Last week It was Clint Eastwood’s 86th birthday, so could we exempt ourselves from wishing him a great birthday in our special way? No We could not. So here is the list of seven of the greatest lines by Mr Clint Eastwood. Happy Birthday.
“Get three coffins ready […] my mistake 4 coffins”
A Fistful of Dollars (1964) Directed by Sergio Leone
The legendary man with no name of the Dollars trilogy played by Clint Eastwood is based on Akira Kurosawa’s Samurai with no master played by Toshiro Mifune. A gruff, quiet and eccentric hero finding his way in the old wild west, amongst nerve-wracking duels, grinning ruthless bandits and a lot of dollars and bullets.
“You got to ask yourself one question – do I feel lucky? – Well do ya punk?”
Dirty Harry (1971) Directed by Don Siegel
Here is our guest of honour playing one of his most iconic role: Harold Francis “Dirty Harry” Callahan, the ruthless police officer starring of the cult series of the same name. The antihero living on the edge between law and justice, who doesn’t hesitate to cross It when needed.
“Any man don’t want to get killed, better clear on out the back.”
Unforgiven (1992) Directed by Clint Eastwood
This time Clint Eastwood directs, wins Oscars and plays protagonist Bill Munny, retired gunfighter once known as coldblooded murderer, now widower and not too lucky farmer. A violent and raw story of redemption and last battles to win, with no real heroes but just men.
“Ever notice how you come across somebody once in a while you shouldn’t have messed with? That’s me.”
Gran Torino (2008) Directed by Clint Eastwood
Once again Mr. Eastwood directs and plays protagonist Walt Kowalski, an old grumpy veteran dealing with his preconceptions helping a young boy to build a future far from gangs. Not the kind of gentle and wise life master but an hotblooded, trigger-happy who can also show trace of humanity once in a while and in his own kind of way.
“You don’t question me and I’m gonna try to forget the fact that you’re a girl”
Million Dollar Baby (2004) Directed by Clint Eastwood
The old Frankie Dunn doesn’t train girls. He says. But when He meets the indomitable spirit of Maggie He tries to forget that in order to take her up to the top of boxing olympus. A journey of a man with a painful past and a girl who was raised fighting and born for it. Another three Oscars to be put in the cupboard for Clint Eastwood.
“I eat concertina wire and piss napalm and I can put a round in a flea’s ass at 200 meters”
Heartbreak Ridge (1986) Directed by Clint Eastwood
Problems with your reconnaissance platoon? Insubordination? Nothing better than Gunnery Sergeant Tom Highway! He doesn’t want to hear your young gobbledygook, He just want to see you sweat and turn you into a death machine. Or his way or the Highway (no pun intended).
“In this world there are two kinds of people my friend, those with loaded guns and those who dig. You dig”
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (1966) Directed by Sergio Leone
You already know the guy, the man with no name, in the last chapter of the dollars trilogy. This line is something young filmmakers can definitely learn from. Is your gun loaded? Are you ready to shoot? If the answer is “no”, than you should either buy bullets or a shovel. What does suits you better?
* little curiosity: in the original English trailer there is a mistake as Eli Wallach is called “the bad” and Lee Van Cleef “the ugly”, but It’s the other way around.