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Every Which Way But Loose (1978)

The San Fernando Valley adventures of trucker turned prize-fighter Philo Beddoe and his pet orangutan Clyde.

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Orville
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Walter Barnes ...
Tank Murdock
George Chandler ...
Clerk at D.M.V.
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Woody
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Herb
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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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Clint Eastwood will turn you Every Which Way But Loose

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20 December 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Coming of Philo Beddoe  »

Box Office

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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 »

Goofs

While Echo is firing two rounds into the side of beef, the cigar falls out of the man's mouth twice. See more »

Quotes

[Biker's Theme sax intro; Elmo enters the Widow compound]
Cholla: You're 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

Ain't Love Good Tonight
Written by Gloria Sklerov (as G. Sklerov), Randy Cate (as R. Cate) and George Fenton (as G. Howe)
Sung by Wayne Parker
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Sounds like something Burt Reynolds would be in!!
9 June 2000 | by (Allentown, PA) – See all my reviews

Clint Eastwood finally shows a funny, soft side to his macho persona in this humorous action/comedy about a good-hearted brawler who adopts a sneaky orangutan named Clyde and they embark in a funny journey for reasons God only knows why. With the gritty brawl scenes and the constant redneck humor, this would make the viewer wonder why did old Dirty Harry himself would be in a movie like this? It looks like something from the weird minds of Burt Reynolds and Hal Ne


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