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Coogan's Bluff (1968)

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An Arizona deputy goes to New York City to escort a fugitive back into custody.


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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

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2 October 1968 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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(Westrex Recording System)


(Technicolor) (uncredited)

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1.85 : 1
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In the final chase, Coogan (Clint Eastwood) rides a 650cc Triumph TR6 motorcycle whilst Ringerman (Don Stroud) rides the 500cc Triumph T100 R Daytona upon which he appears with Linny (Tisha Sterling) in the picture displayed in Ringerman's mother's flat. See more »


The character played by James Edwards in this movie (the undercover detective on the stairs in Mrs. Ringerman's apartment) is called "Sgt. Wallace" during the movie. However, in the closing credits, he is credited as playing "Sgt. Jackson". See more »


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"Guess you didn't hear the lady....did you boy?"
16 July 2004 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Coogan's Bluff ranks as one of my favorite Eastwood films. Partly because of the time period & location which the story takes place. It's an excellent period piece. Late 1960's New York city in all it's Glory. I live in NYC and it's was nice to see the Pan Am Building in the backdrop. It's now the Met Life building. The Pan Am building was also the location of the final scene where the helicopter takes off.

The other reason I like this movie is that Eastwood is essentially playing Dirty Harry before Dirty Harry. Coogan is just like Harry Calahan without the 44. magnum. The story is solid but it's the locales and the situations that Coogan finds himself in that sell the movie. Who cares of it's dated? Of course it's dated but that's part of the experience. Actually most movies made more than 20 years ago (or less) are dated. If you look at it in the context of the time it was made then you'll enjoy it. Ignore the negative reviews and check it out.

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