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Every Which Way But Loose (1978)


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Release Date: Dec 20, 1978 Wide



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Clint Eastwood's first comedy feature proved to be one of his most profitable vehicles. Eastwood plays Philo Beddoe, a bare-knuckle boxer who travels from fight to fight in a beat-up truck, accompanied by his "pal" Clyde, a orangutan with a mean right hook, and his human buddy Orville (Geoffrey Lewis). During a stopover, Philo meets and falls in love with would-be country & western singer Lynn Halsey-Taylor (Sondra Locke). After a while, she wants to break off the relationship, but he doesn't --


Action & Adventure, Comedy

Jeremy Joe Kronsberg

May 7, 2002

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All Critics (17) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (4) | Rotten (9) | DVD (5)

Just weird enough to work as a fun time capsule in a half-baked sort of way.

August 12, 2011 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
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An amusing redneck comedy from that brief period of time when Clint Eastwood was copying Burt Reynolds.

October 8, 2005
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Every which way but good.

January 1, 2005 Full Review Source:

Goofy but amiable comedy with great country music.

May 18, 2004
Film Journal International

Clint and an organgutan....

September 19, 2002 | Comments (3)

A career low for Eastwood. Oh wait, except for the sequel.

July 25, 2002 | Comment (1)

...probably the single most mediocre film Eastwood ever made, but the public loved it...

May 20, 2002 | Comments (2)
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Audience Reviews for Every Which Way But Loose

A comic classic. Clint Eastwood is terrific in his first comedy feature with a orangutan who proves to be more than a worthy sidekick. A hilarious and enormously entertaining adventure that`s just a pure blast. A tremendously fun and exciting action-packed comedy. You cant help but love this movie for its humor and heart. It`s nothing but a good time. A true gem that you don't want to miss.
December 6, 2012

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Every Which Way is suprisingly good considering Eastwood wasn't made for this sort of movie. It boasts memorable lines and characters and although it has it's flaws ncluding its god-awful pacing. Every Which Way But Loose is uninspired but fun entertainment.
December 2, 2011
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Clint Eastwood wins an orangutan in a fist fight and they quickly become best friends. A bizarrely charming movie ensues.
April 13, 2011

Super Reviewer

Just a really great movie. It's Clint Eastwood onscreen kicking ass for two hours. He uses his god given guns to defeat the bad guys and woo the ladies. This is a really fun experience that manages to be funny without being cheesy. I love Clyde and his talents (flipping people off, drinking beer and having sex at the zoo), he seemed like a true best friend to Clint Eastwood.
December 5, 2010

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