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3 GOOD MOVIES AND THE EIGER SANCTION,
This review is from: Clint Eastwood American Icon Collection (Play Misty for Me / The Eiger Sanction / Coogan's Bluff / The Beguiled) (DVD)
I stumbled across this collection at Wal-Mart and snatched it up. I figured for $12.00, it was a low-risk purchase.
Turns out, it was a great deal. Each of these movies has been remastered and looks/sounds great. "Misty" was the first film Eastwood directed, but even back then the man clearly had talent. "Misty" is, in fact, a very good suspense film, with plenty of clever touches and intelligent subtext to match. (Note at the beginning of the film, Eastwood's character is outside his former girlfriend's house looking through the window. Here HE is the stalker.) The only flaw in the film is a rather amateurish soundtrack. Eastwood had a limited budget, and the composer he hired had never scored a film before. Also, there's an extended romantic scene between Eastwood and Donna Mills that frankly seems to belong in a different film.
The "Beguiled" is definitely one of director Don Siegel's most ambitious, artful films, and it's entertaining seeing Eastwood play a character who's a lot more complictated than, say, Dirty Harry.
"Coogen's Bluff," was also helmed by Siegel. The story is fairly entertaining, but the real fun is seeing an Eastwood character making his way through a New York City setting. As far as I know, this is the only film where that takes place.
As for the "Eiger Sanction," the less said the better. The script is incredibly stupid, which goes to show Eastwood is a good director only as long as he has a decent script. It's hard to believe how he gave a pass to some of the lines the characters in this film utter.
Along with the movies is a good documentary about "Misty" with interviews by the participlants thirty years later, and a second documentary about the films Siegel and Eastwood made together.