“Go ahead, make my day.”
Clint Eastwood (1930-) is known for a variety of accomplishments in film and television, both as an actor (Rowdy Yates, The Man With No Name, Detective Harry Callahan, Josey Wales, Philo Beddoe) and as a producer/director (Unforgiven, Mystic River, Million Dollar Baby, Gran Torino). He has served in the U.S. Army, composed music, been elected mayor, starred in a Chrysler commercial and recently saved a man from choking.
His film work spans most genres: comedy (Every Which Way But Loose, Any Which Way You Can), drama (Play Misty For Me), western (Hang ‘Em High, Pale Rider), action (Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, Escape from Alcatraz), romance (Bridges of Madison County), historical (Bird), mystery (Blood Work) and war (Where Eagles Dare, Letters from Iwo Jima).
Over the years, Clint Eastwood has achieved an extraordinary level of independence as a filmmaker. Only John Wayne comes to mind as another Tough Guy who for decades was able to chart his own successful course through the movie business. Arguably, Eastwood’s range, quality and quantity of work in maturity surpasses that of Wayne.
The “Go ahead, make my day” line is from Sudden Impact (1983). Eastwood, as Detective “Dirty Harry” Callahan, delivers it confronting an armed robber who ruined Harry’s morning cup of coffee.