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)
Taxi Driver
Meg Myles ...
Big Red
Marjorie Bennett ...
Mrs. Fowler
Young Hood


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:

Coogans großer Bluff  »

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(Westrex Recording System)


(Technicolor) (uncredited)

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1.85 : 1
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Terrific thriller classic
27 October 2002 | by (Järvenpää, Finland) – See all my reviews

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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