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Clint Eastwood: Dirty Harry turns 80
Telegraph UK ^ | 2/3/10 | Will Lawrence

Posted on 02/03/2010 6:56:08 PM PST by pissant

As hard as it is to imagine today, Clint Eastwood was once a little boy. And a pretty unexceptional one at that. 'I always joke that back then my teachers were like, “Mrs Eastwood, your son, he is just slow”,’ Eastwood tells me.

The actor, writer and film-maker will be 80 in May, yet the man sitting in this Los Angeles hotel room could easily pass for a young-looking 65.

His crinkly skin is slightly leathery in texture − courtesy of a life spent on film locations and golf courses − but his blue eyes are bright and, at a still-lean six-feet-four, he remains an imposing presence.

This is the fourth time I’ve met him and he talks as quietly and succinctly as ever, delivering short pithy lines with his clipped, gravely tones. He’s no great shakes as an anecdotalist and can be a little taciturn at times. But slow? Never.

Eastwood doesn’t smoke ('only in movies’), has never done drugs ('they just weren’t my thing’), and attributes his rude health to a twice-daily meditation routine and a diet that scrimps on red meat.

He was recently named one of the world’s most stylish men by the American edition of GQ, yet today Eastwood’s cool is seriously compromised by a slightly fuddy-duddy windcheater.

'I guess I’m still a blue-collar guy,’ he laughs. Joking aside, Eastwood is justifiably proud of his working-class upbringing ('I have worked ever since I was 13’) and an underdog story easily as compelling as any from his films.

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1 posted on 02/03/2010 6:56:08 PM PST by pissant
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To: pissant

He got rooked big time last year with Gran Torino.
Should have snagged Best Picture and Best Actor.


2 posted on 02/03/2010 6:57:50 PM PST by GOPsterinMA (Happy Anniversary Barack! Love, Massachusetts)
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To: pissant

Get off my lawn....


3 posted on 02/03/2010 6:58:19 PM PST by ButThreeLeftsDo (Political Correctness Will Get Us All Killed)
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To: pissant

He turns 80 in almost four months. I don’t know why the articles are coming now.


4 posted on 02/03/2010 6:59:40 PM PST by Borges
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To: pissant

“Go ahead make my day!”

This movie made me purchase my Smith & Wesson Model 29 .44 Magnum.


5 posted on 02/03/2010 7:01:08 PM PST by DarthVader (Liberalism is the politics of EVIL whose time of judgment has come.)
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To: pissant

“Go ahead make my day!”

This movie made me purchase my Smith & Wesson Model 29 .44 Magnum.


6 posted on 02/03/2010 7:01:08 PM PST by DarthVader (Liberalism is the politics of EVIL whose time of judgment has come.)
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To: pissant

No country for Old Men...unless you are a Dem Senator until death removes you!


7 posted on 02/03/2010 7:01:40 PM PST by tflabo (Restore the Republic)
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To: pissant
Favorite Quote / Scene: "Unforgiven"

Schofield Kid: "Well, I guess we sure killed the hell outta them fellas, huh Will? - They sure had it comin. ."

William Munney: (slowly looks over to the kid disdainfully) "We all got it comin, kid"

8 posted on 02/03/2010 7:04:23 PM PST by atc23
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To: atc23

District Attorney Rothko: You’re lucky I’m not indicting you for assault with intent to commit murder.

Harry Callahan: What?

District Attorney Rothko: Where the hell does it say that you’ve got a right to kick down doors, torture suspects, deny medical attention and legal counsel? Where have you been? Does Escobedo ring a bell? Miranda? I mean, you must have heard of the Fourth Amendment. What I’m saying is that man had rights.

Harry Callahan: Well, I’m all broken up over that man’s rights!


9 posted on 02/03/2010 7:06:07 PM PST by max americana
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To: Borges

Release of his newest movie in England, that’s why.


10 posted on 02/03/2010 7:06:47 PM PST by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: DarthVader

My 44 Model 29 is my favorite gun. It’s a piece of Art.


11 posted on 02/03/2010 7:06:51 PM PST by Kickass Conservative (There is nothing Democratic about the Democrat Party...)
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To: Kickass Conservative

I remember Clint playing the part of Rowdy Yates on the TV show “Rawhide” — I believe it was on in the late 1950’s.


12 posted on 02/03/2010 7:08:29 PM PST by Mr. Wright
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To: atc23
One of my favorite quotes from Dirty Harry, in response to a bureaucrat cop who boasts that he's never had to pull his gun:

"Well, you're a good man, lieutenant. A good man always knows his limitations."

But perhaps topping the list (though it's hard to say) in one of the Dirty Harry flicks, when he blows away a bad guy who's holding up customers in a Chinese restaurant:

"You forgot to read your fortune cookie. It says 'You're sh*t out of luck.'" (and then, KABLOOEY from the Magnum; no more bad guy!)

13 posted on 02/03/2010 7:13:20 PM PST by Finny ("Raise hell. Vote smart." -- Ted Nugent.)
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To: pissant
Ya know how you're always running into people you shouldn't have f%^$ed with? Well that's me.

Gran Torino was a fantastic movie.
14 posted on 02/03/2010 7:13:53 PM PST by advance_copy (Stand for life or nothing at all)
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To: pissant

Well I certainly did see a few movies that featured Clint Eastwood (the actor). I can’t think of a favorite one but they were all mostly good. I believe also that Clint Eastwood did an album of covers. If I remember correctly, he did a version of “Strawberry Letter 23” (originally by the Brothers Johnson). Not a bad take of that tune.


15 posted on 02/03/2010 7:14:09 PM PST by SamAdams76 (I am 41 days away from outliving Jim Jones)
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To: pissant

One of the greats!


16 posted on 02/03/2010 7:15:57 PM PST by TribalPrincess2U (demonicRATS ... taxes, pain and slow death. Is this what you want?)
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To: Mr. Wright

I remember when he co starred with an orangutan and rode a horse from Shelbyville, Tennessee...


17 posted on 02/03/2010 7:16:28 PM PST by vetvetdoug
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To: pissant

Will Munny: “All right, I’m coming out. Any man I see out there, I’m gonna shoot him. Any sumbitch takes a shot at me, I’m not only gonna kill him, but I’m gonna kill his wife, all his friends, and burn his damn house down.”

You don’t mess with Clint.


18 posted on 02/03/2010 7:18:05 PM PST by GnL
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To: Finny

I’ve always been partial to the westerns. The man with no name trilogy will forever define what a gritty western is in my book. And the Ennio Morricone soundtracks were perfection.


19 posted on 02/03/2010 7:18:19 PM PST by SpaceBar
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To: pissant

“attributes his his rude health to a twice-daily meditation routine and a diet that scrimps on red meat.”

I’m guessing a high fiber bean diet.


20 posted on 02/03/2010 7:18:29 PM PST by tumblindice ("Let's be clear"=I'm lying like a rug)
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To: pissant
The Good, The Bad And The Ugly. (1966)

The cemetery scene with Eli Wallach and the music with it.

Replayed it all too often.

21 posted on 02/03/2010 7:18:38 PM PST by Peter Libra
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To: pissant

I hope I’m still swinging clubs at 80, heck just putting around would be OK too.

Many hours of cinema magic and flickering images ago, a lanky kid hit a soundstage and hasn’t looked back since. He done pretty good.

Here’s to 90..


22 posted on 02/03/2010 7:19:06 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Chuck DeVore - CA Senator. Believe.)
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To: TribalPrincess2U

I always like to point people to “Paint Your Wagon”, which I first saw at about age seven. Clint Eastwood in a musical?

Clint Eastwood SINGING???

One guy said he found it, checked it out, and said his head practically exploded.


23 posted on 02/03/2010 7:19:18 PM PST by Ronin
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To: Ronin

Lee Marvin too. That was too much.


24 posted on 02/03/2010 7:21:17 PM PST by tumblindice ("Let's be clear"=I'm lying like a rug)
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To: pissant

Happy birthday to Mr. Eastwood.


25 posted on 02/03/2010 7:22:30 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: pissant

I believe I’ve liked every Eastwood movie I’ve ever seen.

I especially liked Paint Your Wagon though he’s no singer and Lee Marvin’s not much better. The two were funny in it and it was an entertaining movie.


26 posted on 02/03/2010 7:24:29 PM PST by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: Peter Libra
The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

Next time you watch the graveyard scene, notice how close the shovel comes to Tuco's head.
27 posted on 02/03/2010 7:25:51 PM PST by SpaceBar
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To: tumblindice
I’m guessing a high fiber bean diet.

Hence the fuddy-duddy windbreaker!

28 posted on 02/03/2010 7:25:53 PM PST by Alas Babylon!
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To: Mr. Wright
Used to watch it every week, just like Bonanza, Gunsmoke and Wagon Train.

I think Rawhide started in 1959. I'm not sure if it was based on the Movie from the early 50’s.

29 posted on 02/03/2010 7:26:31 PM PST by Kickass Conservative (There is nothing Democratic about the Democrat Party...)
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To: pissant

The Outlaw Josey Wales is my all-time favorite. Gran Torino is right up there.


30 posted on 02/03/2010 7:30:11 PM PST by Free Vulcan (No prisoners, no mercy. 2010 awaits...)
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To: pissant
I know what you’re thinking, did he fire six shots or five?
31 posted on 02/03/2010 7:31:11 PM PST by Kickass Conservative (There is nothing Democratic about the Democrat Party...)
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To: Ronin

I’ll check it out. Thanks. I faintly remember Pain Your Wagon, I think.

I’m visualizing a drunk actor on a horse. I can picture him, but not the name.


32 posted on 02/03/2010 7:31:37 PM PST by TribalPrincess2U (demonicRATS ... taxes, pain and slow death. Is this what you want?)
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To: pissant

Saw him in a 1956 “Highway Patrol” episode the other week. Even then, he had “it”.


33 posted on 02/03/2010 7:32:59 PM PST by BallyBill (WARNING:Taking me serious could cause stress related illness.)
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To: TribalPrincess2U

Paint not Pain. sheesh!

I’ve been watching Clint ‘s movies on TV this week.
They’ll never be any as good as his movies, especially the westerns.


34 posted on 02/03/2010 7:33:46 PM PST by TribalPrincess2U (demonicRATS ... taxes, pain and slow death. Is this what you want?)
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To: Free Vulcan

Josey Wales was great...

“Endeavor to persevere.” We thought about it for a long time, “Endeavor to persevere.” And when we had thought about it long enough, we declared war on the Union.


35 posted on 02/03/2010 7:34:33 PM PST by SpaceBar
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To: tumblindice
They civilize left... they civilize right, til nothing is left, and nothing is right. They civilize freedom till no one is free...

Sounds to me about what we have now.

36 posted on 02/03/2010 7:36:41 PM PST by Ronin
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To: Kickass Conservative

“It’s a piece of Art.”

It is beautifully put together & finished also you can paint a portrait of devastation with it.


37 posted on 02/03/2010 7:40:40 PM PST by DarthVader (Liberalism is the politics of EVIL whose time of judgment has come.)
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To: SpaceBar
Oh, I hear you on that! Clint is a master at Westerns. I can't really go though a year fulfilled unless I watch "High Plains Drifter," one of my faves. I was away from the U.S. in a kind of third-world place for a couple of months as a teen, and when I got back to the U.S. there were only two things I craved: a real cheeseburger, and a Clint Eastwood spaghetti western.

And though a lot of people snicker at "Pale Rider," Eastwood's brazen '80s take on "Shane," it's one of my favorite Westerns of all time. Stockburn's deputies are priceless! They never smile, they never blink, they never talk among themselves. They just stand around in those big white dusters and look mean. Until "the preacher" kills them all, that is!

*sigh* Now I'm going to have to watch both of them again!

38 posted on 02/03/2010 7:46:07 PM PST by Finny ("Raise hell. Vote smart." -- Ted Nugent.)
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To: GnL; atc23
I love the scene just prior to that where Clint as William Munny opens the door of the saloon full of posse members preparing to go after him and slowly lowers his double barrel shotgun at them while asking: ”Who owns this sh@*hole?” Always wanted to do that at a K-mart.
39 posted on 02/03/2010 7:49:28 PM PST by Inyo-Mono (Had God not driven man from the Garden of Eden the Sierra Club surely would have.)
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To: pissant
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40 posted on 02/03/2010 7:53:38 PM PST by SkyDancer (But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father)
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To: pissant

“And if I was a half as ugly as you, Sergeant Major, I’d be a poster boy for a prophylactic.” - Heartbreak Ridge


41 posted on 02/03/2010 7:54:45 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: Free Vulcan

“The Outlaw Josey Wales is my all-time favorite.”

How many times did that poor dog get spit on?


42 posted on 02/03/2010 7:57:23 PM PST by Rebelbase
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To: Finny
Oh, I hear you on that! Clint is a master at Westerns. I can't really go though a year fulfilled unless I watch "High Plains Drifter," one of my faves. I was away from the U.S. in a kind of third-world place for a couple of months as a teen, and when I got back to the U.S. there were only two things I craved: a real cheeseburger, and a Clint Eastwood spaghetti western.

Since you live in Calif, you ought to go check out Mono Lake sometime where they filmed High Plains Drifter (just a few miles north of me). Joe Kidd was filmed six miles from my house.

43 posted on 02/03/2010 8:01:23 PM PST by Inyo-Mono (Had God not driven man from the Garden of Eden the Sierra Club surely would have.)
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To: DarthVader
This movie made me purchase my Smith & Wesson Model 29 .44 Magnum.

That movie sold a LOT of model 29's. :-)

44 posted on 02/03/2010 8:04:31 PM PST by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: pissant

Clint Eastwood is truly a National Treasure, in the tradition of John Wayne, and many others.


45 posted on 02/03/2010 8:05:58 PM PST by Bean Counter (Stout Hearts...)
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To: SpaceBar
Eastwood redefined two genres of movies, the western and the cop show. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, and Dirty Harry. Every western and cop movie made since then owes a debt to Eastwood. He also delivers one liners better than almost anyone else:

"Deservins got nothing to do with it."

He also previewed the psycho-chick movie in "Play Misty for Me." Fatal Attraction was an almost scene by scene ripoff.

And, I'll tell you exactly where Heath Ledger got the idea for his Joker. Scorpio from Dirty Harry. Watch the movie and check out Andrew Robinson's character, the way he moves, the psycho lies, and the rapid personality changes:


46 posted on 02/03/2010 8:07:09 PM PST by Richard Kimball (We're all criminals. They just haven't figured out what some of us have done yet.)
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To: Ramius

Yeah. Bet Colt wished he’d used a Python.


47 posted on 02/03/2010 8:07:48 PM PST by Richard Kimball (We're all criminals. They just haven't figured out what some of us have done yet.)
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To: Inyo-Mono

Right behind you, above the timberline west roughly of Bishop, about ten years ago they discovered two mummified corpses still strapped into their ultralight aircraft, both with broken legs. They were reported missing the previous year by their wives and some hikers found them. The authorities conjectured that they survived an emergency landing but were too injured to go for help and their cell phones were dead, so they froze to death.


48 posted on 02/03/2010 8:09:08 PM PST by SpaceBar
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To: Finny
Trying to think here. Pale Rider did rip off Shane but also High Plains Drifter, High Noon and others I cannot think of now. Great Movie.
49 posted on 02/03/2010 8:12:33 PM PST by nomorelurker
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To: DarthVader

Which is why God invented the Hollow Point Bullet.

“It’ll blow your head clean off”.

“Do you feel lucky punk? Well, do you?”


50 posted on 02/03/2010 8:12:46 PM PST by Kickass Conservative (There is nothing Democratic about the Democrat Party...)
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