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Undeniably the best film Eastwood ever appeared in.


One could make an objective case for TARANTULA, but for films in which Eastwood was top billing or in the top four names, this is clearly his classic film, his best film.

It is too much Ox Bow, Bravados, Southern Comfort, Jungle Fighters for the dorks, of course, straying from revenge into a three dimensional story that shows revenge for what it is.

Amazing that this had the biggest all star cast of any film Eastwood ever appeared in, too. Big names up and down the line up.

It's the characters that make the film, however, characters much more credible than any we see in the ignorant excuses we saw with Leone Westerns. Leone almost single handedly destroyed the Western by trying to fix what wasn't broke, and it took decades for some directors to figure it out, though few will ever admit it.

This film could work just as well on stage, it is that good. Obviously, none of Leone's could. They would look like the goofy stories they are.

A very satisfying and professional film, with credible characters in incredible circumstances.



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I agree. I thought it was definitely Eastwood's best.

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I have to disagree. The Leone flims were his best.

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"Undeniably the best film Eastwood ever appeared in."
The Outlaw Josey Wales is better on every level.



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Have any of you guys watched Unforgiven?? That was, undeniably Eastwoods best movie EVER. This one was good, but not his best film, much less his best western. Pale Rider was better, and The Outlaw Josey Wales was OUTSTANDING.

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The Outlaw Josey Wales & Hang 'em High are both brilliant in their own right. Both belong in everyone's DVD collection.

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I enjoyed this one repeatedly but High Plains drifter was his best..

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My two faves are Hang 'Em High and High Plains Drifter... whether or not they're the best is irrelevant.. they're still my favorites :-)

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Not sure if serious?

You'd have to start with the Sergio Leone "Man with No Name" trilogy. Then the Dirty Harry Films. High Plains Drifter. Outlaw Josey Wales, Pale Rider, Unforgiven. Heartbreak Ridge. White Hunter, Black Heart. Gran Torino.

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Eastwood was in so many good movies...hard to pick just one!

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