Any Which Way You Can

December 17th, 1980


Any Which Way You Can

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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...

Release Year: 1980

Rating: 5.7/10 (7,027 voted)

Director: Buddy Van Horn

Stars: Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, Geoffrey Lewis

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'.

Writers: Jeremy Joe Kronsberg, Stanford Sherman

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

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

Release Date: 17 December 1980

Filming Locations: Bakersfield, California, USA

Gross: $70,700,000 (USA)

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Did You Know?

The Playboy magazine that the motel clerk is looking at is the June 1980 issue featuring Dorothy Stratten.

Revealing mistakes: When the bikers are fighting over the wigs, the 'invisible' cap covering the hair of one of the bikers is clearly loose - the biker with the red bandanna round his neck.

[repeated line]
Philo Beddoe: Right turn, Clyde.

User Review

Okay, One Of Clint's Mokey Movies, But Still Pretty Funny

Rating: 7/10

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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