WILLIAM GRIMES “Fritz Manes, Producer of Eastwood Films, Dies at 79” http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/12/movies/fritz-manes-producer-of-eastwood-films-dies-at-79.html
The relationship with Mr. Eastwood cooled markedly during the filming of the 1986 film “Heartbreak Ridge,” about a Marine sergeant. Since he was a Korean War veteran who had been awarded the Purple Heart, Mr. Manes was expected to smooth out any difficulties with the Marine Corps, whose cooperation had been obtained for the project.
The film’s salty dialogue and less than accurate depiction of events surrounding the invasion of Grenada raised hackles among the military brass, and the Marine Corps disavowed the film, as did the Department of Defense. Mr. Manes was unceremoniously eased out of Malpaso.
In Patrick McGilligan’s warts-and-all biography “Clint: The Life and Legend,” Mr. Manes described to the author an often tortured relationship in which Mr. Eastwood dangled the possibility of substantial acting roles to keep Mr. Manes jumping through hoops as a producer, and doled out credit erratically.
“With this guy, if you got any credit for anything it was a miracle,” Mr. Manes said. “He used to choke on the word ‘producer.’ ”
Mr. Eastwood, in a 1997 interview with The Independent of London, said, “I promoted him into a position, and he didn’t perform.”
Mr. Manes’s firing at Malpaso was messy. One day he discovered that Warner Brothers, which distributed Malpaso’s films, had stopped authorizing his paycheck. Mr. Eastwood, on being asked for an explanation, told Mr. Manes that he had decided to close the production company’s offices for a while, but when Mr. Manes talked to other employees, he discovered that he alone was being let go.
In 1986, after the split with Mr. Eastwood, Mr. Manes formed his own production company, Sundancer, and served on the California Film Commission.