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Coogan's Bluff (1968)

An Arizona deputy sheriff is sent to New York City to escort an escaped fugitive back for trial.

Director:

Don Siegel (as Donald Siegel)

Writers:

Herman Miller (screenplay), Dean Riesner (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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
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Storyline

Coogan, an Arizona deputy sheriff, is sent to New York to collect a prisoner who escaped from custody in Arizona. Everyone in New York assumes Coogan is from Texas, much to his annoyance. To add to Coogan's problems the prisoner is in Bellevue after taking a trip on LSD trip while In custody so he decides to cut a few corners. In the process the prisoner escapes, steals Coogan's gun and Coogan is ordered home. Too proud to return home empty handed, Coogan sets out into the big city to track down and recapture his prisoner. Written by Rob Hartill

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Taglines:

A Prisoner On the Loose, A Cop Over the Edge. This Town Ain't Big Enough for the Both of Them. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 October 1968 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Coogans großer Bluff See more »

Filming Locations:

Sedona, Arizona, USA See more »

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Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to screenwriter Dean Riesner, who held script meetings after hours with Clint Eastwood in his hotel, "I'd leave his suite, and I'd be going down the hall and there'd be some girl coming down the hall from the opposite direction and heading into Clint's room." Added Riesner: "There were always a bunch of girls around him, I'll tell you that. Gals from the office, gals around the set, gals in the picture." See more »

Goofs

Lampposts: The movie is set in New York yet shows side street lighting usually found in San Francisco. By 1967, half of New York had replaced street lighting with new aluminum poles, and those that had not been replaced would have seen the more common 'bishops crook' masts or 'long arm' poles. 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.
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Alternate Versions

When originally released theatrically in the UK, the BBFC made cuts to secure an 'X' rating. All cuts were waived in 1994 when the film was granted an '15' certificate for home video. See more »

Connections

Referenced in All-Star Party for Clint Eastwood (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

Everybody
Lyrics by Wally Holmes
Music by Lalo Schifrin
Sung by The Pigeon-Toed Orange Peels
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Great Fun! and a whole lot more.
8 July 2010 | by muswellmoviesSee all my reviews

It would be easy to dismiss this movie as lightweight entertainment however this is a much more interesting film if for no other reason than it is the first pairing of Siegel and Eastwood one of the most interesting partnerships in cinema that between 1968 and 1971 produced four good movies and at least one classic, "Dirty Harry". In this film Clint forged a bridge between his cowboy persona and the contemporary characters that he went on to play. While it was released to theatres the frame compositions look better in 4;3 TV ratio suggesting that like another Siegel film, "The Killers" this was produced with TV in mind and released to cinemas when the quality of the piece became apparent. I think this might explain why it has taken so long for a 1.85 transfer to be released and why the quality of the DVD is so poor, full frame prints look fine. Also the use of what looks like pre-standing sets gives it a low budget TV feel. With "Play Misty for me" Clint became a director and Siegel appeared as an actor thus the partnership was ended, the pupil became the master. Clints style as a director owes much to Siegel and he still has the economy which was a hallmark of Siegels work. Another partnership that began in this film was with actor Albert Popwell who went on to appear with Clint in the first four Dirty Harry movies,portraying a different role in each film. So as an Eastwood or a Siegel fan this is a must see pivotal movie and contains much of their trade mark craft even on a low budget. Don Stroud is as ever a bonus as is Susan Clark.


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