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Coogan's Bluff (1968)

Approved | | Action, Comedy, Crime | 2 October 1968 (USA)
An Arizona deputy goes to New York City to escort a fugitive back into custody.


(as Donald Siegel)


(screenplay), (screenplay) | 2 more credits »

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Coogan, an Arizona cop, is sent to New York to collect a prisoner. Everyone in New York assumes Coogan is from Texas, much to his annoyance. To add to Coogan's problems the prisoner isn't ready, so he decides to cut a few corners. In the process the prisoner escapes, and Coogan is ordered home. Too proud to return home empty handed, Coogan sets out into the big city to recapture his prisoner. Written by Rob Hartill

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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


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Release Date:

2 October 1968 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Coogans großer Bluff  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$1,500,000 (estimated)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)


(Technicolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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When Coogan is searching the New York nightclub, the large screen plays a scene from Tarantula (1955), a "B" sci-fi film that Clint Eastwood made early in his career in which he had an uncredited role. See more »


At 28:03, the 'Bellman' opens the shade and the window. At 28:23, Clint opens the window again. See more »


Golden Hotel Room Clerk: Room 304. That'll be $7 in advance.
Coogan: The sign says $5.
Golden Hotel Room Clerk: $7 without luggage.
[Coogan places briefcase on desk]
Golden Hotel Room Clerk: That ain't luggage.
Coogan: There's a cab driver in this town that'll give you an argument.
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Features Tarantula (1955) See more »


Pigeon-Toed Orange Peel
Lyrics by Wally Holmes
Music by Lalo Schifrin
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'McCloud' With Some Sleaze
10 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In this breakout year when films could dump most of their restrictions, this inspiration for the hit television series McCloud, dumped a couple and went the low road on a few things.

The language still was pretty tame but it had a big-time sleazy atmosphere with a bunch of unlikeable characters. Susan Clark played a lot of these kind of roles in the late '60s to about 1980. Clint Eastwood and Don Stroud are the male leads and Eastwood fits the mold as a tough Arizona lawman going to New York City to bring back an escaped convict. This kind of set of the stage, I think, for his Dirty Harry series which began a couple of years after this.

The story moves well and has some good action scenes, but, man, you can tell it is the late '60s and no longer the "classic era" in Hollywood with the nudity and no one with any moral standards.

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