Any Which Way You Can (1980) - Rotten Tomatoes

Any Which Way You Can (1980)




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This sequel to Every Which Way But Loose finds Philo Beddoe (Clint Eastwood) on the road, orangutan companion Clyde in tow, as he makes his way as a bare-knuckle fighter. The action begins with Philo punching out a new victim while Clyde relieves himself on the seat of a police car, setting the tone for the rest of the story. From there, Philo and Clyde return home, where Philo, who still lives with Ma (Ruth Gordon), is offered a contest with Jack Wilson (William Smith), the Mafia-sponsored East Coast bare-knuckle champ. Philo inadvertently saves Wilson's life, but then the Mafia kidnaps his girlfriend (Sondra Locke) to force him to go ahead with the match. Philo and Wilson team up to battle the Mob, but somehow they end up fighting anyway in a grueling climactic sequence. Country music, bikers, the Mafia, an orangutan, pick-up trucks, defecation jokes, fighting, drinking, and swearing -- it's all here in this lowbrow comic stew.more
Rating: PG (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Stanford Sherman, Jeremy Joe Kronsberg
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 7, 2002
Warner Bros. Pictures


Clint Eastwood
as Philo Beddoe
Sondra Locke
as Lynn Halsey-Taylor
William Smith
as Jack Wilson
Harry Guardino
as James Beekman
Michael Cavanaugh
as Patrick Scarfe
Barry Corbin
as Fat Zack
John Quade
as Cholla
Al Ruscio
as Tony Rapoli Sr.
Dan Vadis
as Frank
Dan Barrows
as Baggage Man
Michael Brockman
as Moustache Officer
Dick Christie
as Jackson Officer
Rebecca Clemons
as Buxon Bess
Reid Cruickshanks
as Bald Headed Trucker
Michael Currie
as Wyoming Officer
Anne Ramsey
as Loretta Quince
Logan Ramsey
as Luther Quince
Gary Lee Davis
as Husky Officer
Dick Durock
as Joe Casey
Jim Stafford
as Long John
Michael Fairman
as CHP Captain
Lynn Hallowell
as Honey Bun
James Gammon
as Bartender
Ann Nelson
as Harriet
Weston Gavin
as Beekman's Butler
Peter Hobbs
as Motel Clerk
Art La Fleur
as Baggage Man #2
Ken Lerner
as Tony Paoli, Jr.
Robin Menken
as Tall Woman
George Murdock
as Sgt. Cooley
Jack Murdock
as Little Melvin
Sunshine Parker
as Old Codger
Kent Perkins
as Trucker
Tessa Richarde
as Sweet Sue
Bill Sorrells
as Bakersfield Officer
Michael Talbott
as Officer Morgan
Mark L. Taylor
as Desk Clerk
Jack Thibeau
as Head Muscle
Jerry Brutsche
as Black Widow
Larry Holt
as Black Widow
Fats Domino
as Himself
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Critic Reviews for Any Which Way You Can

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (5)

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | July 28, 2002
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Perhaps the most disposable film Eastwood has ever made.

Full Review… | July 11, 2005
Lessons of Darkness

Audience Reviews for Any Which Way You Can

A laugh-out-loud great time. An endlessly hilarious and action-packed movie that's more fun than the original film. Clint and Clyde are back and delivering the laughs and heart that you love. Their isn't no other way but the fun way with this movie. It gets better every time i watch it. A wacky, wild and dazzlingly funny movie.

Al S

Super Reviewer


Clint Eastwood still acts wonderfully and the film has slightly better pacing than its predecessor but ultimately the jokes are tired and resultingly the film is any which way but good.

Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer


Interesting how a film can average 3 stars on Flixster, but 4.5 on Netflix. I agree more with the latter. I have no shame telling anyone that Clint's my favorite actor of all time, and this is yet another one that rocks (all of them do to me, though, whether he acts, directs, or both). I found "Any Which Way You Can" to have a good bit of humor, nice fighting scenes, good music that fits the western theme, and the ape doesn't bother me at all. I found the ape to add more to this film than it did in the original ("Right turn, Clyde" *punch!*). Oh yeah, brownie points for much of it being shot in Jackson, Wyoming, which I visited in '09 (I remember that elk horn arch!). And it was made right after I was born - that's also an extra cool factor. I loved it.

Jason Owens

Super Reviewer

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