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Clint Eastwood Chrysler Super Bowl Commercial Proclaims It's 'Halftime In America' (VIDEO)


First Posted: 02/ 6/2012 8:46 am Updated: 02/ 6/2012 12:03 pm

With most Super Bowl commercials either aiming for laughs to generate buzz or using sexuality to push a product, Chrysler distinguished itself by doing something completely different. Clint Eastwood starred in the most stirring commercial of the night, promoting a message more than any product.

This country can't be knocked out with one punch. We get right back up again and when we do the world is going to hear the roar of our engines.

The 81-year-old Academy Award-winner kept returning to the mantra that it's "halftime in America" while it was, in fact, halftime at the Super Bowl. Eastwood conceded the struggles that the auto industry -- as well as the entire nation -- have faced in recent years but his tone was ultimately defiant and optimistic, looking ahead to the so-called second half. The powerful ad was certainly a departure from the rest of the day's offerings and left many people applauding.



Michael Moore
And Clint, the consensus is u done a good thing standing up 4 Detroit--& your sermon seemed 2 b a call 2 give O his "second half."



Elizabeth Banks
Super Bowl commercials recap: Clint Eastwood for Chrysler. Very powerful. Chills.



Billy Ray Cyrus
And the winner is ......Clint Eastwood ! Maybe the best commercial in history.


Even those folks who may not have totally bought into the message of the ad couldn't help but be moved by Eastwood's moving narration.



InsideHoops.com
Everything, everywhere should be narrated by Clint Eastwood, James Earl Jones or Morgan Freeman.



Brian Burgess
Clint Eastwood could have been promoting fruit roll ups with that monologue and I would have still gotten goosebumps.


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For years, viewers have tuned into the NFL's Super Bowl as much to see what the advertisers roll out as how the two teams vying for the sport's top prize perform. This year was no different. Each time that NBC cut away from Super Bowl XLVI between the New York Giants and New England Patriots a hush came over most Super Bowl parties as everyone -- and not just the diehard sports fans with a rooting (or betting) interest -- focused entirely on the ads.

While iconic Super Bowl commercials like Apple's '1984' and Coke's ad starring Mean Joe Greene will be remembered so many more are soon forgotten or, even worse, ridiculed as super fails.

How does this Super Bowl ad stack up?

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