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September 17, 2021

Cry Macho is a 2021 American neo-Western drama film directed and produced by Clint Eastwood. Adapted by Nick Schenk, it is based on the 1975 novel of the same name by N. Richard Nash. The plot follows a former rodeo star (Eastwood) who is hired to reunite a young man (Eduardo Minett) in Mexico with his father (Dwight Yoakam) in the United States.

Attempts to adapt the novel into a feature film have featured a variety of actors in negotiations to star. In 2011, Arnold Schwarzenegger was cast in the film but production was canceled after a scandal. In 2020, it was announced Eastwood would create an adaptation with Albert S. Ruddy, Tim Moore, and Jessica Meier attached as producers. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, production took place in New Mexico with cinematographer Ben Davis. During post-production, the score was composed by Mark Mancina.

Cry Macho was theatrically released in the United States on September 17, 2021, by Warner Bros. Pictures with a simultaneous release on the HBO Max streaming service for 31 days. It received mixed reviews from critics, with praise for the scenery and score, but criticism towards the screenplay. Eastwood's performance and the film's tone received a polarized response.

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