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Malpaso Productions, originally known as The Malpaso Company, is Clint Eastwood's production company. It was established in 1967 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 movies and decided to form his own production company. He thought the choice of "Malpaso" was an appropriately ironic 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 1967 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.
The Malpaso Company
- Hang 'Em High (1968)
- Coogan's Bluff (1968)
- Paint Your Wagon (Top Production Billing went to Alan Jay Lerner Productions) (1969)
- Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970)
- The Beguiled (1971)
- Play Misty for Me (1971)
- Dirty Harry (1971)
- Joe Kidd (1972)
- High Plains Drifter (1973)
- Breezy (1973)
- Magnum Force (1973)
- Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974)
- The Eiger Sanction (1975)
- The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)
- The Enforcer (1976)
- The Gauntlet (1977)
- Every Which Way but Loose (1978)
- Escape from Alcatraz (1979)
- Any Which Way You Can (1980)
- Firefox (1982)
- Honkytonk Man (1982)
- Sudden Impact (1983)
- Tightrope (1984)
- City Heat (1984)
- Pale Rider (1985)
- Heartbreak Ridge (1986)
- Ratboy (1986)
- Bird (1988)
- The Dead Pool (1988)
- Pink Cadillac (1989)
- White Hunter Black Heart (1990)
- The Rookie (1990)
- Unforgiven (1992)
- A Perfect World (1993)
- The Bridges of Madison County (1995 with Amblin Entertainment)
- The Stars Fell on Henrietta (1995)
- Absolute Power (1997)
- Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997)
- True Crime (1999, with The Zanuck Company)
- Space Cowboys (2000, with Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures)
- Blood Work (2002)
- Mystic River (2003, with Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures)
- Million Dollar Baby (2004, with Warner Bros. Pictures and Lakeshore Entertainment)
- Flags of Our Fathers (2006, with Warner Bros. Pictures, DreamWorks Pictures and Amblin Entertainment)
- Letters from Iwo Jima (2006, with Warner Bros. Pictures, DreamWorks Pictures and Amblin Entertainment)
- Rails & Ties (2007)
- Changeling (2008, with Universal Pictures, Relativity Media and Imagine Entertainment)
- Gran Torino (2008, with Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures)
- Invictus (2009, with Warner Bros. Pictures and Spyglass Entertainment)
- Hereafter (2010, with Warner Bros. Pictures, Amblin Entertainment and The Kennedy/Marshall Company)
- J. Edgar (2011, with Warner Bros. Pictures, Imagine Entertainment and Wintergreen Productions)
- Trouble with the Curve (2012)
- Jersey Boys (2014, with Warner Bros. Pictures, GK Films and RatPac Entertainment)
- American Sniper (2014, with Warner Bros. Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures and RatPac Entertainment)
- Sully (2016), with Warner Bros. Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures, RatPac Entertainment, BBC Films, FilmNation Entertainment and The Kennedy/Marshall Company)
- The 15:17 to Paris (2018)
- A Star Is Born (2018), with Warner Bros. Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Thunder Road Pictures, Live Nation Productions, Joint Effort and Gerber Pictures
- The Mule (2019)
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