Clint Eastwood Collection [DVD] 
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Box set of eight classic Clint Eastwood films. In 'Play Misty for Me' (1971) Dave Garland (Clint Eastwood) is a Californian DJ who runs a late night call-in show, and receives regular requests from a female caller for Erroll Garner's 'Misty'. The fan, Evelyn Draper (Jessica Walter), turns out to be a maniacal stalker. In the western 'High Plains Drifter' (1973) the unwelcome arrival of a stranger (Eastwood) in the town of Lagos causes resentment and fear among the locals. However, when they come under threat from a band of escaped convicts, it is to the stranger that the townsfolk turn for salvation. In 'The Beguiled' (1970), during the American Civil War, a wounded Union soldier (Eastwood) is taken in by the all-female staff of a Confederate Louisiana girls' school as their 'prize'. However, the soldier cunningly plays the women off against each other, working on their sexual frustrations and biding his time until he can make an escape. 'Breezy' (1973) is an Eastwood-directed effort in which Breezy (Kay Lenz) is a teenage hippy hitchhiker taken advantage of by a ruthless rotter who wants to use her for sex. She escapes in a remote area and meets kindly middle-aged man Frank Harmon (William Holden) whom she hopes will take her in. Harmon is (rightfully) reluctant and his worst imaginable scenario comes true when the impressionable teen falls in love with him. In 'Joe Kidd' (1972) Eastwood plays a drunken tracker coerced by American business tycoon Robert Duvall to go in search of Mexican agitator John Saxon. The film is scripted by renowned crime writer Elmore Leonard. In 'Two Mules for Sister Sarah' (1969) a gold-digger (Eastwood) in old Mexico shows his fundamentally noble nature by saving a 'nun' (Shirley Maclaine) from being raped. She turns out in fact to be a prostitute, and the odd couple team up, facing continual confrontation with the French forces. In 'Coogan's Bluff' (1968) Eastwood is Arizona deputy Walt Coogan, sent to New York city to escort a prisoner home. The prisoner isn't ready to be transferred back to Arizona so Coogan cuts a few corners. This helps the prisoner escape and, after Coogan clashes with the Sherrif McElroy (Lee J. Cobb), he is ordered back to Arizona. In 'The Eiger Sanction' (1975) college lecturer Jonathan Hemlock (Eastwood) tops up his university paypacket by carrying out the occasional assassination. His latest assignment involves joining a climbing expedition up the Eiger, identifying the Russian killer amongst the group, and then neutralising his threat.
A collection that features eight films starring the iconic Clint Eastwood. Includes The Beguiled, Breezy, Coogan's Bluff, The Eiger Sanction, High Plains Drifter, Joe Kidd, Play Misty for Me and Two Mules for Sister Sara.
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PLAY MISTY FOR ME is the first film that he directed, and a pioneering one too (Fatal Attraction imitated it many years later).
TWO MULES FOR SISTER SARA is a wonderful Western comedy, with a mellow humour. It stars Shirley Maclaine as a wandering nun.
COOGAN'S BLUFF is interesting for any Clint fan as it was his first cop movie, made just before 'Dirty Harry', but the character that Eastwood portrays harks from Texas and is similar to a tough cowboy in mindset.
HIGH PLAINS DRIFTER is one of Clint's best, not to mention darkest, Westerns. Playing yet another strange man-with-no-name wandering on muleback into a Western town, Clint's character here helps the locals to fight off marauding attackers in unexpected ways. I liked it best for the memorable characters (including a sympathetically portrayed dwarf) and imaginative imagery (the town becomes something of a character in itself).
THE BEGUILED is an excellent film. I won't give away the ending, but be prepared for an unsettling turn of events when, during the American Civil War, a wounded soldier stumbles across a girls boarding school where, after being tended to, he develops more than one romantic relationship as the frustrated girls (and their female guardian) begin to compete jealously for his romantic attentions.
THE EIGER SANCTION does not begin especially well but gets going after the first third or so of the movie. It has some great views of mountainous American landscapes, authentic rock-climbing scenes, Clint jogging in a very fetching tight red T-shirt (ok, that's more for the ladies), and a terrific climax. A pretty good little seventies thriller.
JOE KIDD (a so-so Western) could be placed under the category 'throwaway movie', but it's fine for a chilled-out Sunday afternoon. Apparently the highlight of the movie (slight spoiler here), where a train simply smashes through the wall, was Clint's idea!
BREEZY I have not seen yet, but it should be worth a watch if you are interested in Mr Eastwood's earliest directorial efforts seeing as he made it in 1973. He does not star but it looks like a charming love story between a young, hippyish girl and an older man.
1. THE BEGUILED *****
One of my favourite Eastwood movies amongst his early Hollywood exploits following the 'Spaghetti' years. Charming, sinister and ultimately tragic. Too many women for even Clint to handle.
2. BREEZY ***
An unlikely love affair between a freewheeling young hippy-ish girl and the obviously aging William Holden (not all that far from (at least psychological) cradle snatching). Clint directs but doesn't appear in this film.
3 COOGAN'S BLUFF ***
I've always been ambivalent about this movie. I sympathise with characters on both sides for contrasting reasons. Such is life. A couple of classic Clint scenes here. He obviously wins out in the end.
4 THE EIGER SANCTON *****
On the face of it, not an interesting plot. When I first saw this as a teenage movie fan I thought it was boring. The sub-plots are the nub.
5 HIGH PLAINS DRIFTER *****
I cannot rate this movie too highly. It's one of Clint's best five films. He appears to be a vengeful returning spirit intent on bringing a corrupt town to justice and sending it to hell.
6 JOE KIDD ****
An average to good Western. I wish I could award three-and-a-half stars. That's it.
7 PLAY MISTY FOR ME ****
Possibly the first 'stalker' movie. Clint is a cool and possibly too laid back California DJ who attracts a bunny-boiler fan. Romance, mind games, and ultimately violent mayhem ensue.
8 TWO MULES FOR SISTER SARAH ****
I'm torn between 4 and 5 stars for this one. Nearly all of Clint's best movies have him playing a cowboy of one sort or another (outlaw/lawman/supernatural being...) and this is no exception. Shirley Maclaine is perfectly cast as the nun/whore/criminal in his charge.
Play Misty for me is an exceptional thriller with a twist.
Joe Kidd was a surprise with a lot of comedy thrown in.
The Eiger Sanction's highlight has got to be Brenda Venus as George. Brenda must be one of the most stunning/sexiest women that has ever been on film.
Two Mule is a Western Classic as is High Plains Drifter.
Overall these films are quality stuff with plenty of great acting, stories and pure enjoyment.
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