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Every Which Way but Loose (1978)

The San Fernando Valley adventures of trucker turned prize-fighter Philo Beddoe and his pet orangutan Clyde.

Director:

James Fargo
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Clint Eastwood ... Philo Beddoe
Sondra Locke ... Lynn Halsey-Taylor
Geoffrey Lewis ... Orville
Beverly D'Angelo ... Echo
Walter Barnes ... Tank Murdock
George Chandler ... Clerk at D.M.V.
Roy Jenson ... Woody
James McEachin ... Herb
Bill McKinney ... Dallas
William O'Connell ... Elmo
John Quade ... Cholla
Dan Vadis ... Frank
Gregory Walcott ... Putnam
Hank Worden ... Trailer Court Manager
Ruth Gordon ... Ma
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Storyline

Philo Beddoe (Clint Eastwood) is an easy-going trucker and a great fist-fighter. With two friends, Orville (Geoffrey Lewis), who promotes prize-fights for him, and Clyde (Manis the Orangutan), the orangutan he won on a bet, he roams the San Fernando Valley in search of cold beer, country music, and the occasional punch-up. But he is floored by dainty little country and western singer, Lynn Halsey-Taylor (Sondra Locke), who gives him the slip when she realizes he's getting too serious. Phil, Clyde, and Orville set off in pursuit, pestered by bikers. Written by David Wark <dwark@automail.com>

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Clint Eastwood will turn you Every Which Way But Loose

Genres:

Action | Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Trivia

This movie was shot on-location, including the California communities of Bakersfield, North Hollywood, San Fernando, Sun Valley, Ukiah, and Van Nuys. It was also filmed in Colorado, including parts of Denver, Aurora, and historic Georgetown. A few scenes were also filmed in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and Taos, all in New Mexico. See more »

Goofs

While Echo fires two rounds into the side of beef, the cigar falls out of the man's mouth twice. See more »

Quotes

Philo Beddoe: [Philo and Lynn are riding in his truck] If you don't like him, they why do you stay with him?
Lynn Halsey-Taylor: [talking while singing along with the radio] Because he promised to help me get the $7,000.
Philo Beddoe: For what?
Lynn Halsey-Taylor: For the down payment.
Philo Beddoe: What do you want to buy?
Lynn Halsey-Taylor: My own club back home in Denver. I'm going to call it the Lynn Halsey-Taylor Drinking Fountain. That's going to be the name of my group too, and I'll have talent night three days a week.
Philo Beddoe: How much of the $7,000 do you have already?
Lynn Halsey-Taylor: He won't tell me.
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Connections

Referenced in Cannonball Run II (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

I Seek The Night
Written by Neil Diamond (uncredited)
Sung by Sondra Locke
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There's just something endearing about this orangutan and his truck-driving best buddy; an unexpected joy.
12 February 2018 | by Pjtaylor-96-138044See all my reviews

Sure, 'Every Which Way But Loose (1978)' is silly, but there's just something inherently endearing about seeing an orangutan and his truck-driving best buddy drink beer, get laid (yes, the ape sees some action) and bare-knuckle brawl their way through bent coppers and members of a Nazi biker gang as they traipse across the country after a girl who's up and vanished with both Eastwood's heart and a fistful (seven thousand) of his Dollars. It is a delightfully light flick, the brazenly bizarre core concepts are gleefully glossed over to the point of pure passive acceptance on the part of the audience, and as such is highly entertaining throughout, settling into its loose plot with a relaxed pace that pushes it from fun set-piece to fun set-piece while constantly keeping a smile on your face and burrowing its own private place within your heart. An unexpected joy. 7/10


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 December 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Coming of Philo Beddoe See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,272,294, 24 December 1978

Gross USA:

$85,196,485

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$85,196,485
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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