Classic Clint Eastwood Moments

Posted on: 12 February 2009 by Gareth Hargreaves

To celebrate the release of Gran Torino, the latest offering from the movie giant Clint Eastwood, we’ve picked out some of most memorable ‘Classic Clint’ characters and quotes to remind you why Clint is one of the most revered in Hollywood.

Clint’s new film Gran Torino is released onto UK screens from the 25th February and to celebrate the new release we’ve delved into history to bring you some of the most memorable moments in his glittering film career.

Gran Torino follows the story of Walt Kowalski, an iron-willed and inflexible Korean War veteran living in a changing world.  Walt's the last echo of America’s “Great Generation,” forced to confront long-held prejudices when his immigrant neighbour tries to steal his prized 1972 Gran Torino.

Gran TorinoThe touching story explores emotion, understand and morals and is now Clint Eastwood’s most successful film in the US and has been a smash hit across the pond in American theatres.

To celebrate the release, we’ve picked out some of most memorable ‘Classic Clint’ characters and quotes to remind you of why this man is one of the most revered in Hollywood….the question is, are you young enough to remember them?!

The Man With No Name

Staring In: A Fistful Of Dollars, For A Few Dollars More, The Good, The Bad & The Ugly.

Mercenary. Anti-hero. These are but two of the words used to describe this iconic gunslinger that appeared in a trilogy of Westerns directed by Italian filmmaker Sergio Leone. 

Where he comes from is unknown, and where he’s going is unimportant, but in a life-or-death situation, you want him on your side. 

Harry Callahan

Staring In: Dirty Harry, Magnum Force, The Enforcer, Sudden Impact, The Dead Pool

An inspector with the San Francisco Police Department, Callahan’s take-no-prisoners attitude and handiness with his.44 Magnum have earned him the nickname of "Dirty Harry." 

Whether chasing down deviant serial killers or breaking a criminal crime ring, Callahan makes up for his lack of political correctness with hair-trigger instincts and an ironclad moral core.  

A man of few words who makes them all count.  Feeling lucky?  Go ahead, make his day.

Philo Beddoe

Staring In: Every Which Way But Loose, Any Which Way You Can

Philo Beddoe, a down-on-his-luck truck driver with a pet orangutan named Clyde, makes money on the side as a bare-knuckle fighter.

He has a series of comedic adventures while first trying to locate and then rescue a woman he met at a honky-tonk bar, finding himself in the crosshairs of everyone from a motorcycle gang to the Mob. 


Staring In: Pale Rider

Preacher is an enigmatic, mysterious stranger who helps a group of poor miners defend themselves and their livelihood from a greedy mining company owner and his gang of thugs.  But like a ghost, the Preacher is elusive to good and bad alike.

Sergeant Thomas Highway

Staring In: Heartbreak Ridge

Highway is a heavily decorated career soldier in the U.S. Marine Corps.  Faced with a dissolving marriage and impending forced retirement from the Marines, he is tasked with shaping up a ragtag group of soldiers using every tool at his disposal, whether officially sanctioned or not.

William Munny

Staring In: Unforgiven

A one-time killer and outlaw, William Munny is lured out of retirement by the promise of a big bounty that will help feed his two kids. But even as his legendary guts and dead-eyed aim return, Munny finds no joy in his old ways. 

From Harry Callahan in Dirty Harry to Walt Kowalski in Gran Torino, the indelible characters of Clint Eastwood have one thing in common: a blunt yet powerful way with words. 

Here is a selection of memorable quotes from some of the actor/director’s classic films.

  • “You see, in this world there’s two kinds of people, my friend: Those with loaded guns, and those who dig.  You dig.” – Man With No Name, The Good, The Bad & The Ugly (1966)
  • “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’ve kind of lost track myself.  But being as this is a 44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, and would blow your head clean off, you’ve got to ask yourself one question: ‘Do I feel lucky?’  Well … do ya, punk?” – Harry Callahan, Dirty Harry (1971)
  • “Nothing wrong with shooting as long as the right people get shot.” – Harry Callahan, Magnum Force (1973)
  • “A man’s gotta know his limitations.” – Harry Callahan, Magnum Force (1973)
  • “Somebody left the door open and the wrong dogs came home.” – The Stranger, High Plains Drifter (1973)
  • “Go ahead, make my day.” – Harry Callahan, Sudden Impact (1983)

Gran Torino opens on the 25th February – for more information please visit the official site here;


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