Our tribute to director Michael Cimino concludes with two action-packed early efforts starring Clint Eastwood. Introduction by F.X. Feeney.
THUNDERBOLT AND LIGHTFOOT, 1974, Park Circus/MGM, 114 min. Writer-director Michael Ciminos 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.
MAGNUM FORCE, 1973, Warner Bros., 124 min. Dir. Ted Post. In what may be the best of the high-caliber franchise, Clint Eastwood returns as Dirty Harry Callahan, a San Francisco cop who carries an imposing .44 magnum. This time hes on the trail of traffic cops (including David Soul, Tim Matheson and Robert Urich) turned vigilantes. John Milius and Michael Cimino penned the taut script.