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Coogan's Bluff (1968)

Arizona Deputy Sheriff Coogan (Clint Eastwood) is sent to New York City to escort an escaped fugitive back for trial.

Director:

Don Siegel (as Donald Siegel)

Writers:

Herman Miller (screenplay), Dean Riesner (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Clint Eastwood ... Coogan
Lee J. Cobb ... Lt. McElroy
Susan Clark ... Julie Roth
Tisha Sterling ... Linny Raven
Don Stroud ... James Ringerman
Betty Field ... Ellen Ringerman
Tom Tully ... Sheriff McCrea
Melodie Johnson ... Millie
James Edwards ... Sgt. Jackson
Rudy Diaz ... Running Bear
David Doyle ... Pushie (as David F. Doyle)
Louis Zorich ... Taxi Driver
Meg Myles ... Big Red
Marjorie Bennett ... Mrs. Fowler
Seymour Cassel ... Young Hood
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Storyline

Arizona Deputy Sheriff Coogan (Clint Eastwood) is sent to New York City to collect James Ringerman (Don Stroud), a prisoner who escaped from custody in Arizona. Everyone in New York City assumes Coogan is from Texas, much to his annoyance. To add to Coogan's problems, the prisoner is in Bellevue after taking a trip on LSD while In custody, so he decides to cut a few corners. In the process, the prisoner escapes, steals Coogan's gun, and Coogan is ordered home. Too proud to return home empty-handed, Coogan sets out into the big city to track down and recapture his prisoner. Written by Rob Hartill

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Taglines:

A Prisoner On the Loose, A Cop Over the Edge. This Town Ain't Big Enough for the Both of Them. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 October 1968 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Coogans großer Bluff See more »

Filming Locations:

Sedona, Arizona, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$3,110,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,110,000
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

For the Castilian Spanish language dub version, Clint Eastwood's voice was dubbed by Ernesto Aura. See more »

Goofs

Near the start of the film, when Coogan first meets Julie he has a cigarette held firmly in his mouth. In the next shot, the cigarette disappears. See more »

Quotes

Coogan: [panting] I'm making a citizen's arrest.
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Alternate Versions

When originally released theatrically in the UK, the BBFC made cuts to secure an 'X' rating. All cuts were waived in 1994 when the film was granted an '15' certificate for home video. See more »

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Remade as McCloud (1970) See more »

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Everybody
Lyrics by Wally Holmes
Music by Lalo Schifrin
Sung by The Pigeon-Toed Orange Peels
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"Nobody Calls Me Mister With My Boots Off"
24 July 2009 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Coogan's Bluff marked the first of six films that Clint Eastwood was to do with director Don Siegel, the most famous of them being of course Dirty Harry. The film will also contain no shots of the former location of the legendary Polo Grounds which were at that spot on Manhattan island.

Clint Eastwood's charisma is what carries this film through because he's playing one of the most dislikeable characters he ever essayed on the right side of the law. He's a deputy sheriff from Piute County, Arizona who has his own way of doing things. When we first meet him instead of following sheriff Tom Tully's orders and staying at a roadblock, Eastwood follows a hunch and captures fugitive Indian Rudy Diaz in the inimitable Clint fashion.

That he got the man doesn't cut it with Tully. He sends Clint on assignment to New York to extradite Don Stroud wanted in Arizona. When he gets to New York, Stroud is in Bellevue Psych Ward. There are procedures to get him out says Police Lieutenant Lee J. Cobb, but Clint cuts through them and while Stroud's in custody, he effects an escape.

Seduce them for clues is Eastwood's investigative technique as he works on parole officer Susan Clark and Stroud's girlfriend Tisha Sterling. Tisha proves to be a formidable adversary and bed partner, yes she's both. Tisha's pretty unforgettable as the amoral hippie chick from the era.

Also unforgettable is Betty Field in what proved to be her final big screen role as Stroud's tramp of a mother. Clint doesn't quite have to get down and dirty with her, but I think he would have been up to it if needed.

A lot of attitudes that were later exhibited in Dirty Harry are in Coogan's Bluff. Walt Coogan has the same attitude towards criminals and the rules that prevent him from dealing with them as he'd like.

Some nice location shots of New York, including an unforgettable chase scene through Fort Tryon Park in the upper reaches of Manhattan. Not as good as some of Clint Eastwood's other films, still Coogan's Bluff is a must for his fans.


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