How to Pick a Headline for Your Clint Eastwood Heimlich Story

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Do you have to cover — or perhaps just tweet about — the story about Clint Eastwood saving a man from choking by performing the Heimlich maneuver? Do you want to use an Eastwood movie title as your header? You only get once chance at this, so choose wisely. 

First, understand your story: Eastwood was attending a dinner for the annual Pebble Beach Pro-Am gold tournament. Via the Carmel Pine Cone:

The night before, at the party to honor the tournament’s volunteers, [event CEO Steve John] got a piece of cheese lodged in his throat, and Clint Eastwood saved him from suffocating by using the Heimlich maneuver.

So you've got your elements. You've got your story. Now you need a snazzy, punny headline. One that reflects the depth and breadth of Eastwood's work, plus incorporates the fact that he saved an executive from choking to death on a piece of cheese. Are you ready? Time for a process of elimination.

Option 1: Absolute Power
Pros: Conveys Eastwood in a heroic light, not to mention the Heimlich maneuver, which all of a sudden sounds like a badass live-saving skill to have in your moveset. 
Cons: Not a very well-known or well-regarded movie in the Eastwood canon. Doesn't convey the "choking" part of the story.

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Option 2: Kelly's Heroes
Pros: Again, the heroism of Eastwood is highlighted. Could easily be tweaked to read "Steve John's Heroes, And By Heroes We Mean One Hero, Clint Eastwood."
Cons: Again, not the most quintessentially Eastwood property. 

Option 3: Hereafter
Pros: Really amps up the drama of the situation.
Cons: Pretty dark, as headlines go, not to mention abstract. Terrible movie.

Option 4: Dirty Harry 2: Magnum Force
Pros: Iconic Eastwood role. Even more forceful a title than Absolute Power. Basically gifts your lede with a "Go ahead, make my day" reference. 
Cons: It makes it seem like Eastwood had a personal vendetta against the piece of cheese, which is misleading.

Option 5: Every Which Way But Loose
Pros: Um, everything? All of them? It not only alludes to Eastwood's action but it specifically gives the reader the sense of the obstruction in John's throat, plus the categorical imperative Eastwood was given as he began his task. 
Cons: None. This is your headline. Go forth! Report the news!

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