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David Sterritt

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231172011

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231172011.001.0001

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Any Which Way He Can

Any Which Way He Can

From Misty and Harry to High Plains Drifter and The Outlaw Josey Wales

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(p.87) Chapter Four Any Which Way He Can
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The Cinema of Clint Eastwood
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David Sterritt

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Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231172011.003.0005

This chapter examines the films that Clint Eastwood directed and starred in from the 1970s to early 1980s. His directorial debut Play Misty for Me (1971) features a California disc jockey who is emotionally and then physically threatened by an unstable woman after a one-night stand. The box-office sensation Dirty Harry (1971) features Harry Callahan, a hard-working police inspector whose weapon of choice is a .44 Magnum revolver. ‘Dirty Harry’ has become an immediately recognizable catchphrase referring to people who break the rules for reasons they find good, or in some cases, for no real reasons at all. Eastwood's other films include Joe Kidd (1972), High Plains Drifter (1973), Breezy (1973), Magnum Force (1973), Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974), The Eiger Sanction (1975), The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976), The Enforcer (1976), The Gauntlet (1977), Escape from Alcatraz (1979), Bronco Billy (1980), Firefox (1982), Honkeytonk Man (1982), Sudden Impact (1983), Tightrope (1984), and City Heat (1984).

Keywords:   Play Misty for Me, Dirty Harry, Joe Kidd, High Plains Drifter, Breezy, Magnum Force, The Outlaw Josey Wales, The Gauntlet, Escape from Alcatraz, Honkeytonk Man

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