Every Which Way But Loose

1978

Every Which Way But Loose

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37%

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Total Count: 27

56%

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Movie Info

In this comedy, Clint Eastwood plays Philo Beddoe, a bare-knuckle boxer who travels from fight to fight, accompanied by his "pal" Clyde, a orangutan with a mean right hook, and his human buddy Orville. During a stopover, Philo meets and falls in love with would-be country/western singer Lynn Halsey-Taylor.

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Cast

Clint Eastwood
as Philo Beddoe
Sondra Locke
as Lynn Halsey-Taylor
George Chandler
as Clerk at DMV
Walter Barnes
as Tank Murdock
Jeannette Louise Cole
as Palamino girl
Sam Gilman
as Fat Guy's Buddy
Tim Irwin
as Musician
Hank Worden
as Trailer Court Manager
John Quade
as Cholla
Dan Vadis
as Frank
Jerry Brutsche
as Street Sweeper Driver
Cary Michael Cheifer
as Kincaid's Manager
Chuck Hicks
as Truck Driver
Jackson D. Kane
as Man at Bowling Alley
Fritz Manes
as Bartender at Zanzabar
Michael Mann
as Church's Manager
Lloyd Nelson
as Bartender
George Orrison
as Fight Spectator
Thelma Pelish
as Lady Customer
Tom Runyon
as Bartender at Palomino
Bruce Scott
as Schyler
Hartley Silver
as Bartender
Jan Stratton
as Waitress
Guy Way
as Bartender
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Critic Reviews for Every Which Way But Loose

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (10) | Rotten (17)

  • Eastwood has the best double take in the business, there are some interesting glimpses of blue-collar LA, and the downbeat ending displays a genuine moral intelligence.

    Mar 26, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The plot remains as flat as the treacly country-western score.

    Mar 26, 2019 | Full Review…
  • For Eastwood fans, the essential elements are there. Lots of people get beat up, Eastwood walks tall and looks nasty, cars are crashed. James Fargo directs limply.

    Mar 26, 2019 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

    Variety
    Top Critic
  • The whole thing seems like an indulgent, expensive home movie created by and for Eastwood's customary stock company of actors.

    Jan 26, 2006 | Full Review…

    Geoff Andrew

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • Far from showing off Mr. Eastwood to flattering advantage, this kind of format virtually eclipses his talents. Every Which Way but Loose... is the slackest and most harebrained of Mr. Eastwood's recent movies.

    May 9, 2005 | Full Review…
  • With Clint Eastwood at the wheel, the trip is not totally disagreeable.

    Mar 26, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Every Which Way But Loose

  • Sep 04, 2019
    Eastwood as a good ol' boy, bare-knuckle fighter who falls for a aspiring honky tonk singer (Sondra Locke). While seemingly amiable on the surface the work is fraught with interior tension, brooding hate and mistrust, that is Middle America. Interesting. Eastwood's only friend is an orangutan.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Dec 06, 2012
    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.
    Al S Super Reviewer
  • Nov 13, 2011
    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.
    Directors C Super Reviewer
  • Dec 05, 2010
    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.
    Conner R Super Reviewer

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