This article needs additional citations for verification. (May 2018) (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
|Website||Malpaso Productions on IMDb|
Malpaso Productions is Clint Eastwood's production company. It was established in 1967 as The Malpaso Company by Eastwood's financial adviser Irving Leonard for the film Hang 'Em High, using profits from the Dollars Trilogy. Leonard served as President of the Malpaso Company until his death on December 13, 1969.
The name is derived from Malpaso Creek (Spanish for "bad step", or "misstep"), located south of Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. Eastwood had received U.S. Army basic training at nearby Fort Ord, where he remained as a lifeguard until discharged in 1953. On December 24, 1967, Eastwood bought five parcels totaling 283 acres (115 ha) of land along Malpaso Creek from Charles Sawyer. He later added more land until he owned 650 acres (260 ha). The land bordered the south bank of Malpaso Creek from the eastern side of Highway 1 to the coastal ridge. He sold it to Monterey County in 1995 for $3.08 million. Near the coast, a trail and later a road ran from Carmel to Big Sur during the 1800s. The creek has very steep side slopes and there was only one crossing (a ford only 10 feet (3.0 m) above sea level) until the Malpaso Creek Bridge was built in 1935 as part of Highway 1.
When Eastwood agreed to take the role of The Man with No Name in A Fistful of Dollars in 1964, his agent told him that it would be a "bad step" for his career. The Dollars Trilogy were surprisingly successful. After filming Where Eagles Dare in 1968 and the musical Paint Your Wagon, Eastwood grew irritated about the money he considered wasted during these big productions. He wanted more creative control over his films and decided to form his own production company. He thought the choice of "Malpaso" was an appropriate choice.
Irving Leonard, Eastwood's financial adviser, organized the company for Eastwood following the success of and using the earnings from the Dollars Trilogy. The first feature they produced was the 1968 film Hang 'Em High. Leonard served as President of the Malpaso Company and associate producer of Eastwood's films from Hang 'Em High until his death in 1969.
Few film production companies such as Malpaso Productions have been involved with one studio for releasing its motion pictures. Warner Bros. Pictures has served as the distributor of many of Clint Eastwood's produced, directed and starred films, a relationship that has lasted for nearly half a century and resulted in more than 40 features.
|1968||Hang 'Em High||Ted Post||United Artists||The Malpaso Company||co-production with Leonard Freeman Productions; first film|
|Coogan's Bluff||Don Siegel||Universal Pictures|
|1969||Paint Your Wagon||Joshua Logan||Paramount Pictures||top production billing went to Alan Jay Lerner Productions|
|1970||Two Mules for Sister Sara||Don Siegel||Universal Pictures||The Malpaso Company||co-production with Sanen Productions|
|1971||The Beguiled||co-production with Jennings Lang Productions|
|Play Misty for Me||Clint Eastwood|
|Dirty Harry||Don Siegel||Warner Bros. Pictures|
|1972||Joe Kidd||John Sturges||Universal Pictures|
|1973||High Plains Drifter||Clint Eastwood|
|Magnum Force||Ted Post||Warner Bros. Pictures|
|1974||Thunderbolt and Lightfoot||Michael Cimino||United Artists|
|1975||The Eiger Sanction||Clint Eastwood||Universal Pictures||co-production with Zanuck/Brown Productions|
|1976||The Outlaw Josey Wales||Warner Bros. Pictures|
|The Enforcer||Robert Daley|
|1977||The Gauntlet||Clint Eastwood|
|1978||Every Which Way But Loose||James Fargo|
|1979||Escape from Alcatraz||Don Siegel||Paramount Pictures|
|1980||Any Which Way You Can||Buddy Van Horn||Warner Bros. Pictures||The Malpaso Company|
|1984||Tightrope||Richard Tuggle||uncredited scenes directed by Clint Eastwood|
|City Heat||Richard Benjamin|
|1985||Pale Rider||Clint Eastwood|
|1988||The Dead Pool||Buddy Van Horn||Malpaso Productions|
|Bird||Clint Eastwood||The Malpaso Company|
|Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser||Charlotte Zwerin||Malpaso Productions|
|1989||Pink Cadillac||Buddy Van Horn|
|1990||White Hunter, Black Heart||Clint Eastwood||Warner Bros. Pictures||Malpaso Productions|
|1993||A Perfect World||co-production with Mark Johnson Productions|
|1995||The Bridges of Madison County||co-production with Amblin Entertainment|
|The Stars Fell on Henrietta||James Keach|
|1997||Absolute Power||Clint Eastwood||Sony Pictures Releasing||co-production with Columbia Pictures and Castle Rock Entertainment|
|Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil||Warner Bros. Pictures||co-production with Silver Pictures|
|1999||True Crime||co-production with The Zanuck Company|
|2000||Space Cowboys||Clint Eastwood||Warner Bros. Pictures||Malpaso Productions||co-production with Mad Chance Productions, Village Roadshow Pictures and Clipsal Films|
|2003||Mystic River||co-production with Village Roadshow Pictures and NPV Entertainment|
|2004||Million Dollar Baby||co-production with Lakeshore Entertainment|
|2006||Flags of Our Fathers||Paramount Pictures/Warner Bros. Pictures||co-production with DreamWorks Pictures and Amblin Entertainment|
|Letters from Iwo Jima||Warner Bros. Pictures||co-production with DreamWorks Pictures and Amblin Entertainment|
|2007||Rails & Ties||Alison Eastwood|
|2008||Changeling||Clint Eastwood||Universal Pictures||co-production with Relativity Media and Imagine Entertainment|
|Gran Torino||Warner Bros. Pictures||co-production with Village Roadshow Pictures|
|2009||Invictus||co-production with Spyglass Entertainment|
|2010||Hereafter||Clint Eastwood||Warner Bros. Pictures||Malpaso Productions||co-production with Amblin Entertainment and The Kennedy/Marshall Company|
|2011||J. Edgar||co-production with Imagine Entertainment and Wintergreen Productions|
|2012||Trouble with the Curve||Robert Lorenz|
|2014||Jersey Boys||Clint Eastwood||co-production with RatPac-Dune Entertainment and GK Films|
|American Sniper||co-production with Village Roadshow Pictures, RatPac-Dune Entertainment, Mad Chance Productions and 22nd & Indiana Pictures|
|2016||Sully||co-production with Village Roadshow Pictures, RatPac-Dune Entertainment, Flashlight Films, The Kennedy/Marshall Company and Orange Corp|
|2018||The 15:17 to Paris||co-production with Village Roadshow Pictures and Access Entertainment|
|The Mule||co-production with Imperative Entertainment and Bron Creative|
|2019||Richard Jewell||co-production with Appian Way Productions, Misher Films and 75 Year Plan Productions|
- "Clint Eastwood". Variety.
- "Military People". www.militaryhub.com. Retrieved 1 June 2018.
- "Mutual Water Company Subscription Agreement - Victorine Ranch Mutual Water Company" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 23 December 2016. Retrieved 1 June 2018.
- Pitnick, Richard (January 29, 1998). "Eastwood's Odello donation helped the movie mogul and the county". Retrieved October 25, 2016.
- "Rancho Cañada Village" (PDF). Carmel Pine Cone. Retrieved December 7, 2016.
- "Clint Eastwood". The Biography Channel. Archived from the original on February 16, 2009. Retrieved June 11, 2008.
- McGilligan, Patrick (1999). Clint: The Life and Legend. London: Harper Collins. p. 162. ISBN 0-00-638354-8.
- Smith, Paul (1 January 1993). Clint Eastwood. Taylor & Francis. p. 50. ISBN 978-1-85728-158-3. Retrieved 13 January 2011.
- American Film Institute (1997). The American Film Institute Catalog of Motion Pictures Produced in the United States: Feature Films, 1961-1970. University of California Press. pp. 450–. ISBN 978-0-520-20970-1. Retrieved 13 January 2011.
- Edward Buscombe (1999). The Oxford History of World Cinema. Oxford University Press. pp. 472–473.
- "Happy Birthday Clint Eastwood". Retrieved June 2, 2020.