A hard but mediocre cop is assigned to escort a prostitute into custody from Las Vegas to Phoenix, so that she can testify in a mob trial. But a lot of people are literally betting that they won't make it into town alive.
A veteran cop, Murtaugh, is partnered with a young suicidal cop, Riggs. Both having one thing in common; hating working in pairs. Now they must learn to work with one another to stop a gang of drug smugglers.
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
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 »
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 »
Even though not among his best-known thrillers, "Coogan's bluff" from 1968 is definitely a rather important and noteworthy movie in Clint Eastwood's long and esteemed career. It was his first cooperation with legendary Don Siegel who was stylishly working behind the camera. Eastwood was altogether the star of five movies Don Siegel directed and Siegel turned out to be one of the biggest mentors of him as a director.
Secondly Clint was a very popular and noted western star back in the late 60's. He had just played the leading character, the nameless cowboy in Sergio Leone's praised and beloved Dollars trilogy but his career in a cop thriller genre and the splendid Dirty Harry series was still ahead. "Coogan's bluff" was an extremely interesting changing over from one genre to another.
Eastwood played Sheriff Coogan and it was clearly a cowboy role, no doubt, but everything else around him, the big city with big city criminals, sleazy taxi drivers, hippies, prostitutes and so on weren't no longer from Coogan's world but rather from Harry Callahan's normal working day. "Coogan's bluff" is a terrific pre-Dirty Harry thriller classic and every Eastwood fan should watch it couple of hundred times. 9/10.
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