Why It’s The Best:
A second Best Supporting Actor nod from the Academy greeted this sublime crime saga, which pitted Bridges against the towering superstardom of Clint Eastwood.
Lightfoot is a young car-stealing vagabond who stumbles into an assassination attempt on the life of a minister, who’s really a bank robber known as Thunderbolt (Eastwood). Clint himself revealed he felt upstaged by his young co-star.
Dust and bullets fill the air as Lightfoot gets caught up in a
humdinger of a car chase
] was wonderful. That was [
] Michael Cimino’s first film. And of course Michael is famous for many, many takes. Clint, you know, he likes one or two takes.
“And Cimino, you know, was doing what the boss wanted him to do. We were doing two or three takes at the most. I was the one who would always say, ‘Oh, Mike, I got an idea!’ and he would say, ‘Well, I have to talk to the boss’.
"Clint would always say, ‘Give the kid another shot’. I always appreciated that.”