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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:
A smart career move for Clint 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)
Morreen Thornton ... Hippie Twin (uncredited)
Clark Warren ... Plainclothesman (uncredited)
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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 | 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) | West Germany:16 (re-rating) (DVD)
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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Miscellaneous: 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 »
Quotes:
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.See more »
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32 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
A smart career move for Clint, 21 August 2002
Author: jimu63 from San Marcos, CA

Clint Eastwood has always been one of the most career-savvy superstars of all time. Looking over his filmography, since his career breakthrough it is obvious he has never done a film strictly for the money and has solid reasons behind every film he has made. Even his worst films have a purpose: "The Rookie," for instance, which most people would agree is a career low, was obviously made to satisfy the brass at Warner Bros. by delivering a modern-day Dirty Harry clone so he would be left alone to work on his Academy Award-winning classic "Unforgiven," which came out two years later. So it is with "Coogan's Bluff," which most viewers would probably dismiss as second-rate Eastwood, but in reality served as a savvy bridge from Westerns (the type of genre he was primarily known for at the time) into more modern day roles.

As directed by his mentor Don Siegel, "Coogan's Bluff" actually opens in the Arizona desert, which strongly resembles the background of his spaghetti westerns. Indeed, the first character we see is a loincloth-attired man, who appears to be Indian, so the audience is tricked into thinking they're watching a western. Then, we see a jeep driving down a dirt road, with a stetson-wearing Clint at the wheel. He is Dept. Sheriff Coogan, and there we see our first view of Clint as a modern lawman. It isn't long before he's in New York City, chasing down an escaped extradited criminal (Don Stroud), romancing a beautiful parole officer (Susan Clark) and butting heads with a strong-willed police captain (Lee J.Cobb, a terrific, yet sadly forgotten character actor of the day). Therefore, in a matter of fifteen minutes, Siegel cleverly introduces Eastwood as a contemporary figure, a transition that will be complete when he returns to modern times three years later in his most famous role, "Dirty Harry" Callahan.

But "Coogan's Bluff" is an enjoyable film on its own terms. Eastwood at times is very funny here--his retort to an unethical cab driver is priceless--and the film moves along at a brisk pace. Just don't expect action galore or a high body count. Clint doesn't kill anybody here; there's no broad conspiracy or mystery to solve; his job is simply to find the prisoner and take him home. In fact, the film is at its best when its dealing with Coogan as a fish-out-of-water, dealing with various New York thieves, crooks, drug dealers, hippies, and the aforementioned cab driver. There is, however, a well-choreographed fight scene in a bar and an exciting motorcycle chase for a climax, but that's as much action as there is. It's also pretty short for an Eastwood film: where most of his films run over two hours, this one clocks in at a brisk 94 minutes, next to "Joe Kidd" and "The Dead Pool," one of his shortest adventures.

So there you have it, a "minor" effort that served a "major" purpose in what has become an important Hollywood career. *** (out of *****)

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