1985, Warner Bros., 115 min, USA, Dir: Clint Eastwood

Clint Eastwood produced, directed and starred in this taut Western, one of the most successful of the 1980s. A group of California prospectors are harassed by a powerful mine owner until a mysterious stranger known only as “Preacher” (Eastwood) rides into town to help defend them. With evocative cinematography by Bruce Surtees and solid supporting performances from Michael Moriarty, Carrie Snodgress and Chris Penn.

1975, Warner Bros., 95 min, USA, Dir: Arthur Penn

Gene Hackman plays an ex-football-star-turned-private eye whose life unravels when he finds his wife (Susan Clark) has been unfaithful. Adding to Hackman’s midlife crisis, his job finding a missing teenager (a young Melanie Griffith) goes abruptly sour in a nightmarish labyrinth of betrayals and sudden death, crafted by screenwriter Alan Sharp. With Jennifer Warren.

1972, Universal, 88 min, USA, Dir: Clint Eastwood

Clint Eastwood stars in this late Western by old master John Sturges (THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN), who brings his usual muscular style to the staging of some classic action sequences. Robert Duvall plays a wealthy land baron who hires bounty hunter Eastwood to track down a Mexican leader (John Saxon) fighting for reform. What seems like a simple job quickly becomes complicated for Eastwood as his allegiance starts to shift. Eastwood favorite Bruce Surtees brings his usual evocative touch to the imagery, while ace screenwriter Elmore Leonard provides the words.

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