Dirty Harry (1971)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –
1) The character of Dirty Harry played by Eastwood still stands out even after multiple copies of this character over the years.
2) Andy Robinson as “Scorpio” – cold-blooded psychopath killer. His insanity can be summed up in one of the scenes where he pays $200 to got himself beaten black and blue to make his court case strong against Callahan.
3) The Stadium scene – the camera zooming out while Harry is standing on Scorpio’s wounded leg.Cult scene.
4) Climactic monologue with .44 Magnum.

 

Cons –
1) Reni Santoni as Inspector Gonzalez – this weak character doesn’t add anything to the plot.

Quote –
Harry Callahan: Uh-uh. I know what you’re thinking. “Did he fire six shots or only five?” Well to tell you the truth in all this excitement I kinda lost track myself. But being this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world and would blow your head clean off, you’ve gotta ask yourself one question: “Do I feel lucky?” Well, do ya, punk?

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The Beguiled (1971)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

 

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –

1) An erotic civil war thriller exposing dark sides of the human character.The final scene where everyone is in a denial mode is bone-chilling.
2) The gory leg amputation scene – unwatchable!
3) Geraldine Page as Martha Farnsworth – almost Nurse Ratched

 

Cons –

N/A

 

Quote –

Cpl. John McBurney: You wanted to be so much the God damn lady. The virgin bitch. Get out of here. Get out of here!

The Shootist (1976)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

 

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –

 

1) A befitting movie to celebrate the end of John Wayne’s illustrious career. His parting shot.
2) James Stewart’s extended cameo – The screen presence of these 2 stalwarts is huge
3) The story of dying West along with it’s greatest legend.

 

 

Cons –

 

1) Missing scene – Gillom dealing the horse with Moses
2) No character development of 3 antagonist

 

 

Quote –

 

 

JB Books: I’m a dying man, scared of the dark.

Coogan’s Bluff (1968)

STORY – 0
DIRECTOR – 0
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Birth of the stock-character. Copy book womanizer macho man.
2) 60’s counter-culture backdrop.
3) Tisha Sterling as Linny

 
Cons –

 

1) No action sequence worth remembering.
2) Petty antagonist

 
Quote –

 
Taxi driver: That’s $2.95, including the luggage.
Coogan: Tell me, how may stores are there named Bloomingdales in this town?
Taxi driver: One, why?
Coogan: We passed it twice.
Taxi driver: It’s still $2.95, including the luggage.
Coogan: Yeah, well there’s $3.00, including the tip.

Escape from Alcatraz (1979)

STORY – 0
DIRECTOR – 0
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –

1) Text-book prison-escape movie
2) A huge inspiration to ” Shawshank”
3) Larry Hankin as Charley Butts / Patrick McGoohan as the Warden
4) Roberts Blossom as “Doc” : best character from the film

 

Cons –

1) Ordinary story & Ordinary execution
2) Token black inmate / Evil warden / eccentric prison with a pet
3) More like a documentary

 

 

Quote –

“Doc: But, painting’s all I have!”

Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970)

Two Mules for Sister Sara

STORY – 0
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 0

 

Verdict –3 /5

 

Pros – Shirley MacLaine; Funny Side of Clint Eastwood
Cons – n/a

 

Quote –

 

Sara: Don’t you want a woman of your own?
Hogan: What for?
Sara: To share your name, bear your children, be a companion.
Hogan: To ask me to quit drinking, quit gambling and save my money? And to bitch about her aches and pains all day? No thanks!