Arizona Deputy Sheriff Coogan (Clint Eastwood) is sent to New York City to escort an escaped fugitive back for trial.


Don Siegel (as Donald Siegel)


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





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 ... John, Young Hood


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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Clint Eastwood and Don Stroud appeared in Joe Kidd (1972). See more »


Julie's file drawer marked N-R has the Rs up front, going Rice, Root, Richards, Raven, an unworkable system. See more »


Coogan: [panting] I'm making a citizen's arrest.
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Alternate Versions

Videotape and DVD versions of Coogan's Bluff are edited by approximately three minutes in all regions for unknown reasons. The missing scenes include Coogan receiving his assignment to return Ringerman from New York, a short scene in a hospital, and a scene in which Julie talks about Coogan's Bluff, a lookout point over the ocean near New York (the real Coogan's Bluff is a site on Manhattan Island between Washington Heights and Harlem), tying the location into the film's title. (Wikipedia claims these edits were only on the DVD, but they were on the rental.) See more »


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.


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Release Date:

10 October 1968 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Coogan's Bluff See more »

Filming Locations:

Sedona, Arizona, USA See more »


Box Office


$1,500,000 (estimated)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Technicolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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