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Breezy (1973)






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This compassionate, rather complex romantic drama was a real turn-around for actor-turned- filmmaker Clint Eastwood, who had great success with his two, early, more-action-oriented directorial efforts, the spooky Play Misty for Me and High Plains Drifter. The story centers on the crisis of an embittered, recently divorced middle-aged businessman who decides to retreat from the world and the women that have inspired his cynicism. Spending most of his time in his well-appointed California beach house, he avoids people. But when he steps outside one morning and finds a beautiful young hippie chick sleeping on his step, his life suddenly changes. At first he is angry and shoos her off his land. For some reason he doesn't call the cops. She comes back a day later to retrieve her guitar. They talk and he ends up taking the homeless girl in. She leaves, but later returns escorted by the police. Without thinking, he convinces the police that he is her uncle and they release her to him. Time passes and the fellow begins to slowly open up to this lovely free-spirit. Their friendship turns to love and for the first time in ages, the older man is happy. Unfortunately, his friends and colleagues are outraged by the age difference and put pressure upon him. He gives in and dumps her. Fortunately, a tragic event awakens him to the notion that life is meant to be enjoyed and he heads off to find his new love.more
Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Romance, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Jo Heims
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 1, 2004
Universal Pictures


William Holden
as Frank Harmon
Kay Lenz
as Edith Alice Breezerm...
Roger C. Carmel
as Bob Henderson
Marj Dusay
as Betty Tobin
Joan Hotchkis
as Paula Harmon
Norman Bartold
as Man In Car
Lynn Borden
as Overnight Date
Donald Diamond
as Maître d'hôtel
Lew Brown
as Police Officer
Don Diamond
as Maitre d'
Scott Holden
as Veterinarian
Sandy Kenyon
as Real Estate Agent
Mary Munday
as Waitress
Young Buck
as Paula's Escort
Priscilla Morrill
as Dress Customer
as Sir Love-a-Lot
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Critic Reviews for Breezy

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | February 23, 2012
Top Critic

A bit of low-key captivation, specifically Californian yet curiously Gallic

Full Review… | March 23, 2011

Not surprisingly, the joys of Breezy lie in the 'how' rather than the 'what' in this charming May December romance from Clint Eastwood

Full Review… | May 31, 2008
Urban Cinefile

It plays out as a sappy meeting between representatives of the Counterculture and Establishment.

Full Review… | May 20, 2008
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Audience Reviews for Breezy


Meandering age crisis drama mixed with a May-December romance and some 70's flower child preaching thrown in. In other words a muddled viewing experience.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer


A sweet breezy romance between a 20 year old hippie and a 55 year old divorcee directed by Clint Eastwood. Kay Lenz plays the cute, easy-going, drifter with a loving sunshiny attitude toward the world. William Holden plays the bitter, cynical, un-trusting, real estate agent who has convinced himself he likes being alone. At times the dialog gets a bit sappy, but overall I liked the issues the movie dealt with, and some of the conversations. It's just a small movie with believable performances and admittedly some uncomfortable moments because of the age difference of the leads.

Byron Brubaker

Super Reviewer


I love Clint Eastwood but am sorely disappointed in this film. The disparity in the ages between Breezy and Frank made me uncomfortable and the film only lightly touches on this aspect. Additionally, the middle aged businessman and young hippie girl characters seem to be based only on superficial and stereotypical traits; the character development is too simplistic.

Ivan Joshua

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