Every Which Way But Loose (1978)

PG  |   |  Action, Comedy  |  20 December 1978 (USA)
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The San Fernando Valley adventures of trucker turned prize-fighter Philo Beddoe and his pet orangutan Clyde.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Walter Barnes ...
Tank Murdock
George Chandler ...
Clerk at D.M.V.
William O'Connell ...
Dan Vadis ...
Trailer Court Manager


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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Release Date:

20 December 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Coming of Philo Beddoe  »

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$5,200,000 (estimated)


$105,918,400 (USA)

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According to the book "Clint Eastwood: Hollywood's Loner" (1992) by Michael Munn, Clint Eastwood said of fellow co-star Clyde the Orangutan: "Clyde was one of the most natural actors I ever worked with! But you had to get him on the first take because his boredom level was very limited". See more »


In the scene at the lake when Philo jumps out of the tree, he stands up and does a Tarzan impression. The sound is not heard until the view cuts to looking across the lake. See more »


[after Philo defeats Kincaid in a bare-knuckle match, Kincaid's manager tries to stiff Orville]
Orville Boggs: I think you owe us some money.
Kincaid's Manager: What money?
Orville Boggs: Now wait a minute...
Kincaid's Manager: Now you ain't gonna tell all these boys that you're gonna take their money now, are ya?
[Kincaid's manager laughs; Echo fires two rounds from her pistol]
Echo: That was just so you know the first one was no accident.
[the manager is forced by gunpoint to pay up Philo's winnings; the three leave the meathouse to continue their journey]
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Red Eye Special
Written by Larry Collins (as L. Collins), Sandy Pinkard (as S. Pinkard) and Snuff Garrett (as T. Garrett)
Sung by Larry Collins
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Deactivate Brain: Enjoy The Movie
13 July 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Spoilers Ahead;

The movie, as a good reviewer wrote, is plot less. It follows Philo's concomitant chasing of Lynn and Tank to be the best street fight fighter. Why watch it? Isn't the monkey awful and annoying? Yes, to both questions, but watch it for two reasons: Ruth Gordon and The Black Widows. The latter are the worst motorcycle gang ever formed: wherever their perambulations take them they get the crap kicked out of them. Everyone beats them up, Philo's mom blows up their motorcycles with a shotgun. The are the personification of Rodney Dangerfield's catch phrase,"I don't get no respect." Ruth Gordon is drop dead funny and with the worst tough guys ever assembled the amount of laughs will make up for the many flaws. Geoffrey Lewis is great like he always is; they both are straight men to mom who is old, fighting to get her driver's license and in a really bad mood. I love when the cops try to hassle her and after about five minutes alone with her get back in their car and drive away at high speed.

The movie's main problem, besides the annoying and unfunny monkey, is Sondra Locke. Yes, what man did not love the nude scene? She was always scorching hot but her singing is even worse than her acting. Not since Harry Truman's daughter, the aspiring opera star, have you heard dreadful, off tempo, two key off combination speaking and mumbling which she thinks is being sultry and seductive. Olivia Newton John she is not. It is best to get up kill ten minutes then come back to the movie. Otherwise, this is why they made that chapter skip button on your remote. The monkey is not as bad here as in the unwatchable sequel which put the A in abysmal. Still, a little of Clyde goes a very long way. As you can tell, by my rating, it is borderline. This is a great one showing movie but do not buy it or you will be sorry.

The movie consists of Philo driving around with a monkey while being stalked by these retards who get the crap beat out of them by everybody. When they do corner Philo, things do not go well for them. He gradually starts taking more and more of their bikes until the end they are all riding double. If you turn off your brain, a requisite, you will laugh at this movie. Unlike the dreadful sequel and Bronco Billy, this is a funny movie. Sondra's singing can be skipped, I wish it could of in 1978 when we had to suffer; I got up and got refreshments. Wait until you hear it, you will understand. Philo's invincibility may be taxing to your sense of reality; yes, I know, that is what I meant by turn off your brain. If you are not a big country western music fan, like me, have that volume control where you can get at it quickly. A great watch but never buy this movie.

"A little nonsense now and then relished by the wisest men."

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