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Dirty Harry at 50: Clint Eastwood’s seminal, troubling 70s antihero

Harry Callahan is the cop we’ve been warned about. Though this week marks fifty years since Don Siegel’s genre-defining thriller Dirty Harry busted into cinemas with Smith & Wessons blazing, the general profile of dangerous, off-the-leash law enforcement solidified over the last half-decade of public discourse sounds like it could’ve been traced from the film’s example. Played with a scowl of blanket disgust by Clint Eastwood – Paul Newman had passed on the role as “too right-wing” – San Francisco PD’s top inspector is more than your standard-issue misanthrope. He’s an equal-opportunity bigot, contemptuous of every ethnic group rattled off by a fellow officer in a laundry list of slurs. He’ll readily resort to violence in his work, not above a bit of crude torture to extract information from a perp with a bullet wound. And most hazardous of all, he believes himself unanswerable to anyone but God, who he’d probably just meet with the same glowering frown.

From its earliest stages of development, the script conceived by husband-and-wife team Harry and Rita Fink made clear that Harry’s no boy Scout, but partisans on either side of the ideological aisle looking for affirmation in their stance will be disappointed. Those with hopes for an out-and-out denunciation of this brutish approach to policing have another thing coming, the coarser methods often validated by necessity, as if Harry’s the last line of defense for a society teetering on the brink of anarchy. (The guy can’t even get a hot dog without a bank robbery demanding his attention.) Any gung-ho types walking away as converted Calla-fans have also missed something crucial, however, blind to his placelessness in the city he’s sworn to protect. Neither condemning nor condoning his actions, the film offers what may be the clearest image of the archetypal cop’s self-perception as the only one willing to do the dirty jobs holding America together, even if it means getting dirty yourself.

Wedged between Gary Cooper’s compromised sheriff in High Noon and Jack Nicholson howling that we need him on that wall in A Few Good Men, Harry Callahan presents himself as the bastard we can’t survive without. He’s the seminal ‘70s antihero, a man who’ll break the law to enforce it. That phrase is just one of many cliches worn down precisely because they cut to the core of policework’s foundational philosophical quandary: loose-cannon cops on the edge don’t play by the rules, but dammit, they get results. When the Zodiac-inspired killer dubbed Scorpio terrorizes the Bay Area with a murderous spree, the ineffectual pencil-necks in management positions can’t do anything but twiddle their thumbs. Harry refuses to be hogtied by red tape, to the point that his rough-handed arrests are ruled inadmissible in court, allowing an apprehended Scorpio to walk. He’s so contemptuous of institutional authority that he refuses to sit in the seat reserved for him when meeting with the mayor, whom he treats like little more than a loser in the way.

If the parts of Harry that won’t be domesticated make him a captivating tough guy and a productive member of the squad, they also mark him as an outsider unfit for a polite, civil community. From the meticulously deployed POV shots in the opening scene, Siegel silently conveys Nietzsche’s enduring adage about how those who tangle with monsters are destined to become one. We initially glimpse a bathing beauty frolicking in a rooftop pool through the crosshair of Scorpio’s sniper rifle, and when Harry comes to scope out the crime scene following her killing, he peers at the pool from the same vantage on the same rooftop. To catch a criminal, a man needs to think like a criminal, a tactic that rubs off in an unsavory way. We soon learn that Harry’s something of a pervert, twice distracted while on the job by peeping on nude women in the next building over. He thinks of it like a perk in an occupation without many to go around.

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Even as the film acknowledges Harry’s defects of character and the alienation stemming from them, it supports his position that an imperfect police force is nonetheless vital and under-appreciated. When his partner resigns after getting shot, Harry chats with the guy’s wife outside the hospital and she laments the disrespect the public has for men in uniform, jeered as “pigs” by the younger generation. It’s telling that Scorpio liberally uses that same epithet in the taunts of his deranged clues; his traits reveal the film’s truest stances, in that he embodies everything it most ardently opposes. He’s a social conservative’s worst nightmare, the hippie menace (note Scorpio’s peace-sign belt buckle and flowing post-Summer-of-Love tresses) gone homicidal. His vilification also compels the most underhanded brushstroke in the film, the choice to code Scorpio as the sort of closeted homosexual who delightedly cackles “my, that’s a big one!” upon Harry’s unsheathing of his sidearm. We’re meant to recognize that he’s a deviant by the erotic glee he experiences while paying a hulking Black man – another phantom of the reactionary imagination – to beat him up in order to exaggerate the injuries sustained from Harry.

Though Harry’s not an ideal defender, the film concedes, his faults pale in comparison to what we’re up against. It’s convenient that Scorpio’s crimes lack the ambiguity in Harry’s policing, that he’s a psychopath who takes simple pleasure in hurting people. In Siegel’s astonishingly taut set pieces, the chief reason this nasty piece of work has remained infinitely rewatchable after half a century, Harry represents the difference between a busload of dead kids and a day saved. A growing faction of the American people have come to reject this premise, a favored excuse of police gone rogue to justify their overreach without this film’s key ambivalence. Harry’s pathology has become more embattled, but it hasn’t gone away. His thin-blue-line mentality is revived in every argument against police abolition, with his shadow of amorality unmentioned. The film ends with Harry casting his badge into a body of water, turning his back on the SFPD for a presumable pivot to vigilantism. Most troubling of all, his innumerable wannabes in the present day feel they shouldn’t have to, disposing of the subtext that no longer suits them.

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The Shining Actor Broke Down Into Tears While Working With Clint Eastwood After Being Traumatized By Stanley Kubrick On Set

Director Stanley Kubrick is known for being a taskmaster on his sets. Many actors have recounted horror stories about the director’s dedication to details and how they had to endure as much as a hundred takes due to Kubrick’s penchant for perfectionism.
Scatman Crothers, the actor who played Dick Hallorann in Kubrick’s adaptation of The Shining also recounted memories of going on multiple takes for simple shots. In fact, Crothers was affected so strongly by Kubrick’s style that when he next worked with director Clint Eastwood, he broke into tears as he was satisfied with a single take.
Scatman Crothers On Stanley Kubrick’s Style Of Filmmaking

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Scatman Crothers

Actor and musician Scatman Crothers got to work on Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining after being recommended by his frequent collaborator Jack Nicholson. Nicholson and Crothers had featured in three movies before and while shooting for the classic One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, Nicholson told him that there was a role waiting for him.
Crothers was cast after he met Stanley Kubrick in the role of Dick Hallorann, the chef of the Overlook Hotel and a man who also possesses the power to ‘shine’ like Danny Torrance. Crothers was reportedly amused by Kubrick’s insane dedication to perfection and the number of takes he filmed to get what he wanted.

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Talking to Scraps From the Loft, Crothers spoke about Stanley Kubrick’s directing style,
“Stanley shot 87 takes of the scene in the ballroom with all of the cast. Even the part where I get out of the Sno-Cat and walk to the hotel door—a scene that has no dialogue—took 40 takes. Around the 39th take, I asked Stanley, ‘How do you want me to do it?’ He answered. ‘Walk a little bit to your left.’ So I said. ‘Look, show me how you want me to walk, give me the rhythm,’ and then we got the shot.”
Crothers reportedly also performed the stunts in the film on his own, in the scene where he gets struck with an axe by Jack Nicholson. The scene reportedly took twenty-five takes to get right.
Scatman Crothers Broke Down In Tears While Working With Clint Eastwood

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After his grueling stint on The Shining with director Stanley Kubrick, Scatman Crothers went on to work with director Clint Eastwood on the Western-comedy Bronco Billy. The director is known for being extremely efficient and reportedly often films only one take for every shot. This was a polar opposite experience for Crothers, who had by then become used to Kubrick’s intense style.
The actor reportedly broke down in tears after his performance was given the thumbs up by Eastwood after one take. Crotehrs spoke about the directors’ differing working styles,
“Clint’s much more of an easy-going director Clint would do a shot once or twice and I’d ask him, ‘Is that alright?’…Clint would answer, ‘Well sure. Scat.’ I’d say. ‘Okay, man!’ because after working with Stanley [Kubrick] for so long, I was used to doing anywhere from 15 to 30 takes.”
The actor would years later be in tears yet again after being asked how it was to work with such legendary directors. Crothers assured that they were tears of joy.

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You Won’t Believe How Much Clint Eastwood Was Earning Before He Landed His First Leading Role in a Movie

With a career spanning over 6-decades, Clint Eastwood has made a mammoth fortune with his net worth standing at $375M following his contribution to the field of acting, filmmaking, and composing. However, it wasn’t always sunshine and rainbow when it came to his salary in the entertainment industry, especially during his early 20s when he was just starting out as an actor.
Although it took Eastwood a while to land his first acting gig after getting rejected for Six Bridges to Cross, the following year, he made his acting debut in Revenge of the Creature. But after a string of minor and often uncredited roles, his career eventually picked up the pace with the western series Rawhide, for which he wasn’t exactly paid boatloads of money.
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Clint Eastwood Made $700 per Episode for His First Major Project
While it was Sir Sergio Leone’s Dollars trilogy that earned Clint Eastwood international stardom, prior to playing the lead in the Western, it was his part in Rawhide that put him on the map. And for his role of Ramrod Rowdy Yates, he reportedly made around $700 per episode which approximately adds up to $6000 in today’s dollars that pales in comparison to his huge paydays.
A few years after marking his debut in the hit western, the actor would eventually find himself playing the iconic Man with No Name in 1964’s A Fistful of Dollars, which he agreed for $15000.
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Clint Eastwood Almost Didn’t Return for the The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
For the first installment in his Dollars trilogy, Sir Sergio Leone originally aimed to cast James Coburn in the badass role, but eventually let go of his plans for budget issues, as Coburn charged $25000.
Per BBC (via Farout Magazine), Leone stated,
“I really wanted James Coburn, but he was too expensive. The Italian cinema is very poor. We got Clint for $15,000, Coburn wanted $25,000.”
Following the mammoth success of A Fistful of Dollars, Eastwood’s paycheck witnessed a healthy spike for the sequel, as the studio offered him $50,000. But for the threequel, the Unforgiven Star made an astonishing $$250K following his reluctance to reprise the role in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, with Sir Leone almost recasting Charles Bronson in the role.
Also read: “I don’t like it when it’s dumb”: Yellowstone Star Kevin Costner Revealed He Hates Western Genre Despite Sharing Clint Eastwood’s Rare Record In Hollywood
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Thankfully, the American icon went on to star in the threequel, often considered the best the genre has to offer, and the film became the biggest success of the trilogy, making around $38 Million.
The Dollars Trilogy is available to rent on Apple TV.

 

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Disaster Drama Film Hereafter: Everything You Need to Know

The disaster drama movie “Hereafter,” directed by Clint Eastwood, explores the supernatural and the philosophical. The movie, which came out in 2010, looks at life after death through a series of interconnected stories.
The goal of this blog is to give a full picture of “Hereafter,” including its plot, cast, production information, reviews, and more.


Storyline
“Hereafter” combines three separate stories, all of which are about death and the future. The movie starts with a dramatic scene of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.

It then follows the lives of three characters: a French writer who has a near-death experience, a psychic in San Francisco who can talk to the dead, and a schoolboy in London who loses his twin brother. The people in these stories seek answers to life’s most important questions.
Cast Members
Matt Damon plays psychic George Lonegan, who has trouble with his powers. Cécile de France plays journalist Marie Lelay, who survives the tsunami. And Frankie and George McLaren play the London twins, Marcus and Jason.

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In supporting roles, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jay Mohr, and Thierry Neuvic are also in the cast.

 

The story is more interesting by supporting actors like Bryce Dallas Howard, who plays George’s girlfriend Melanie, and Jay Mohr, who plays George’s brother Billy. Their performances are crucial to the movie’s study of relationships and the afterlife.
The Clint Eastwood movie “Hereafter” is known for taking a careful and thoughtful look at the subject. The production was well planned, especially the scene with the wave, which got great reviews for its realistic appearance.
Filming Locations
The movie was made in many places, such as San Francisco, Paris, and London. The different places give the movie’s look at death and the afterlife a global feel.

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Makers Team

 
The movie did well because of Eastwood’s direction, Peter Morgan’s script, and Tom Stern’s cinematography. The people who made this movie collaborated to bring this complicated story to life.

Reviews from Critics and FFans
Critical reviews of “Hereafter” were mixed. Some people liked how big the story was and how Eastwood directed it, but others thought it moved too slowly. It was, however, usually well-received by audiences who liked how reflective it was.
Where to Watch It?
It is possible to watch “Hereafter” on services like Netflix. This thought-provoking movie can be watched from the comfort of people’s homes by many people.
Matt Damon plays George Lonegan in a way that stands out for being subtle and deep. As Marie Lelay, Cécile de France gives an engaging performance that successfully shows the emotional journey of her character.

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Frankie and George McLaren, who are twins, give moving performances that capture the innocence and pain of youth.
 

 
Conclusion
The film “Hereafter” deals with deep and often unanswerable questions about life after death. The movie is a one-of-a-kind cinematic experience thanks to Clint Eastwood’s nuanced direction, the cast’s powerful performances, and the plot that weaves together different lives and experiences.
“Hereafter” is a movie that makes you think and feel deeply, whether you’re interested in its existential ideas or the emotional journeys of its characters.

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