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Happy 8-0, Mr. Eastwood

May 31st, 2010 · 3 Comments

31 Days of Eastwood

Clint Eastwood was born May 31, 1930 in San Francisco, California. 80 years later, there aren’t any superlatives or awards left to bestow on the filmmaker and movie icon. December 2009 saw the theatrical release of Invictus, his 31st film credit as director. Short of Woody Allen, no working director has produced such a prodigious body of work, which like Allen’s, spans the entirety of the 1970s, ’80s, ’90s and ’00s. Eastwood hasn’t filed for retirement benefits yet, having already wrapped the supernatural thriller Hereafter starring Matt Damon and set for release in 2010.

There weren’t enough days in May for me to cover every Eastwood film. The Man With No Name trilogy he made for director Sergio Leone — A Fistful of Dollars (1964), For A Few Dollars More (1965) and The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (1966) — are without words, while Eastwood’s work for Don Siegel in Escape From Alcatraz (1979) is exceptional as well. Some fans have a fondness for Clint gunning down every Nazi in Europe in Where Eagles Dare (1968) and somebody might even love his ill-fated pairing with Burt Reynolds in City Heat (1984).

There is one movie that Eastwood starred in and produced that I had a hell of a time tracking down in time for this series, but one that will be appearing on This Distracted Globe shortly.

Here are links to each of my 31 Days of Eastwood posts, listed in order of their U.S. theatrical release. Happy 8-0, Mr. Eastwood.

The Beguiled 1971 Jo Ann Carol Clint Eastwood

Inauspicious Shadows and Poisonous Candlelight ~ The Beguiled (March 1971)

Play Misty For Me 1971 Clint Eastwood Jessica Walter

Odd Little Story About A Disc Jockey ~ Play Misty For Me (November 1971)

Dirty Harry 1971 Clint Eastwood

The Most Powerful Handgun in the World ~ Dirty Harry (December 1971)

High Plains Drifter 1973 Clint Eastwood

Fire and Brimstone on the Plains ~ High Plains Drifter (April 1973)

Breezy 1973 Kay Lenz

Shacking Up With a Flower Child ~ Breezy (November 1973)

Eiger Sanction 1975 Clint Eastwood

Blaxploitation Goes Mountain Climbing ~ The Eiger Sanction (May 1975)

Outlaw Josey Wales 1976 Clint Eastwood Chief Dan George

We Got Us the Josey Wales ~ The Outlaw Josey Wales (June 1976)

Gauntlet 1977 Sondra Locke Clint Eastwood

Get Off the Bus ~ The Gauntlet (December 1977)

Every Which Way But Loose 1978 Clint Eastwood

Stupid Pet Tricks ~ Every Which Way But Loose (December 1978)

Bronco Billy 1980 Clint Eastwood

Greatest Horse Opera on Earth ~ Bronco Billy (June 1980)

Firefox 1982 Clint Eastwood

A Man and His Stolen MiG ~ Firefox (June 1982)

Honkytonk Man 1982 Alexa Kenin John McIntire Kyle Eastwood Clint Eastwood

Pit Stops of the Dust Bowl ~ Honkytonk Man (December 1982)

Tightrope 1984 Clint Eastwood

Handcuffs in The Big Easy ~ Tightrope (August 1984)

Pale Rider 1985 Clint Eastwood

When The Man Comes Around ~ Pale Rider (June 1985)

Vanessa In the Garden 1985 Sondra Locke

Merchant Ivory in Prime Time ~ Amazing Stories 1.12: Vanessa In the Garden (December 1985)

Heartbreak Ridge 1986 Clint Eastwood Tom Villard

Gung Ho About Being a Marine ~ Heartbreak Ridge (December 1986)

Bird 1988

Pushing Charlie Parker Into the Shadows ~ Bird (September 1988)

White Hunter Black Heart 1990 Jeff Fahey Clint Eastwood

Crazed Director In Africa ~ White Hunter Black Heart (September 1990)

Unforgiven 1992 Clint Eastwood

Meaner Than Hell Cold Blooded Damn Killer ~ Unforgiven (August 1992)

In The Line of Fire 1993 Clint Eastwood

On The Trail of the Assassin ~ In The Line of Fire (July 1993)

A Perfect World 1993 Kevin Costner T.J. Lowther

On the Road To Nowhere ~ A Perfect World (November 1993)

Bridges of Madison County 1995 Meryl Streep Clint Eastwood

Romantic Pang For Anything or Anybody ~ The Bridges of Madison County (June 1995)

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil 1997 John Cusack Kevin Spacey

Skullduggery in Savannah ~ Midnight In The Garden of Good and Evil (November 1997)

Space Cowboys 2000 Donald Sutherland Clint Eastwood

Guys Past Their Retest Dates ~ Space Cowboys (August 2000)

Blood Work 2002 Clint Eastwood Anjelica Huston

Blood Type D Negative ~ Blood Work (August 2002)

Mystic River 2003 Sean Penn

Dark Secrets Lurking In the Old Neighborhood ~ Mystic River (October 2003)

Million Dollar Baby 2004 Hilary Swank Clint Eastwood

On the Ropes ~ Million Dollar Baby (December 2004)

Letters From Iwo Jima 2006 Kazunari Ninomiya

Red Sun, Black Sand ~ Letters From Iwo Jima (December 2006)

Changeling 2008 Angelina Jolie

Lincoln Heights Confidential ~ Changeling (October 2008)

Gran Torino 2008 Clint Eastwood

Widowed By War, The Auto Plant and Their Wives ~ Gran Torino (December 2008)


3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Neil Fulwood // May 31, 2010 at 10:12 am

    Congratulations on a damned good month of film writing and a worthy tribute to Clint. Time and the dictates of work meant I didn’t get a chance to comment on many of your posts, but I certainly made This Distracted Globe a port of call each day during May. So glad you ended on the unparalleled high of ‘Unforgiven’.

  • 2 Kristie // May 31, 2010 at 10:56 am

    Great series!

  • 3 Joe Valdez // Jun 1, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    Neil and Kristie: Thanks so much for making the 31 Days of Eastwood your port of call over the last month! I’ve sure as hell enjoyed reading your comments and certainly welcome any ideas you might have for programming.

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