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Monday, February 28, 2011

TRAILER - Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974)

The first time I saw Clint Eastwood it was in The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly and I walked away impressed with not only the film, but also the huge presence Eastwood had. The second film I saw of Eastwood's was Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, perhaps one the most underrated films in Eastwood's filmography. This film is top to bottom tough and the chemistry between Jeff Bridges and Clint is just good enough to be dangerous.

Eastwood originally wanted to direct this film but the helm was eventually taken by Michael Cimino (who also wrote the film and would later move on to direct The Deer Hunter and Heavens Gate). In the end, I am not sure Eastwood would have done much different than if he had directed. He may have punched up some of the action which moves at a slower clip that now feels familiar knowing Cimino's style, but the pacing would have been the same. Buckle up with Blondie and The Dude, it's bank robbing time!

Thunderbolt... the man with the reputation. Lightfoot... the kid who's about to make one!

See you on forty deuce,