Clint Eastwood American Icon Collection (Play Misty for Me / The Eiger Sanction / Coogan's Bluff / The Beguiled)
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Clint Eastwood (making his very assured directorial debut) is a poetry-spouting stud-muffin DJ stalked by a maniacally amorous fan after a misguided one-night stand in this enjoyably schlocky, undeniably effective film about good intentions gone murderously wacky. Although many of the very '70s trappings presented here may ultimately be too dated to be taken seriously (including a very self-indulgent jazz number and a hilariously gooey seduction number between Eastwood and Donna Mills), the core premise of infatuation taken out of bounds remains uncomfortably plausible--and was influential enough to be appropriated by one of the biggest hits of the '80s. (Here's a hint--it starred Michael Douglas, Glenn Close, and a very unfortunate bunny rabbit). A well-staged and occasionally very frightening thriller worth watching for Jessica Walter's peerlessly unhinged performance alone. Frequent Eastwood collaborator Don Siegel (director of Dirty Harry, Coogan's Bluff, and The Beguiled, to name but a few) has a nice cameo as Murphy, the mustachioed, chess-playing bartender. --Andrew Wright
The Eiger Sanction
Clint Eastwood held the dual role of director and star of this 1975 spy thriller, which makes up for sluggish pacing with a breathtaking climax on a treacherous peak in the Swiss Alps. The plot kicks into gear when Eastwood, playing a retired assassin, is recruited back into a secret organization to avenge the murder of an old friend. He's then blackmailed into making a second "hit"; this time his target is one of three men who will be attempting to conquer the Eiger, a dangerous peak in Switzerland. Himself an accomplished climber, Eastwood's character joins the expedition with George Kennedy as leader of the ground crew. Shifting loyalties, apparent betrayals, and paranoid suspicion factor into the suspenseful climax on the sheer face of the mountain. This memorable sequence--for which Eastwood performed his own mountain-climbing stunts--is effectively intense, built on a standard plot of double-cross and intrigue that was intended to combine Eastwood's screen persona with the global adventure of the James Bond films. For the most part it works--it's not one of Eastwood's better films, but it's got some first-class thrills (and a sly performance by Jack Cassidy) to grab and hold your interest. --Jeff Shannon
Clint Eastwood stars as a soft-spoken, straightforward Arizona lawman whose unorthodox methods of capturing an escaped murderer anger a tough NYC police lieutenant.
In this psychological thriller of love, betrayal and hidden passions, Clint Eastwood stars as a wounded soldier who finds shelter in an all-girls academy during the Civil War.
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Audio is still the original mono but it sounds clean and clear.
Some good extra's on the Play Misty For Me disc, incl. a Clint Eastwood interview and the others have trailers and production notes.
Can't beat the value for the price!
In "The Beguiled," Eastwood's John McBurney is more of a sexual character than Eastwood typically portrays. Geraldine Page plays the wary headmistress and Elizabeth Hartman is the teacher who falls in love with him. Director Don Siegel shifts the tone of the film to one of horror about midway through, incorporating a good deal of violence.
The three-disc set includes many bonus extras, including a featurette on the making of "Play Misty For Me," a photo montage, production notes, and a featurette in which Eastwood and director Don Siegel discuss their five-film collaboration.
The video quality alone is worth the price and not the lack of special features. Would one day like to hear some Eastwood commentary on Play Misty for Me, but that is a small thing compared to this great package!
Now Universal needs to go back and remaster the three western pack (they look good, but could be better).
If you love the Universal films Eastwood did in the late '60s and '70s, do yourself the favor and grab this set. It's hard to believe all these together are under ten bucks!
I reviewed each of the movies separately, so I see little need to go back over the reviews here since you can get my thoughts by going to any of the titles. My favorite was "Play Misty for Me. "My least favorite was "The Beguiled." "Coogan's Bluff would rank second and "The Eiger Sanction" third. I gave Misty five stars and the other three four. Any of the movies are excellent, it only a matter of individual taste in the ranking. The main benefit here is a package of very good movies at a bargain basement cost.
In Play Misty For Me, a smooth talking radio DJ woos and seduces an avid fan. When he shoots her down once is steady girlfriend enters the picture, his conquest turns homicidal and he learns that some hearts should never be broken. Though the film is heavily dated, it does serve as an early template for the shocker classic Fatal Attraction. Also I do believe that this was Eastwood's first job in the director's seat.
The Beguiled has Mr. Eastwood playing a wounded Civil War soldier who is taken in by a school of young girls and their sexually repressed head mistress. Once again, he turns on the charm and seduces several of the ladies until the tables are turned on him and he pays the ultimate price for his cowardice. This and Misty were two reasons I bought this collection and are the two strongest films in this set, in my opinion.
In Coogan's Bluff, Mr. Eastwood plays a lawman very similar to his iconic Dirty Harry persona. His ways of apprehending his targets violate every rule in the book and angers the city cop whom he is paired with. An ok movie but a little to Dirty Harry for me. One is enough.
And finally we have The Eiger Sanctum which is, by far, the worse. He plays some ex-spy lured out of retirement to avenge the death of a former comrad. I can't give a full review here since I couldn't get through this one's first twenty minutes let alone the entire run time. I just wasn't interested in it and soon grew bored.
Four movies. Cheap price. Terrific space saver for fans of Clint.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Clint Eastwood is our greatest actor and director and any of his movies are wonderful to watch. So many one-liners to remember like: "go ahead, punk. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Geoff Hallett
I normally love Clint Eastwood, that remains true in 3 of these movies. Play Misty For Me was a departure from his normal tried and true character types, very refreshing and... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Phoenix
Play Misty for Me is terrorizing, the original Fatal Attraction. I loved it. All the others are very good also. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Classic George
It's a collection of Eastwood flicks, could anything be wrong?Published 4 months ago by G. Davenport
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