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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Philo Beddoe
... Lynn Halsey-Taylor
... Orville
... Jack Wilson
... James Beekman
... Ma
... Patrick Scarfe
... Fat Zack
... Moody
... Dallas
... Elmo
... Cholla
... Tony Paoli Sr.
... Frank
... Hattie (as Camila Ashlend)
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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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Faster, funnier and wilder. It'll knock you out.

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Action | Comedy

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17 December 1980 (USA)  »

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Mit Vollgas nach San Fernando  »

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$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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Clint Eastwood's eighth film for Warner Brothers. See more »

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There are two bass guitar players on the stage during the first song sung by Sondra Locke ("One Too Many Women In Your Life"). One is standing on her left and the other is seated in the back wearing a white shirt and bluejeans. There are not two bass tracks in the song. See more »

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Cholla, Black Widow Leader: Why me Lord? You made other men out of clay. Mine, you made out of shit.
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One Too Many Women In Your Life
Written by John Durrill (as J. Durrill) and Phil Everly (as P. Everly)
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Okay, One Of Clint's Mokey Movies, But Still Pretty Funny
13 August 2005 | by See all my reviews

If any animal deserved its own trailer, chauffeured limousine and personal trainer, it would be Clyde.

"Any Which Way You Can" proves once and for all the similarities of ape to man (and in some cases, the ape's superiority).

Basically, this movie is a great improvement over the stillborn humor of "Every Which Way But Loose". Clint wisely plays straight man to Clyde, who provides the funniest moments, when not befriending William Smith ("Big Bill" Smith from the old biker movies. Go look it up.), then engaging in a bare-knuckle fight with him later on.

Everyone fares better in this movie, in fact. Sondra Locke is far more graceful, Geoffrey Lewis gets more laughs, even Ruth Gordon is seen as the next Bo Derek (bless her heart).

And if the Black Widows aren't more menacing this time around, well... that's kind of hard to do when you're wearing fake wigs and have penciled-in facial hair.

I've seen this movie so many times myself, that I have nearly the entire screenplay committed to memory. What more indelible impression could a filmmaker want to make than that?


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