Coogan's Bluff (1968)
Coogan (Clint Eastwood) is an Arizona deputy sheriff who pursues a criminal in New York City in order to bring him back to stand trial in his home state. The criminal is Ringerman (Don Stroud), a hippie whose crime is never mentioned. McElroy (Lee J.Cobb) plays the veteran urban detective who tries to make the silent sheriff aware of the pitfalls of the Big Apple. He is helped by probation officer Julie (Susan Clark), who provides the love interest when the cowboy Coogan longs to get back in the saddle again. Coogan chases Ringerman all over the city as guns blaze and fists fly. He takes his western sensibilities to track down the crook that the big city cops can't seen to corral in this action packed police drama. … More
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Critic Reviews for Coogan's Bluff
Story is of the clash between sophisticated law enforcement and frontier-style simplistics, which is perhaps one of the major internal American problems.
Even Siegel's somehow off-centre treatment of New York hippiedom is intriguingly wry.
The screenplay is so predictable in situation and so arch in its supposedly tough, blunt, wise talk that it turns into a joke told by someone with no sense of humor.
Eastwood's performance as the flawed, headstrong superman has been terribly underrated, but he brings to the part of Coogan a sure knowledge of the man's obvious strengths and not so obvious failings.
A satisfying police yarn with some really great, physically hefty location photography.
The film is like a cousin to the Western genre, with Coogan keeping his trap shut and his emotions to himself, but Siegel, with his expert craftsmanship, brisk pacing and exciting action, gives us plenty of other stuff to concentrate on.
This urban Western, the first collaboration with Don Siegel, is a significant transitional film in Eastwood's career and screen image, situated between his 1960s Spaghetti Westerns and the Dirty Harry film series of the 1970s.
A subtrama romântica é dispensável e J. Cobb é desperdiçado pelo filme. Ainda assim, Eastwood transforma o lacônico Coogan em um personagem interessante nesta sua primeira parceria com Siegel.
Eastwood moves from country to city ... with predictably entertaining results.
It lacks the punch of Dirty Harry but still makes for reasonably exciting viewing.
Audience Reviews for Coogan's Bluff
Coogan's Bluff is a well directed drama by director Don Siegel who would later collaborate with Clint Eastwood again with Dirty Harry and Escape from Alcatraz directs Eastwood who portrays Walt Coogan a Sheriff from Arizona tasked with bringing back a criminal into his custody in Arizona. For what it is, Coogan's Bluff is an entertaining film that is supported by a good cast of actors. However Clint Eastwood has made far better films than this. Siegel's directing is effective, and the cast do a good job in their roles. This is a good film that is a must see for Eastwood, and if you enjoy Eastwood in his prime, then give this film a shot. But be warned that the film is not as good as others in his career and Siegel would make a far better film with Dirty Harry, also starring Clint Eastwood. Enjoyable and with a compelling plot, Coogan's Bluff is a well crafted film that is a modern day Western and it works well enough for the viewer to be entertained for an hour and a half. At times the film does suffer, but is held together by a solid performance by Clint Eastwood. Aside from his Spaghetti Westerns, this is among his earlier works that shows how talented an actor Eastwood would become. If you're a fan of Eastwood's work, then give this one a shot, it's a well crafted film that has a good plot, good acting and good directing. As far as modern Westerns are concerned, Coogan's Bluff does the job right, and combines drama and a bit of action mixed with a cat and mouse plot to make it something memorable despite its flaws.More
Coogan: All right now, I don't like violence, Mr. Wonderful whatever your name is. You better drop that blade, or you won't believe what happens next, even while it's happening.
"Before "Dirty Harry"... there was Coogan."
A pre-Dirty Harry team up of Don Siegel and Clint Eastwood is pretty much what you would expect. It is Clint Eastwood playing his Harry Callahan character even before that character existed. The movie is nothing special, but if you like Eastwood, and you like Siegel; you can't really go wrong with Coogan's Bluff. I liked it for Siegel's cool ariel chase sequences and Eastwood's one-liners. Eastwood's character is a man of few words, fewer rules and many women.
An Arizona deputy comes to New York in order to take a prison back with him. When he gets there he is told that the prisoner is in a hospital, tripping on LSD and that he will just have to wait. But he doesn't play by the rules, so he hatches a scheme to get him out and go to Arizona, but the culprit gets away and the rest of the movie I am sure you can guess.
The film is definitely fun. It has the standard cop plot, with some awesome camera work. It has its problems, like a horrible depiction of the hippy scene with some of the most cliche stoner behavior I have ever seen. But other than I few plot missteps it is still a good first collaboration between Siegel and Eastwood. It isn't as good as Dirty Harry or near the brilliance of Escape from Alcatraz, but entertaining all the same.
It's an hour and a half of pure man, starring Clint Eastwood. Coogan hunts men like game, sleeps with their women, kills people via poolball and chokes out anyone who gives him a dirty look. It's more violent and less honorable than Dirty Harry, but that's why it works so well. Don Siegel does a great job at bringing together this very exploitative cop movie, yet still making it seem like art rather than trash. Part of that lies in the great camerawork, score and structure. You're never left bored or unimpressed with this very original and very cool Neo-Western.More
Dirty Harry's older brother was successful and is still highly regarded, I'm just not too sure why though. It's dated quite badly and has very few redeeming features, I'm not too sure what all the fuss is about!? Dirty Harry is 100 times better, Coogan's Bluff seems like a trial run where mistakes were made and lessons were learnt. Don't got out of your way, stick to Dirty Harry is all I can recommended here, sure it's a nice slice of late 60's life but I don't think it's a very accurate one. Anyone else thing that the 'Drug Den' looked like an old Batman set?More
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