Director: Clint Eastwood

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Film:Unforgiven

Unforgiven

Clint Eastwood

Winner of four Academy Awards, including best picture, director, supporting actor, and best editing, Clint Eastwood’s 1992 masterpiece stands as one of the greatest and most thematically compelling Westerns ever made. “The movie summarized everything I feel about the Western,” said Eastwood at the time of the film’s release. “The moral is the concern with gunplay.” To illustrate that theme, Eastwood stars as a retired, once-ruthless killer-turned-gentle-widower and hog farmer. He accepts one last bounty-hunter mission—to find the men who brutalized a…

Film:Mystic River

Mystic River

Clint Eastwood

Superior acting, writing, and direction are on impressive display in the critically acclaimed Mystic River, Clint Eastwood’s 24th directorial outing and one of the finest films of 2003. Sharply adapted by L.A. Confidential Oscar-winner Brian Helgeland from the novel by Dennis Lehane, this chilling mystery revolves around three boyhood friends in working-class Boston—played as adults by Tim Robbins, Sean Penn, and Kevin Bacon—drawn together by a crime from the past and a murder (of the Penn character’s 19-year-old daughter) in the present. These dual…

Film:Million Dollar Baby

Million Dollar Baby

Clint Eastwood

I don’t train girls”, trainer Frankie Dunn growls. But something’s different about the spirited boxing hopeful who shows up daily at Dunn’s gym. All she wants is a fighting chance. Clint Eastwood plays Dunn and directs, produces and composes music for this acclaimed, multi-award-winning tale of heart, hope and family. Hilary Swank plays resilient Maggie, determined not to abandon her one dream. And Morgan Freeman is Scrap, gym caretaker and counterpoint to Dunn’s crustiness. Grab your dreams and come out swinging.

Film:Hereafter

Hereafter

Clint Eastwood

Matt Damon stars in Hereafter, directed by Clint Eastwood from a screenplay by Peter Morgan. Hereafter tells the story of three people who are haunted by mortality in different ways.

George (Matt Damon) is a blue-collar American who has a special connection to the afterlife. On the other side of the world, Marie (Cécile de France), a French journalist, has a near-death experience that shakes her reality. And when Marcus (George McLaren and Frankie McLaren), a London schoolboy, loses the person closest to him, he desperately needs answers. Each on a path in search of the truth, their lives will intersect, forever changed by what they believe might—or must—exist in the hereafter.

Album:Changeling: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Changeling: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Clint Eastwood

Based on the actual incident that rocked California’s legal system, Changeling tells the shocking tale of a mother’s quest to find her son, and those who won’t stop until they silence her. In addition to directing, Clint Eastwood provides what may be his most beautiful, touching and compelling score. Clint Eastwood directs Angelina Jolie and John Malkovich in a provocative thriller based on actual events: Changeling. In the film, Christine Collins’ (Jolie) prayers are met when her kidnapped son is returned. But amidst the frenzy of the photo op reunion, she realizes this child is not hers. Facing corrupt police and a skeptical public, she desperately hunts for answers,only to be confronted by a truth that will change her forever.

Film:Changeling (2008)

Changeling

Clint Eastwood

Los Angeles in 1928: On a Saturday morning in a working-class suburb, Christine said goodbye to her son, Walter and left for work. When she came home, she discovered he had vanished. A fruitless search ensues, and months later, a boy claiming to be the nine-year-old is returned. Dazed by the swirl of cops, reporters, and her conflicted emotions, Christine allows him to stay overnight. But in her heart, she knows he is not Walter.

As she pushes authorities to keep looking, she learns that in prohibition-era L.A., women don’t challenge the system and live to tell their story. Slandered as delusional and unfit, Christine finds an ally in activist Reverend Briegleb (John Malkovich), who helps her fight the city to look for her missing boy. Based on the actual incident that rocked California’s legal system, Changeling movie tells the shocking tale of a mother’s quest to find her son, and those who won’t stop until they silenced her.

Film:Gran Torino

Gran Torino

Clint Eastwood

Clint Eastwood directs and stars in the drama “Gran Torino,” marking his first film role since his Oscar®-winning film “Million Dollar Baby.” Eastwood portrays Walt Kowalski, an iron-willed and inflexible Korean War veteran living in a changing world, who is forced by his immigrant neighbors to confront his own long-held prejudices.

Retired auto worker Walt Kowalski fills his days with home repair, beer and monthly trips to the barber. Though his late wife’s final wish was for him to take confession, for Walt—an embittered veteran of the Korean War who keeps his M-1 rifle cleaned and ready—there’s nothing to confess. And no one he trusts enough to confess to other than his dog, Daisy.

The people he once called his neighbors have all moved or passed away, replaced by the Hmong immigrants, from Southeast Asia, that he despises. Resentful of virtually everything he sees—the drooping eaves, overgrown lawns and the foreign faces surrounding…[more]

Album:Grace Is Gone: Music from the Motion Picture

Grace Is Gone: Music from the Motion Picture

Clint Eastwood

Stanley Phillips, a patriot and father of two, is overwhelmed when he gets news that his wife, Grace, has been killed in the Iraq war. Though distraught himself, he tries to rally the strength to tell his young daughters. Instead, he bundles them in the car and heads out on a road trip to their favorite amusement park. Inside, he knows what he needs to do. But he must first learn who his daughters are before he can begin helping them overcome this tragedy.

The film features original score by Clint Eastwood and also includes a song written by Eastwood and sung by Jamie Cullum.

Film:Letters from Iwo Jima

Letters from Iwo Jima

Clint Eastwood

Sixty-one years ago, US and Japanese armies met on Iwo Jima. Decades later, several hundred letters are unearthed from that stark island’s soil. The letters give faces and voices to the men who fought there, as well as the extraordinary general who led them.

The Japanese soldiers are sent to Iwo Jima knowing that in all probability they will not come back. Among them are Saigo (Kazunari Ninomiya), a baker who wants only to live to see the face of his newborn daughter; Baron Nishi (Tsuyoshi Ihara), an Olympic equestrian champion known around the world for his skill and his honor; Shimizu (Ryo Kase), a young former military policeman whose idealism has not yet been tested by war; and Lieutenant Ito (Shidou Nakamura), a strict military man who would rather accept suicide than surrender. …[more]

Album:Million Dollar Baby: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Million Dollar Baby: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Clint Eastwood

Clint Eastwood’s gritty boxing drama was the big winner at the 2005 Academy Awards, garnering Oscars for Best Film, Best Director (Eastwood), Best Actress (Hillary Swank) and Best Supporting Actor (Morgan Freeman). As it did for 2003’s Mystic River, Eastwood’s life-long love of music and budding confidence as a composer has led him again to score the film himself. Anchored by elegiac figures for solo acoustic guitar and piano, it often shares River’s spacious, subtle introspection. But it’s also occasionally seasoned with welcome dollops of jazz and…

Film:Space Cowboys

Space Cowboys

Clint Eastwood

This slice of cornball Americana is so much fun you’ll be tempted to stand up and salute. Director and costar Clint Eastwood manages to turn what might have been ludicrous into a jubilant tribute to age and experience, and Space Cowboys succeeds as two movies in one—a comedy about retired pilots given one last shot at glory and an Apollo 13-like thriller with all the requisite heroics. With a dream cast of Hollywood vets playing old farts described in tabloids as “The Ripe Stuff,” the movie jumps from a 1958 prologue (establishing their lost bid for…

Film:The Bridges of Madison County

The Bridges of Madison County

Clint Eastwood

Some called it a snooze-fest, while others tearfully clutched their Kleenex. In any case, Clint Eastwood was an unusual and (as it turned out) perceptive choice to direct and costar in this lush adaptation of Robert James Waller’s phenomenally bestselling novel. Meryl Streep costars as Francesca, the lonely Iowa farmer’s wife who is instantly attracted to Robert (Eastwood), the photographer from National Geographic who is in the area to photograph the bridges along Iowa’s rural roadways. The two fall in love while Francesca’s husband and children are away…

Film:Blood Work

Blood Work

Clint Eastwood

Clint Eastwood’s Blood Work is a refreshing reminder that Hollywood’s young Turks can still learn a lesson from good old-fashioned craftsmanship. Settling into an easygoing groove that recalls his early work in Play Misty for Me, the 72-year-old producer-director-star acknowledges his age by playing a retired FBI profiler and recent heart-transplant recipient. He’s recruited by his heart donor’s grieving sister (Wanda De Jesus) to find her dead sibling’s killer, and personal obligation compels his dutiful but health-risking investigation. From a…

Film:Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

Clint Eastwood

Readers of John Berendt’s bestselling novel, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, were bound to be at least somewhat disappointed by this big-screen adaptation, but despite mixed reaction from critics and audiences, there’s still plenty to admire about director Clint Eastwood’s take on the material. Readers will surely miss the rich atmosphere and societal detail that Berendt brought to his “Savannah story,” and the movie can only scratch the surface of Georgian history, tradition and wealthy decadence underlying Berendt’s fact-based murder mystery.…

Album:Mystic River: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Mystic River: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Clint Eastwood

He’s been an international movie star icon, successful producer, acclaimed director, and fervent jazz revivalist. But after years of cinemusic flirtations, Clint Eastwood finally adds “film scorer” to his already burgeoning resume. Those familiar with his jazz affections and a laconic keyboard approach that seems to echo his very acting style won’t be surprised by the elegantly moody “Main Title” he’s composed for this character-driven drama. But the autumnal, minimalist, and post-modern influenced orchestral cues (performed with sympathetic grace by the Boston…

Film:True Crime

True Crime

Clint Eastwood

Not enough people went to see True Crime in theaters. Wasn’t Clint Eastwood too old to be playing a guy whom a variety of glorious women, from the middle-aged Diane Venora and Laila Robins to the young Mary McCormack and Lucy Liu, find attractive? Could the onetime Man with No Name credibly play a brilliant crime reporter, Steve Everett, with an ironic turn of phrase and an incurable habit of screwing up both his personal and professional lives? The respective answers to those questions are: hell no and hell yes. True Crime features one of…

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