The 1970 film “Two Mules For Sister Sara” starring Shirley MacLaine and Clint Eastwood is not considered a great Western in Eastwood’s long career, but it is the most unique, and in some ways, the most enjoyable to watch. Directed by Don Siegel, with a fun score by Ennio Morricone, MacLaine and Eastwood have great chemistry and play off each other wonderfully. The trailer makes it seem like an action packed Western, which it is, but it also has a playful and sardonic sense of humor. As MacLaine and Eastwood were both well aware of, the role of Sara was the best part in the movie.
The 1990 film Postcards From The Edge starring Meryl Streep, Shirley MacLaine and Dennis Quaid is based on the semi-autobiographical novel of the same name by Carrie Fisher, who also wrote the screenplay. Well directed by Mike Nichols it is about actress Suzanne Vale (Streep) who has substance abuse problems, relationship issues and a frictional relationship with her mother (MacLaine) who is an aging, famous actress herself. It is a drama, comedy, and Hollywood satire all in one and Streep knocks it out of the park with MacLaine more than holding her own in this funny and well written movie.