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Director:
Writers:
Herman Miller (screenplay) &
Dean Riesner (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
2 October 1968 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A Prisoner On the Loose, A Cop Over the Edge. This Town Ain't Big Enough for the Both of Them. See more »
Plot:
An Arizona deputy goes to New York City to escort a fugitive back into custody. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
User Reviews:
It took me by surprise! See more (82 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Clint Eastwood ... Coogan

Lee J. Cobb ... Lt. McElroy

Susan Clark ... Julie Roth
Tisha Sterling ... Linny Raven

Don Stroud ... James Ringerman
Betty Field ... Ellen Ringerman
Tom Tully ... Sheriff McCrea
Melodie Johnson ... Millie
James Edwards ... Sgt. Jackson

Rudy Diaz ... Running Bear

David Doyle ... Pushie (as David F. Doyle)

Louis Zorich ... Taxi Driver
Meg Myles ... Big Red
Marjorie Bennett ... Mrs. Fowler

Seymour Cassel ... Young Hood
John Coe ... Bellboy
Skip Battyn ... Omega
Albert Popwell ... Wonderful Digby

Conrad Bain ... Madison Avenue Man
James Gavin ... Ferguson
Albert Henderson ... Desk Sergeant
James McCallion ... Room Clerk
Syl Lamont ... Manager
Jess Osuna ... Prison Hospital Guard
Jerry Summers ... Good Eyes
Antonia Rey ... Mrs. Amador
Marya Henriques ... Go-Go Dancer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Brandon ... Hippie Boy (uncredited)

Eve Brent ... Hooker (uncredited)
Linda Clifford ... Hippie Girl (uncredited)
Constance Davis ... Mother (uncredited)
James Dukas ... Prison Hospital Doctor (uncredited)
Larry Duran ... Zig Zag (uncredited)
Andy Epper ... Pool Player (uncredited)
George Fargo ... Gay Boy at Pigeon-Toed Orange Peel (uncredited)
Scott Hale ... Dr. Scott (uncredited)
Ted Jacques ... Detective (uncredited)
James Joyce ... Man at Pigeon-Toed Orange Peel (uncredited)
Diki Lerner ... Gay Boy at Pigeon-Toed Orange Peel (uncredited)

James McEachin ... Man (uncredited)
Kathleen O'Malley ... Woman (uncredited)
James Oliver ... Hip Type (uncredited)
Robert Osterloh ... Deputy (uncredited)
Clifford A. Pellow ... Waiter (uncredited)
Allen Pinson ... Whippy (uncredited)
Doug Reid ... Prison Hospital Guard (uncredited)
Diana Rose ... Psychedelic Paint Girl (uncredited)
Al Ruban ... Detective (uncredited)
Don Siegel ... Elevator Passenger (uncredited)
Kristoffer Tabori ... Elevator Passenger (uncredited)
Colleen Thornton ... Hippie Twin (uncredited)
Maureen Thornton ... Hippie Twin (uncredited)
Clark Warren ... Plainclothesman (uncredited)

Directed by
Don Siegel  (as Donald Siegel)
 
Writing credits
Herman Miller (screenplay) &
Dean Riesner (screenplay) and
Howard Rodman (screenplay)

Herman Miller (story)

Produced by
Irving L. Leonard .... associate producer (as Irving Leonard)
Richard E. Lyons .... executive producer
Don Siegel .... producer (as Donald Siegel)
 
Original Music by
Lalo Schifrin 
 
Cinematography by
Bud Thackery (director of photography)
Robert Surtees (uncredited)
 
Film Editing by
Sam E. Waxman 
 
Art Direction by
Alexander Golitzen 
Robert MacKichan  (as Robert C. MacKichan)
 
Set Decoration by
John P. Austin (set decorations) (as John Austin)
John McCarthy Jr. (set decorations) (as John McCarthy)
 
Costume Design by
Helen Colvig 
 
Makeup Department
Larry Germain .... hair stylist
Bud Westmore .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Bob Larson .... unit production manager (as Robert E. Larson)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joseph C. Cavalier .... assistant director (as Joe Cavalier)
Ted Swanson .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Jack Bolger .... sound
Lyle Cain .... sound
Waldon O. Watson .... sound
 
Stunts
Paul Baxley .... stunt coordinator
Larry Duran .... stunts (uncredited)
Dave Ekins .... stunts (uncredited)
Andy Epper .... stunts (uncredited)
James W. Gavin .... aerial stunts (uncredited)
Clyde Howdy .... stunts (uncredited)
Loren Janes .... stunts (uncredited)
Allen Pinson .... stunts (uncredited)
Jerry Summers .... stunts (uncredited)
Buddy Van Horn .... stunt double (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard Barth .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Bruce Surtees .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Steve Johnson .... colorist (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Stanley Wilson .... music supervisor
 
Other crew
Scott Hale .... dialogue coach
Dominic Santarone .... caterer (uncredited)
Ruth Santarone .... caterer (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
93 min
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Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor) (uncredited)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Australia:M | Finland:K-16 | Germany:12 (re-rating) | Iceland:16 | Netherlands:16 | Norway:16 | Norway:15 (1993) | Singapore:NC-16 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:15 (tv rating) | UK:15 (video rating) (1994) (2002) | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #21736) (Suggested for Mature Audiences) | USA:R (re-rating) (1968) | West Germany:18 (f)
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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
Quotes:
Taxi driver:That's $2.95, including the luggage.
Coogan:Tell me, how may stores are there named Bloomingdales in this town?
Taxi driver:One, why?
Coogan:We passed it twice.
Taxi driver:It's still $2.95, including the luggage.
Coogan:Yeah, well there's $3.00, including the tip.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Eastwood & Co.: Making 'Unforgiven' (1992) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Pigeon-Toed Orange PeelSee more »

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20 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
It took me by surprise!, 30 July 2005
Author: lost-in-limbo from the Mad Hatter's tea party.

Walt Coogan (Clint Eastwood) an Arizona deputy sheriff is sent to New York to collect a prisoner (Don Stroud). After learning that it might take a while before he can get his prisoner he decides to take it in own hands to bring him back, but while doing so he is jumped at the airport and the prisoner escapes. So now it's personal and he uses his western methods to recapture his man, but the city cops don't share his ways.

Before they teamed up for the classic cop film "Dirty Harry" (1971) - Don Siegel directed Clint Eastwood in an earlier and under-appreciated cop drama "Coogen's Bluff". I came across this film only knowing that it starred Eastwood and that's about it. But to my surprise it had more to it than Eastwood's strong persona, but it was engaging and clever entertainment by director Don Siegel. What it generates is a violent and hard-hitting police story that has superb attention to detail and is particularly well crafted. There's so many things going for it that you may or may not notice all the small hints that the film possesses on the clash of two different cultures (city vs. western) and the protagonist being dragged into the wicked and dirty side of the hippie drug circuit. This is when he learns that he is out of his league and that he has to adapt to this city way off life to get his man, sometimes with dire consequences because he grows slowly attached to it. Add in some psychedelic overtones and a spaced out feel to evoke the carefree era. The whole setup is naturally staged and doesn't feel forced. Siegel seems to have a knack of creating a gritty mood, but also capturing the life of the unique surroundings, from the Arizona deserts (excellent opening sequence) to the harsh city life. This was helped by fluid camera-work with its high shots and smooth pans that are well staged. The location photography and dashing settings are two of the strong points of this production. Another is the rousing score that mixes some western tang into the equation. Throw in edgy and sharp dialogue, with also scathing humour and an abundance of Texas gags against our protagonist. Siegel's paces the film perfectly and generates tension in some well-designed action scenes, one being the bike chase scene through the park. Though, this film isn't overtly filled with just action and violence. It's an amusing watch with a set-up that has more to it! Eastwood gives an iconic cool-as-ice performance as the Texas, ah I mean Arizona deputy sheriff who adapts his hunting techniques for the big city and who's quick with a sharp reply. Lee J. Cobb is good as the arrogant Det. Lt. McElroy, NYPD who has no time for Coogan or his antics. Susan Clark plays Julie Roth a probation officer and possibly Coogan's love interest. A superb Don Stroud weaselly plays James Ringerman the criminal who Coogan's after and Tisha Sterling plays Ringerman's hippie girlfriend. There's also a small role by a feisty Betty Field as Mrs. Ellen Ringerman.

Actually, it's hard to find one thing that I didn't actually like about the film. Highly recommended!

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