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

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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

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Trivia

"Popi", the orangutan who played Clyde's girlfriend, now lives at the same ape sanctuary as Michael Jackson's chimpanzee, Bubbles, along with many other retired show business apes. See more »

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Minutes after getting soaked in the car wash the two bikers are seen running down the street completely dry. See more »

Quotes

[At a diner, Frank and Elmo, members of the Black Widows, have bought a beer for Lynn, to which Philo "cheers" to them. Frank and Elmo walk towards Philo, Lynn, and Orville]
Philo Beddoe: That's mighty nice of you.
Elmo: [shows Philo his Widow tattoo] You see that?
Philo Beddoe: An arm?
Elmo: No, that!
Philo Beddoe: A tattoo?
Elmo: He don't know what this means.
Frank: [shows Orville his Widow tattoo] Do you see that?
Orville Boggs: [sneezes] Ah-choo! Oh, sorry.
Philo Beddoe: Two tattoos.
[...]
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Connections

Referenced in The Angry Video Game Nerd: Dirty Harry (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Honky Tonk Fever
Written by Cliff Crofford (as C. Crofford) and Snuff Garrett (as T. Garrett)
Sung by Cliff Crofford
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Every Which Way But Loose
26 April 1999 | by Coxer99See all my reviews

Eastwood steps back from his macho action star image as he has a little fun in this first of two films (Any Which Way You Can is the other)that team the star up with an orangutan named "Clyde." It's not Hope and Crosby, but it is a fun pairing. The film doesn't take itself too seriously. It's having too much to do something silly like that.


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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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