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Every Which Way but Loose

By Robert Lane

Clint Eastwood's 1978 comedy introduces Filo Beddoe, a truck driver and mechanic whose daily life is an absurd grind. He's constantly coming up short on money, love, and anything else to help him get through the day, while also saddled with a loony mother (deliciously played by Ruth Gordon), a best friend (Geoffrey Lewis) who's not too swift on the uptake, and an orangutan named Clyde who fights almost as well as Clint. While moonlighting as a bare-knuckle fighter, Clint finally meets the girl of his dreams (Sondra Locke), a snooty country singer who rebuffs him even as he pursues her, trailed by bikers and brawlers. It's Eastwood's magnetism and charm that make this more than a mere string of comic sketches, and things move along quickly enough to be entertaining, if a little thin. Clyde is a natural scene-stealer, but it's Ruth Gordon's crazy, cranky old coot who steals the movie.

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"A fun movie that I continue to enjoy. It remines me of the urban cowboy days and an America that we may never know again. Mr Eastwood at his best."

--boots

"This is the ultimate Clint Eastwood movie, it has comedy,romance,and action, and besides Clyde is the cute, and also funny, the soundtrack is also very good."

--AllenBigAl79

"I would have to disagree with the previous 2 comments. I'm used to the Clint I know & love from Dirty Harry, Coogan's Bluff, The Eiger Sanction, The Beguiled and Play Misty For Me. And Clint can be funny too (Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, City Heat). But I just could not get into this one. I thought Clint just looked plain embarrassed to be in this. The Bikers were silly beyond words and Sondra Locke was HORRIBLE ! I'm glad the Film has some fans. I'd hate to think Clint went through this for nothing (besides the millions He probably got). This Film may even be worse than Pink Cadillac !"

--Michael C.

 

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Buy this VHS movie from Amazon.com! (Click here!)Buy this DVD from Amazon.com! (Click here!)Soundtrack unavailable at Amazon.com - try eBay (see links below)Rated PGNot on an American Film Institute 100 list

Director: James Fargo

Stars: Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, Geoffrey Lewis, Beverly D'Angelo, Ruth Gordon, Clyde (Chimp)

Released: December 20, 1978

Availability: DVD VHS


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