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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Julie Roth
Tisha Sterling ...
James Ringerman
Betty Field ...
Ellen Ringerman
Tom Tully ...
Melodie Johnson ...
James Edwards ...
Sgt. Jackson
Running Bear
Pushie (as David F. Doyle)
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Meg Myles ...
Big Red
Marjorie Bennett ...
Mrs. Fowler
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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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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  »

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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 »


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 »


Coogan: [while holding a broken bottle in Wonderful Digby's face] All right now, I don't like violence, Mr. Wonderful whatever your name is. You better drop that blade, or you won't believe what happens next, even while it's happening.
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Lyrics by Wally Holmes
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Before "Dirty Harry"...

With less violence and the addition of a comical bent, "Coogan's Bluff" became the inspiration for the long running TV series "McCloud" starring Dennis Weaver. For director Don Siegal, it was, like the same year's "Madigan," another early examination of the maverick police officer that would reach its zenith with 1971's "Dirty Harry." For Eastwood, it's an interesting blend of the genre for which he was best known at the time--the western--and of the urban crime thrillers with which he would achieve superstardom. This one isn't as exciting as "Dirty Harry," and the fish out of water theme (ala "Mr. Deeds Goes to Town") helps to excuse some of the more unpleasant aspects of the character's law and order at any cost mentality, but "Coogan's Bluff" has an abundance of smart-a** humor to make it memorable. Eastwood is very effectively cast, and it is to his credit that he was willing to play such an unlikable and offensive SOB at this relatively early stage of his big-screen career. (Can you imagine Gregory Peck in this role?)

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