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White Hunter Black Heart (1990)

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Damn great underrated Clint Eastwood flick.

Surly Clint portraying John Huston during the pre-production of The African Queen is a sight to see. From the trip out on the boat that would be in the movie, to his great speech to the rude woman during the dinner, this flick is full of great scenes. Definitely one of his best efforts as director/star.
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I love his speech to the woman at dinner. You can tell he's having fun.

The results were often mixed, but I loved 1980-1990 Eastwood just for the variety. He went from action to action comedy to spy thriller to western to period drama to Pink Cadillac.
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Good stuff from Jeff Fahey playing straight man to Clint.

That "Goddamndest" speech is terrific. Norm Macdonald did an amusing riff on that as Eastwood on one of SNL's "Inside the Actor's Studio" sketches.
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Originally Posted by Rene (Mr.Eko) View Post
Damn great underrated Clint Eastwood flick.

Surly Clint portraying John Huston during the pre-production of The African Queen is a sight to see. From the trip out on the boat that would be in the movie, to his great speech to the rude woman during the dinner, this flick is full of great scenes. Definitely one of his best efforts as director/star.
I totally agree with you.

It's underrated, underseen, and fucking wipes its ass with the recent Eastwood efforts* that've been awarded by the critics i.e. MYSTIC RIVER or MILLION DOLLAR BABY.

My favorite scene in HUNTER though was when Eastwood verbally bitchslaps that guy at dinner who trashes on Hollywood. Such a great monologue about H-Town, and its so right.

*=But I thought LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA was pretty great. Didn't care much at all for FLAGS.
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I never had any desire to see this for a long time, but I caught it on cable a few years ago. It's a damn good movie, and I pretty much agree with everything that's already been said. If it had received more visibility at the time, Fahey would have emerged as a rising star from it.
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Love.

Eastwood plays against type a bit, but then again is very much in his element, Having seen this many years after seeing his more iconic roles, I think it's just another piece of evidence of how great an actor the guy really can be. The aforementioned diner scene is indeed one of the all-time greatest "Clint moments".
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Love.

Eastwood plays against type a bit, but then again is very much in his element, Having seen this many years after seeing his more iconic roles, I think it's just another piece of evidence of how great an actor the guy really can be. The aforementioned diner scene is indeed one of the all-time greatest "Clint moments".
What impressed me with Clint on HUNTER was how while the role at times to continue Clint's persona of the badass who's an asshole to do what's gotta be done..........really, with HUNTER, he's just an asshole trying to be a badass.

Sure him verbally slamming that anti-semitic woman was cool, and standing up for those Africans was brave, but otherwise the guy was trying to be something he wasn't.

And I dig Eastwood for not only going for such a role, but for performing it so well.
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