Coogan's Bluff

1968

Coogan's Bluff

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Clint Eastwood stars as Walt Coogan, an Arizona deputy sheriff who has been sent to New York City to extradite escaped killer James Ringerman (Don Stroud). On arrival, he's forced to wait by NYPD detective Lieutenant McElroy (Lee J. Cobb), who informs him that Ringerman is recovering from a bad acid trip at Bellevue Hospital. After briefly flirting with attractive probation officer Julie Roth (Susan Clark), Coogan heads for Bellevue, where he's able to con the hospital's staff into releasing the criminal. The cop and the fugitive are on the way to catch a flight back to Arizona, when Ringerman's hippie girlfriend Linny (Tisha Sterling) and a large accomplice spirit the killer away, leaving Coogan unconscious. Luckily, Julie is the girl's probation officer, and Coogan manages to get her address from the woman's files while getting to know her better. He tracks the girl to a popular psychedelic club, whereupon, deciding she likes the deputy, she takes him back to her apartment for further interrogation. The first in a series of films on which Eastwood would collaborate with director Don Siegel, it features a memorable scene in which a battle fought with billiard balls and cue sticks suggests the birth of a new martial art. Although its seemingly innocuous scenes of sex and violence drew criticism at the time, it served as the source for television's considerably more benign McCloud, starring Dennis Weaver as the laconic fish out of water.

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Cast

Tisha Sterling
as Linny Raven
Betty Field
as Mrs. Ringerman
Tom Tully
as Sheriff McCrea
Lee J. Cobb
as Lt. McElroy
Rudy Diaz
as Running Bear
Louis Zorich
as Taxi Driver
Meg Myles
as Big Red
Marjorie Bennett
as Mrs. Fowler
Seymour Cassel
as Young Hood
John Coe
as Bellboy
Albert Popwell
as Wonderful Digby
Don Stroud
as Ringerman
Conrad Bain
as Madison Avenue Man
James Gavin
as Ferguson
Albert Henderson
as Desk Sergeant
Syl Lamont
as Room Clerk
Jess Osuna
as Prison Hospital Guard
Jerry Summers
as Good Eyes
Antonia Rey
as Mrs. Amador
Don Siegel
as Elevator passenger
Marya Henriques
as Go-Go Dancer
Kristoffer Tabori
as Elevator passenger
James McCallion
as Room Clerk
Diki Lerner
as Gay Boy (uncredited)
George Fargo
as Gay Boy (uncredited)
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Critic Reviews for Coogan's Bluff

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (5)

  • Story is of the clash between sophisticated law enforcement and frontier-style simplistics, which is perhaps one of the major internal American problems.

    Mar 26, 2009 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

    Variety
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  • Even Siegel's somehow off-centre treatment of New York hippiedom is intriguingly wry.

    Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…
    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • 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.

    May 9, 2005 | Rating: 2/5
  • Siegel knows what he wants and gets it.

    Oct 23, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…
  • A satisfying police yarn with some really great, physically hefty location photography.

    Aug 21, 2014 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

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