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Every Which Way But Loose (1978)

 -  Action | Comedy  -  20 December 1978 (USA)
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Philo Beddoe is an easy-going trucker and a great fist-fighter. With two friends - Orville, who promotes prize-fights for him, and Clyde, the orangutan he won on a bet - he roams the San ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Orville
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Echo
Walter Barnes ...
Tank Murdock
George Chandler ...
Clerk at D.M.V.
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Woody
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Herb
Bill McKinney ...
Dallas
William O'Connell ...
Elmo
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Dan Vadis ...
Frank
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Putnam
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Trailer Court Manager
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Ma
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Philo Beddoe is an easy-going trucker and a great fist-fighter. With two friends - Orville, who promotes prize-fights for him, and Clyde, the orangutan he won on a bet - he roams the San Fernando Valley in search of cold beer, country music and the occasional punch-up. But he is floored himself by a dainty little country and western singer, who gives him the slip when she realizes he's getting too serious. Phil, Clyde and Orville set off in pursuit, pestered by bikers. Written by David Wark <dwark@automail.com>

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20 December 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Coming of Philo Beddoe  »

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$5,200,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$105,918,400 (USA)
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Trivia

The movie's "Every Which Way But Loose" title is derived from Zora Neale Hurston's 1937 novel, "Their Eyes Were Watching God". Tea Cake, the husband of the book's central character Janie, tells his wife about a fight he had with a man with a knife. Tea Cake boasts that he "turned him every way but loose", fighting him not whilst not allowing the man to stab him. See more »

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In the slaughterhouse fight scene, the overhead shots are not consistent with the eye-level camera angles. See more »

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[Biker's Theme sax intro; Elmo enters the Widow compound]
Cholla: Your late, pretty boy. I don't believe this.
Frank: Damn, I've never knowed nobody who hit so hard or so fast.
Elmo: Yeah. He could've been Denver Tank Murdock.
Frank: That's right.
Cholla: Sound like him?
Dallas: Don't know. Didn't get to see him so close as Elmo.
[Dallas and Woody laugh]
Elmo: At least I didn't drop my bike and run.
Frank: Yeah, like you two, goofy suckers!
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Soundtracks

Every Which Way But Loose
Written by Steve Dorff (as S. Dorff), Milton Brown (as M. Brown) and Snuff Garrett (as T. Garrett)
Sung by Eddie Rabbitt
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In Eastwood's top films!
12 March 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is my childhood film of which I have seen hundreds of times. Although originally Clint Eastwood was told by many friends and co-workers not to play a part in this film, it turned out a success due to its down to earth humour and a well selected cast. Watch this film to see a different approach to Clint Eastwood's work, as he lives a relaxed and happy life with his ape 'Clyde'.

The sequel to this film is just as good as the first one, with new characters and well supported music that suits the period as well as the film. They have finally released both films on DVD in England and is worth the investment for a classic collection.


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