THUNDERBOLT AND LIGHTFOOT
1974, Park Circus/MGM, 114 min, USA, Dir: Michael Cimino

Writer-director Michael Cimino’s first film is a terrific, offbeat heist film and modern-day Western, with pro thief Clint Eastwood trying to elude murderous ex-partners George Kennedy and Geoffrey Lewis with aid from gentle-souled drifter Jeff Bridges. THUNDERBOLT constantly surprises with ingenious plot twists, character-driven humor and a wistful sweetness that is all too rare in most action films.


THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY
(IL BUONO, IL BRUTTO, IL CATTIVO)
1966, Park Circus/MGM, 161 min, Italy, Spain, West Germany, Dir: Sergio Leone

From the opening whistle-and-whipcrack theme to the final images of a vast cemetery stretching almost to infinity, THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY is surely one of the bloodiest, funniest and most wickedly entertaining portraits of human corruption ever made. Leone’s surreal masterpiece of the American West during the last days of the Civil War follows a trio of equally violent and unrepentant gunslingers (Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach and Lee Van Cleef) who engage in a jaw-dropping series of double and triple crosses to get their hands on a fortune in stolen Confederate gold.


DIRTY HARRY
1971, Warner Bros., 102 min, Dir: Don Siegel

Director Don Siegel turns ’60s hippie mecca San Francisco into an unforgettable ’70s war zone of bank robbers and psycho-killers, governed only by the long gun of the law - in the form of Magnum-toting Clint Eastwood.


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