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


James Fargo
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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


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 <>

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Clint Eastwood will turn you Every Which Way But Loose


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[Putnam & Herb arrive at Ma's house; Putnam knocks on the screen door]
Ma Boggs: Who is it?
Putnam: Police.
Ma Boggs: I'm coming. I'm coming, goddamn it! What do you want with an old lady?
Putnam: Ma'am, we're looking for Philo Beddoe. Our records say he lives at this here address.
Ma Boggs: Well, your records are wrong. He lives at that address in the back. What do you want him for?
Putnam: Just lookin' for him, ma'am.
Ma Boggs: Well, he don't live there anymore. He's gone off. Took that son-of-a-bitch Clyde with him.
Putnam: Clyde?
Ma Boggs: His ape!
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Sounds like something Burt Reynolds would be in!!
9 June 2000 | by coverme6See all my reviews

Clint Eastwood finally shows a funny, soft side to his macho persona in this humorous action/comedy about a good-hearted brawler who adopts a sneaky orangutan named Clyde and they embark in a funny journey for reasons God only knows why. With the gritty brawl scenes and the constant redneck humor, this would make the viewer wonder why did old Dirty Harry himself would be in a movie like this? It looks like something from the weird minds of Burt Reynolds and Hal Ne

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Release Date:

20 December 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Coming of Philo Beddoe See more »


Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,272,294, 24 December 1978

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1.85 : 1
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