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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.


(as Donald Siegel)


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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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Clint Eastwood gives New York 24 hours... to get out of town! See more »


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Release Date:

2 October 1968 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Coogans bluff  »

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(Westrex Recording System)


(Technicolor) (uncredited)

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1.85 : 1
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During the motorcycle chase, when Coogan follows Ringerman's motorcycle up two short flights of stone steps in the park, the stunt rider for Clint Eastwood clearly badly clips the stone wall with the right handlebar and loses control as he tries to make the right turn off the top flight. The film cuts to another shot before what would have been the inevitable crash. 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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Lyrics by Wally Holmes
Music by Lalo Schifrin
Sung by The Pigeon-Toed Orange Peels
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Perfect Action Movie
2 January 2005 | by (Western PA) – See all my reviews

From the opening scenes to the end it's never boring, and often hilarious. Lee J. Cobb turns in a wonderfully wry performance, the young Susan Clark is hot as Julie the probation officer, and Tom Tully is perfect as the tough, no-nonsense Sheriff McCrea. Add to that the sights and sounds of the city in the late 1960's and the feel for the atmosphere of the times, and it's a wonderful way to spend an afternoon. I define the quality of a movie by how it makes me feel. And this one always makes me feel good. Watching Eastwood work as Deputy Sheriff Walt Coogan, with that cool Eastwood demeanor makes you realize just how hokey Dennis Weaver played the McCloud character in the TV series - while 'Coogan' inspired the series, the series certainly didn't outshine it. This one is a fun romp, and like all in the genre, not to be taken too seriously. Highly recommended.

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