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The Eastwood Factor -- Emmy Award-nominee Richard Schickel uses his personal relationship with Eastwood to explore Eastwood’s personal drive and passion for film. A “must-see” for Eastwood lovers, fans of Warner Bros., and film historians alike!


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Release Date:
16 February 2010 (USA) See more »
Documentary narrated by Morgan Freeman with Clint Eastwood commenting on his film career as an actor... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Totally unremarkable view of the man and his movies...he's got to be more complex than this... See more (5 total) »


  (in credits order)

Morgan Freeman ... Narrator (voice)

Clint Eastwood ... Himself
Deborah Hopper ... Herself

Directed by
Richard Schickel 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Richard Schickel  written by

Produced by
Douglas Freeman .... co-producer
Faith Ginsberg .... associate producer
Richard Schickel .... producer
Cinematography by
Jake Zortman 
Film Editing by
Faith Ginsberg 
Production Management
Jeffrey Baker .... executive in charge of production
Kassi Crews .... post-production supervisor
Art Department
Amanda Streit .... graphic designer (as Amanda Streit Simon)
Sound Department
Glenn Bates .... additional sound recordist
Jessica Gaston .... sound editorial
Mark Linden .... sound re-recording mixer
Tara A. Paul .... sound editorial (as Tara Paul)
Bob Schuck .... sound recordist
Harry E. Snodgrass .... sound editorial (as Harry Snodgrass)
Camera and Electrical Department
Kris Denton .... additional photography
Liz Radley .... camera operator
Ken Reichel .... videotape operator
Lawrence Roeck .... camera operator
Editorial Department
Lindsay Ljungkull .... assistant editor
Scott S. Parker .... colorist
Scott S. Parker .... on-line editor
Michael Van Buren .... assistant editor

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Additional Details

Japan:90 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »

Did You Know?

Included in Warner Home Video's 2010 multidisc set "Clint Eastwood: 35 Films, 35 Years at Warner Bros.".See more »
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4 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Totally unremarkable view of the man and his movies...he's got to be more complex than this..., 1 June 2010
Author: Neil Doyle from U.S.A.

And who's to blame for this? Why, CLINT EASTWOOD himself. And the script.

He comes across as a man who strains to be vaguely articulate, one who's had enormous success at the box office with a string of violent films for decades now but has little to say about them except that he makes the kind of film he likes to watch. A simple philosophy. It's like a writer saying he writes the kind of stuff he himself would like to read. Okay. But that's the only perspective we get.

Clint's off screen persona is strikingly similar to that of the equally soft-spoken and elusive Henry Fonda. He's a mild-mannered man who looks today as harmless as the guy behind the counter at the local pharmacy, totally unlike the sort of action-oriented figures he plays on the screen with such authority and presence. It's as though all those action years have sucked the energy right out of him.

Fortunately, he grew up watching a lot of the old James Cagney/Humphrey Bogart films at Warner Brothrs, a studio where he himself has spent a lot of time over the past few decades churning out one macho action flick after another with little pause between. Occasionally he delved into deeper stuff with films like MILLION DOLLAR BABY, but his fans are really loyal because he gives them the kind of mindless action features they can all fantasize about. Good guys bring the bad guys down.

But don't expect anything deep from either Richard Schickel's script or Morgan Freeman's narration if you want insight into what makes the man tick. No mention of his turbulent personal life except that he lives in Carmel, California and likes to walk along the sand and beach-front areas in casual attire while pondering how much violence he can wreck in his next film to ensure it hits box office gold.

A simple-minded narration for a man whose life has got to be further explored to really give anyone a fair assessment of him, both as a filmmaker and a man. He's got to be more complex than he's presented here. The documentary is only remotely interesting when it concentrates on highlights from some of his most famous films. Even here, it fails to select the most impressive clips.

Summing up: An unremarkable view of a remarkable man.

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