the beginning credits are over. Then whenever they break out into song.....I just lose it. I mean, I start bawling....   :'(

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« Reply #13 on: January 05, 2006, 07:18:57 PM »

I once had a dog that reacted just the same way, Agent! 
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« Reply #14 on: January 05, 2006, 07:52:52 PM »

In my  house sometimes I feel like I am the dog...!  :(
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« Reply #15 on: January 05, 2006, 08:18:27 PM »

Tightrope
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« Reply #16 on: January 06, 2006, 07:44:10 AM »

I once had a dog that reacted just the same way, Agent! 
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« Reply #17 on: January 06, 2006, 01:13:04 PM »

Yes, KC, add Tightrope.
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« Reply #18 on: January 06, 2006, 01:43:40 PM »

Tightrope's got a happy ending..... ???
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« Reply #19 on: January 06, 2006, 02:29:22 PM »

I voted Mystic River.I felt that it`s more"darker"than those other films listed because of it`s contents(mainly a childabuse) .

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