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According to the book "Clint Eastwood: Hollywood's Loner" (1992) by Michael Munn, Eastwood called Clyde the Orangutan "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".
The first film to have an opening weekend of ten million dollars or more.
Clint Eastwood's boxing coach for the film was Al Silvani, who used to train Jake LaMotta, and had recently prepared Sylvester Stallone for Rocky (1976).
Clint Eastwood was advised to do the film on the heels of Smokey and the Bandit (1977)'s runaway success at the box office.
After adjustment for inflation, this is the biggest hit of Clint Eastwood's career.
The script originally was intended for Burt Reynolds.
Manis the Orangutan once got upset and grabbed Clint Eastwood while he was driving a truck. The ape's trainers were able to calm Manis down by speaking to him over the two-way radio.
The third of six movies made by real-life couple Clint Eastwood and Sondra Locke.
Clint Eastwood's first completely "pure" comedy feature film.
Manis the Orangutan's film debut.
The movie's title is derived from Zora Neale Hurston's 1937 novel, "Their Eyes Were Watching God". Tea Cake, the second 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 without allowing the man to stab him.
Reportedly, Clint Eastwood was nervous about doing a comedy, and contacted fellow movie-star Burt Reynolds for advice because Reynolds had a lot of experience doing comedies.
Beverly D'Angelo stars as the girlfriend of Geoffrey Lewis. She would later play the mother of Juliette Lewis, Geoffrey's daughter, in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989).
Reportedly, the small towns across the U.S. provided the best audiences for the movie at the box-office.
Warner Brothers first released the picture in smaller theaters first; Superman (1978) was still at the larger theaters.
Mel Tillis sings "Coca-Cola Cowboy," which includes the line "You've got an Eastwood smile and Robert Redford hair."
According to the closing credits, Manis the Orangutan appeared courtesy of Bobby Berosini's Performing Orangutan Show.
According to publicity, Manis the Orangutan weighed 180 pounds.
Prior to being picked up by Warner Brothers, the movie's script by Jeremy Joe Kronsberg had been turned down by many of the other major Hollywood studios and production companies.
The Tank Murdock fight was shot at The Denver Brick Company. The spectators sit on cubes of brick, and the glow from the round kiln is visible.
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Final of seven collaborations of James Fargo and Clint Eastwood. This movie was the second that Fargo directed Eastwood, the first having being the Dirty Harry sequel The Enforcer (1976). Fargo had been an assistant director on five other Eastwood pictures during the 1970s.
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Sondra Locke's singing debut. She has a duet with Phil Everly.
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The movie and its sequel used "Clint and Clyde" first-name alliteration of its two main stars in its promotions and marketing. In true Hollywood style, Clint Eastwood here received top first billing as he was the bigger star whilst the orangutan Manis had to settle for second billing.
Part of a cycle of ring fighter movies, mostly boxing, some wrestling, initiated by the box-office and critical success of the Academy Award Best Picture winning boxing movie Rocky (1976). The films include Rocky II (1979), Rocky III (1982), Rocky IV (1985), Tough Enough (1983), Title Shot (1979), Raging Bull (1980), The Champ (1979), Matilda (1978), The Main Event (1979), The Prize Fighter (1979), The Greatest (1977), Body and Soul (1981), Paradise Alley (1978), ...All the Marbles (1981) (aka "The California Dolls"), The One and Only (1978), Every Which Way But Loose (1978) and Any Which Way You Can (1980).
In February 1979, The film's title song, sung by Eddie Rabbitt, topped Billboard Magazine's Hot Country Singles Chart for three weeks. The song's debut at No. #18 on this chart was the highest ever debut on the chart since it had begun in July 1973. The song also went to the No. #1 spot on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks Chart, No. #4 on the Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks Chart, No. #30 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Chart, and No. #26 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks Chart.
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Sondra Locke learned that she was pregnant just as production was wrapping up. Locke had her IUD removed some years earlier after Clint Eastwood complained that the IUD was uncomfortable for him, and the couple had been practicing the rhythm method. Sondra reluctantly agreed to an abortion, "a hard and painful decision" in her words. When she became pregnant again in 1979, Clint voiced concerns for her health and suggested sterilization. "I think it would be the best thing for our life together. Aren't I enough for you?" Locke's autobiography quotes Eastwood as saying. Then she began to cry. "Funny how it never even crossed my mind to ask HIM to have surgery." She underwent a second abortion and subsequent tubal ligation at UCLA Medical Center. To console her, Eastwood sold the Sherman Oaks bungalow where they had resided and bought a dream house in Bel Air. "This home would be my baby," Locke wrote. Although they remained together another decade (towards the end of which Clint sired someone else's two children, unbeknownst to Sondra), from her perspective their relationship never fully recovered from the abortions.
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Years later, the movie was re-released on a double-bill with its sequel, Any Which Way You Can (1980).
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The film and its soundtrack featured several country-and-western songs including tracks sung by Mel Tillis, Charlie Rich and Eddie Rabbitt.
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Clint Eastwood's sixth film for Warner Brothers.
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The name of the motorcycle gang was the "Black Widows of Pacoima", a real-life district in the San Fernando Valley.
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Lynn Halsey-Taylor sings in a bar called the Zanza Bar. This is a play on Zanzibar, an island on the east coast of Africa and part of Tanzania.
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