Eastwood was in town to shoot the film "Thunderbolt and Lightfoot", a buddy-crime caper also starring Jeff Bridges. It would be an auspicious occasion for Mr. Bridges, too. He would return to Montana the next year to shoot the cult-classic "Rancho Deluxe", during the filming of which he would meet his future wife, then a waitress at Chico Hot Springs.
In the interview Eastwood mentions "country up by Augusta" as being particularly to his liking before discussing his burgeoning directorial career. At that time he had only directed a handful of pictures (and only made one "Dirty Harry" film; there would eventually be five).
See the interview below, and be sure to check out the incredible wealth of other historical KRTV interviews in the Montana Historical Society archives.
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