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Any Which Way You Can (1980)

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A trucker turned prize fighter, his brother and their pet orangutan have a series of misadventures involving the mob, corrupt cops, motorcycle gangs and pretty dames.

Director:

Buddy Van Horn

Writers:

Stanford Sherman, Jeremy Joe Kronsberg (characters)
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Clint Eastwood ... Philo Beddoe
Sondra Locke ... Lynn Halsey-Taylor
Geoffrey Lewis ... Orville
William Smith ... Jack Wilson
Harry Guardino ... James Beekman
Ruth Gordon ... Ma
Michael Cavanaugh ... Patrick Scarfe
Barry Corbin ... Fat Zack
Roy Jenson ... Moody
Bill McKinney ... Dallas
William O'Connell ... Elmo
John Quade ... Cholla
Al Ruscio ... Tony Paoli Sr.
Dan Vadis ... Frank
Camila Ashland ... Hattie (as Camila Ashlend)
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Storyline

Philo takes part in a bare knuckle fight - as he does - to make some more money than he can earn from his car repair business. He decides to retire from fighting, but when the Mafia come along and arrange another fight, he is pushed into it. A motorcycle gang and an orangutan called Clyde all add to the 'fun'. Written by Colin Tinto <cst@imdb.com>

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Taglines:

Faster, funnier and wilder. It'll knock you out.

Genres:

Action | Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 December 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mit Vollgas nach San Fernando See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,024,663, 21 December 1980, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$70,687,344, 30 June 2012
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (DeLuxe)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The bar shown at the beginning of the movie was the actual "Palomino Club" on Lankershim Blvd. in North Hollywood, CA. The inside scenes are the actual inside of the club. See more »

Goofs

After the barroom fight, the camera cuts to the band playing at the bar. The musicians are not even trying to look like they play the instruments. The piano player sort of twiddles his fingers above the keys, while the guitar player just stops strumming while the music, including his guitar, continues to play. See more »

Quotes

Jack Wilson: We're even.
Philo Beddoe: No. I owe ya.
[Philo punches Wilson]
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Alternate Versions

In the version shown on network television, scenes were added that were cut from the theatrical and home video versions. Those scenes include: Big Tony's thugs shooting Beekman's snake (the scene showing Beekman later eating the snake when he finds out the fight is on exist in all prints) and Big Tony ordering his commercial jet to head back to Jackson for the big fight. The final credits are time compressed or speeded up to end sooner. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Every Which Way She Can (1981) See more »

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Cow Patti
Written by Jim Stafford (as J. Stafford)
Sung by Jim Stafford
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Guilty Pleasure
12 November 2001 | by subcityiiSee all my reviews

This movie is one my guilty pleasures. I enjoy it a lot, but I know deep down that I shouldn't. I guess the reason I like it is because it has a unique gallery of characters. You've got bare knuckle fighters, a bald biker gang, underworld crime figures, a befuddled couple on their second honeymoon, corrupt state troopers and not one, not two, but three perverted motel managers. On top of all them, the best character in the movie is an orangutan named Clyde! I also like the exciting fight scenes, particularly the climatic fight, well staged in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. It is the rare sequel that is far superior to the original. For many, that is not saying much but it is enough for me.


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