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MAGNUM FORCE (1973)

Released on Christmas Day 1973, Magnum Force may be the most interesting of the four sequels to Dirty Harry, since it turns a mirror on Harry himself when he is forced to deal with fellow policemen who are extrajudicially killing various San Francisco criminals. Audiences loved the movie, as it became a bigger hit than its predecessor, and the sixth highest-grossing film released in 1973. Here Clint Eastwood as Harry Callahan, unbeknownst to him, is conversing with some of the rogue cops, played by Tim Matheson, Robert Urich, Kip Niven, and David Soul.

Clint Eastwood as Harry Callahan is conversing with some of the rogue cops, played by Tim Matheson, Robert Urich, Kip Niven, and David Soul.

Clint Eastwood and director Ted Post behind-the scenes.

Clint Eastwood and director Ted Post behind-the scenes

Hal Holbrook, who plays Lieutenant Briggs, and Clint Eastwood on the set.

Hal Holbrook who plays Lieutenant Briggs and Clint Eastwood on the set Magnum Force

EVERY WHICH WAY BUT LOOSE (1978)

What may be the oddest film of Clint Eastwood’s career was ironically one of his most popular. Every Which Way But Loose, released on December 20, 1978, was a contemporary comedy with a country-western, working class twist where Clint’s co-star was an orangutan named Clyde. Even though it veered far from Eastwood’s hugely popular action films, it proved to be an unqualified smash. Indeed, if ticket price inflation is considered, it’s second only to American Sniper as the most successful film of Eastwood’s entire career! Here’s the original one-sheet poster with artwork by Bob Peak.

Clint Eastwood oldest and most popular film

Clint and Clyde share a moment behind-the-scenes.

Clint and Clyde behind-the-scenes

Walter Barnes as fighter Tank Murdock takes on Clint Eastwood as Philo Beddoe in the movie’s climax.

Walter Barnes Tank Murdock Clint Eastwood Philo Beddoe

Clint Eastwood, director James Fargo (in baseball cap), and crew members are filmed by some budding filmmakers in a scene that sadly didn’t make the final cut.

Clint Eastwood, director James Fargo, and crew members

SUDDEN IMPACT (1983)

The fourth title in the Dirty Harry series, and the only entry directed by Eastwood himself, Sudden Impact, was released on December 9, 1983. Again, it was a smash hit, the highest-grossing of the entire series, and the seventh-biggest release of 1983. Here is the striking original one-sheet poster designed by the legendary Bill Gold.

fourth title in the Dirty Harry series Sudden Impact

In this scene, Clint Eastwood as Harry Callahan utters one of the most famous movie lines of all time: “Go ahead, make my day.”

Go ahead, make my day Sudden Impact

Eastwood the director.

Eastwood the director

Eastwood the star.

 Eastwood the star Sudden Impact

GRAN TORINO (2008)

Gran Torino was released on December 12, 2008. As a widowed Korean war veteran who becomes the unlikely protector of his Hmong immigrant neighbors, Eastwood showed that his acting/directing skills and star power had not diminished in the slightest. The movie ended up being his highest-grossing movie as an actor. Here Eastwood stands by Bee Vang, Brook Chia Thao, Chee Thao, and Ahney Her.

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Director Clint Eastwood and director of photography Tom Stern on the set. They have worked together on over a dozen films.

Director Clint Eastwood and director of photography Tom Stern on the set Gran Torino

Eastwood and crew prepare a shot with the title vehicle, a 1972 Ford Gran Torino.

title vehicle a 1972 Ford Gran Torino

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