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Coogan's Bluff (1968)

Arizona Deputy Sheriff Coogan (Clint Eastwood) 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

Arizona Deputy Sheriff Coogan (Clint Eastwood) is sent to New York City to collect James Ringerman (Don Stroud), a prisoner who escaped from custody in Arizona. Everyone in New York City 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 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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Before "Dirty Harry"... there was Coogan. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 October 1968 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Coogan's Bluff See more »

Filming Locations:

Sedona, Arizona, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$3,110,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,110,000
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Coogan's Bluff in New York City is the name of a large cliff extending northward from 155th Street in Manhattan. It once was the site of the fabled Polo Grounds, home of the New York baseball Giants, and the first home of the New York Mets before the Polo Grounds were demolished in 1964. See more »

Goofs

The character played by James Edwards in this movie (the undercover detective on the stairs in Mrs. Ringerman's apartment) is called "Sgt. Wallace" during the movie. However, in the closing credits, he is credited as playing "Sgt. Jackson". See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Ellen Ringerman: [to Coogan, who's looking for her son] I don't usually make no deals with cops.
Coogan: Be smart if you did...
Mrs. Ellen Ringerman: Smart? Smartness is one thing, motherhood's another
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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 »

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Features Tarantula (1955) See more »

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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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"You better drop that blade, or you won't believe what happens next, even while it's happening."
24 August 2009 | by emperor_benderSee all my reviews

While Dirty Harry watches over the streets of San Francisco, Coogan watches over Texas...I mean Arizona.

Clint Eastwood plays Coogan, a man who is sent to New York to bring back prisoner James Ringerman (Don Stroud) to Arizona, his jurisdiction (although many assume at first he is from Texas due to the fact he nearly dresses like a cowboy). However, after confronting Lt. McElroy, Coogan finds out that he can't just take Ringerman as is, that he must go through a long process. Coogan, being a no-nonsense cop with his own rules, decides to make his own way to get Ringerman. Along the way he must get through Linny (James' girl; played by Susan Clark), Julie (Linny's probation officer; played by Tisha Sterling), Pushie (Ringerman's buddy; played by David Doyle), McElroy, and even Ringerman's mom (played by Betty Field).

There were numerous chase/fight/confrontation scenes, however even with all that and Clint Eastwood and the expert directing of Don Siegel, the movie still falls slightly short. That doesn't mean it isn't entertaining however.

7/10


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