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Every Which Way but Loose (1978)

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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 <dwark@automail.com>

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Clint Eastwood will turn you Every Which Way But Loose


Action | Comedy


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This is part of a cycle of ring fighter movies (mostly boxing, some wrestling) inspired by the box-office and critical success of Rocky (1976). The others being: Rocky II (1979), Rocky III (1982), Rocky IV (1985), Tough Enough (1983), Title Shot (1979), Raging Bull (1980), The Champ (1979), Matilda (1978), The Main Event (1979), The Prize Fighter (1979), The Greatest (1977), Body and Soul (1981), Paradise Alley (1978), ...All the Marbles (1981), The One and Only (1978), and Any Which Way You Can (1980). See more »


When the officer falls down at the lake and lands face-to-face with the rattlesnake, the glass separating the actor and rattlesnake is clearly visible. See more »


[Philo, Orville, and Echo are at the El Patio Mexican Restaurant having their dinners]
Echo: What are we supposed to do with all this stuff?
Philo Beddoe: [pours beer in a glass] Eat it, all of it.
Echo: All of it?
Philo Beddoe: All of it.
Echo: What if I can't?
Orville Boggs: [jokes] Well, then we'll give it to Clyde.
Philo Beddoe: Can you imagine what this stuff would do to Clyde's digestive track?
Orville Boggs: Oh, no.
Philo Beddoe: He already has enough gas to go to North Denver, and he's never seen a bean in his life.
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Referenced in T.J. Hooker: Thieves' Highway (1982) See more »


Every Which Way But Loose
Written by Steve Dorff (as S. Dorff), Milton Brown (as M. Brown) and Snuff Garrett (as T. Garrett)
Sung by Eddie Rabbitt
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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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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

Gross USA:


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1.85 : 1
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