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Coogan's Bluff (1968)

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

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(as Donald Siegel)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Coogan
... Lt. McElroy
... Julie Roth
... Linny Raven
... James Ringerman
... Ellen Ringerman
... Sheriff McCrea
... Millie
... Sgt. Jackson
... Running Bear
... Pushie (as David F. Doyle)
... Taxi Driver
... Big Red
... Mrs. Fowler
... 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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Clint Eastwood gives New York 24 hours... to get out of town! See more »


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Release Date:

17 October 1968 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Coogans großer Bluff  »

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Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Color:

(Technicolor) (uncredited)

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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

During the motorcycle chase, when Coogan follows Ringerman's motorcycle up two short flights of stone steps in the park, the stunt rider for Clint Eastwood clearly badly clips the stone wall with the right handlebar and loses control as he tries to make the right turn off the top flight. The film cuts to another shot before what would have been the inevitable crash. 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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Connections

Referenced in Endeavour: Arcadia (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Pigeon-Toed Orange Peel
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 See 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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