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(1973)

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When William Holden and Kay Lenz stroll along the beach boardwalk, a person they are passing who leans over the balustrade is director Clint Eastwood.
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This Clint Eastwood directed movie is, according to the DVD sleeve notes, "personally remembered as one of his favorite films".
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From 1973 to 1988, this picture was known as the only Clint Eastwood movie in which he did not also star.
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According to the book "Clint: A Retrospective" (2012) by Richard Schickel, Clint Eastwood liked the idea of working with William Holden. Schickel states that the film "confounded expectations and alienated many of Eastwood's fans".
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One of two early 1970s movies directed by Clint Eastwood which involved story-lines with provocative sexuality. This film featured a relationship between a seasoned man and a very young woman whilst Play Misty for Me (1971) featured a one night stand that escalated into violence.
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This is one of three Clint Eastwood films first released in 1973. The other films were Magnum Force (1973) and High Plains Drifter (1973).
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Unusual filming sites in Hollywood were location recced and scouted for this picture.
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After this movie, Clint Eastwood would not direct another picture without also appearing in it until Bird (1988), a gap of fifteen years.
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Actress Kay Lenz was cast in the film after producer Robert Daley and director Clint Eastwood saw Lenz in the television Movie of the Week The Weekend Nun (1972).
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The location setting of flower-child Breezy (Kay Lenz)'s hippie commune was Laurel Canyon. According to Danny Peary's book "Guide for the Film Fanatic" (1987), Clint Eastwood actually liked the counterculture character figure of 'Breezy'.
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Danny Peary in his book "Guide for the Film Fanatic" (1987) states "not many people paid attention to the film upon release" whilst Richard Schickel in his book "Clint: A Retrospective" (2012) states that the film in theaters "came and went virtually without notice".
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Actresses Deborah Winters, Lauren Hutton, Cybill Shepherd, Tuesday Weld and Jo Ann Harris, the latter of whom had been dating Clint Eastwood since 1970, all were all considered for the lead female role of "Breezy", which was in the end cast with Kay Lenz.
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First love story directed by Clint Eastwood. Eastwood would return to the romance genre twenty-two years later for The Bridges of Madison County (1995) where this time Eastwood would also not only direct, but appear in the romantic movie alongside Meryl Streep.
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Actor William Holden was cast in this picture having formerly been a leading man in such Hollywood romance movies of the 1950s as Sabrina (1954), The Moon Is Blue (1953) and Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing (1955). Publicity for Breezy (1973) stated that the film continued the "Holden Romantic Tradition".
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Notable Hollywood locations in California featured in the film included Laurel Canyon, Lookout Mountain, Nichols Canyon, Kirkwood Avenue, Topanga Canyon and the Pacific Coast Highway.
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First film directed by Clint Eastwood in which he is also not an actor in it.
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When Frank and Breezy go on their movie date, the film they attend is Clint Eastwood's previous picture High Plains Drifter (1973). Eastwood's image is on the poster for the western which can be seen outside the theater. Eastwood can also be seen in the film briefly at a marina.
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Publicity for this picture, a romantic movie, stated that the film was a "now romance".
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After The Revengers (1972), this was the second and final film that Scott Holden made with his father William Holden.
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Clint Eastwood had the scare of his life when his wife Maggie unexpectedly showed up to the set and met his longtime mistress Roxanne Tunis. A crew member calmly introduced the two women while Clint ran and hid.
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The actual real full name of "Breezy" (Kay Lenz) was Edith Alice Breezerman.
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First major starring role in a motion picture for actress Kay Lenz.
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Second and final Clint Eastwood films written by Jo Heims as a credited screenwriter. The first had been Play Misty for Me (1971). Heims also apparently co-wrote uncredited on Dirty Harry (1971). Heims was also billed as an associate producer on Breezy (1973).
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During the first half of 1972, Sondra Locke went over to Universal on the recommendation of screenwriter Jo Heims and met Clint Eastwood for the first time. She didn't actually audition for the part of Breezy. They just chatted and the meeting seemed to have no impact on Clint. Born in 1944, Locke was much too old for a character that needed to be as youthful as possible to emphasize the May-September disparity. She of course was disappointed not to get the role. Three years later, Locke's agent called her and said Eastwood wanted to know if she'd come in for a meeting on The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976). The rest, as they say, is history.
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Third feature film directed by Clint Eastwood.
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The picture was filmed entirely in, near and around Hollywood.
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Fifth of fifteen collaborations of producer Robert Daley and director Clint Eastwood.
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Breakthrough film role of actress Kay Lenz.
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The movie was filmed during November and December 1972.
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The name of the dog, a German wire-haired pointer, was Sir Love-A-Lot. The pet was portrayed by a canine named "Earle".
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The film was not theatrically released until November 1973 which was eleven months after principal photography had wrapped in December 1972.
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Actress Kay Lenz was nineteen years-old when she appeared in this movie whilst actor William Holden was fifty-four years-old. The characters they played were stated as being about nineteen and fifty years-old respectively. As such, the age difference between the characters was thirty-one years but the real age difference between the actors at the time was thirty-five years.
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Playing Breezy, actress Kay Lenz is frequently seen in the film topless.
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The film's title "Breezy" refers to the nickname of the title character played by Kay Lenz.
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The production shoot for this picture ran for five weeks.
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The scene when Breezy asks Frankie if she can use the shower, Frankie enters, behind him you'll see a light bulb is out in the vanity mirror.
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Star Billing: William Holden was top billed first, Kay Lenz received second billing.
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Kay Lenz's father was a San Francisco disc jockey. Director Clint Eastwood had recently portrayed a DJ in Play Misty for Me (1971) only a couple of years earlier.
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Many of the production crew were selected from personnel who had worked with Clint Eastwood before.
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According to the DVD sleeve notes, the film "... shot the same year as [Clint Eastwood's] High Plains Drifter (1973)".
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Director Cameo 

Clint Eastwood: Uncredited, as a man wearing a white jacket leaning on a pier at a marina.
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