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An Arizona deputy goes to New York City to escort a fugitive back into custody.

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Don Siegel (as Donald Siegel)

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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 cop, is sent to New York to collect a prisoner. Everyone in New York assumes Coogan is from Texas, much to his annoyance. To add to Coogan's problems the prisoner isn't ready, so he decides to cut a few corners. In the process the prisoner escapes, and Coogan is ordered home. Too proud to return home empty handed, Coogan sets out into the big city to recapture his prisoner. Written by Rob Hartill

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Just before the shooting, Clint Eastwood had never heard of Don Siegel and Siegel had never heard nor seen any film where Eastwood acted. So both, from their side, watched several movies of each other. See more »

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At 28:03, the 'Bellman' opens the shade and the window. At 28:23, Clint opens the window again. See more »

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Det. Lt. McElroy, NYPD: My regards to Texa... um... Arizona.
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Pigeon-Toed Orange Peel
Lyrics by Wally Holmes
Music by Lalo Schifrin
Sung by The Pigeon-Toed Orange Peels
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Before "Dirty Harry"...
18 April 1999 | by bwaynefSee all my reviews

With less violence and the addition of a comical bent, "Coogan's Bluff" became the inspiration for the long running TV series "McCloud" starring Dennis Weaver. For director Don Siegal, it was, like the same year's "Madigan," another early examination of the maverick police officer that would reach its zenith with 1971's "Dirty Harry." For Eastwood, it's an interesting blend of the genre for which he was best known at the time--the western--and of the urban crime thrillers with which he would achieve superstardom. This one isn't as exciting as "Dirty Harry," and the fish out of water theme (ala "Mr. Deeds Goes to Town") helps to excuse some of the more unpleasant aspects of the character's law and order at any cost mentality, but "Coogan's Bluff" has an abundance of smart-a** humor to make it memorable. Eastwood is very effectively cast, and it is to his credit that he was willing to play such an unlikable and offensive SOB at this relatively early stage of his big-screen career. (Can you imagine Gregory Peck in this role?)


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