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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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Buddy Van Horn

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Stanford Sherman, Jeremy Joe Kronsberg (characters)
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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 »

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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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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (DeLuxe)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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As the fight begins, Clint is thrown into a restaurant in Jackson where he breaks his hand. This restaurant was Anthony's Italian which was closed in bank foreclosure and back taxes. It was later re-opened with all the set dressing and props left in place by the production company. It became a local attraction for awhile. See more »

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During the scene near the end where Beekman and his partner run from the Black Widows (and the hit men), Cholla reaches into the limo and takes the keys. While the camera angle is behind Cholla, you see him raise his hand above his head while holding the keys. Yet, as the angle switches to his left, his arm is just coming up from hip-level. See more »

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Cholla, Black Widow Leader: Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will chew on Philo Beddoe's ass for my last supper!
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The Further Adventures Of Clint And Clyde
8 March 2010 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Clint Eastwood fans will correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe hes only venture into screen'comedy are Every Which Way But Locse and its successor film. This isn't the kind of stuff that Cary Grant would have been doing, but the two films do keep with Clint's macho screen image and allow him to slug a few people with some laughs in between.

Nearly all the characters from Any Which Way But Loose are back in this film Any Which Way You Can. Clint is once again Philo Beddoe who works part time hauling away wrecked cars, but makes his real money in the illegal bare knuckle prize fight racket. Clint lives in southern California, probably in a place not unlike Carmel, California where he was mayor. He lives with his mother Ruth Gordon, his partner in auto collision work Geoffrey Lewis and his pet orangutan, Clyde.

The last film ended with Clint not winning Sondra Locke, the country singer he lost his heart to. But Sondra's back now and when Clint wants to back out of a bare knuckle fight with reigning eastern champion William Smith because he's tired of the racket, the gangsters backing the fight kidnap her to force him to go through with it.

As in the last film, Clyde the orangutan gets the lion's share of the laughs. The sex life of the orangutan gets even more screen time, Clint and Geoff Lewis don't just find a zoo with a female orangutan in it for Clyde to mate with, they actually get him an adjoining motel room with Clyde and his lady love in one room and Clint and Sondra in another.

William Smith has the most interesting part in the film, usually he's a thoroughgoing bad guy in his films, but in Any Which Way You Can he's got a sense of honor and fair play, much to the distress of Harry Guardino and the rest of the gangsters backing the fight.

Any Which Way You Can has the same sense of rollicking lowbrow comedy that the first film has, maybe more so. As Clint Eastwood moves into his eighties maybe he'll try comedy again. He'd be one great grumpy old man as he proved in Gran Torino.


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