Coogan's Bluff

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Overview

This U.S. release of Don Siegel's Coogan's Bluff is doubly welcome -- for some reason, the movie was available in Australia (of all markets) three years earlier. And except for a short-lived laserdisc release sometime in the '90s, Don Siegel's Coogan's Bluff hasn't been seen in its R-rated version, or in its proper non-anamorphic widescreen aspect ratio, since its original release in 1968. The opening sequence depicting a chase and duel between two armed men on the Arizona desert benefits from the 1.85:1 aspect ...
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Overview

This U.S. release of Don Siegel's Coogan's Bluff is doubly welcome -- for some reason, the movie was available in Australia (of all markets) three years earlier. And except for a short-lived laserdisc release sometime in the '90s, Don Siegel's Coogan's Bluff hasn't been seen in its R-rated version, or in its proper non-anamorphic widescreen aspect ratio, since its original release in 1968. The opening sequence depicting a chase and duel between two armed men on the Arizona desert benefits from the 1.85:1 aspect ratio, but even better are the vistas of New York City that fill the screen at 12-and-a-half minutes in. The whole movie is something of an exercise in visual nostalgia, and not just cultural nostalgia-- the Cloisters and Fort Tryon Park haven't changed too much, but the Pan-Am building is no longer called the Pan-Am building, and they stopped landed choppers on its rooftop heliport about five years later when one of the helicopters cracked up during a seemingly routine maneuver and left some people dead. The R rating was the result mostly of the introduction of a virtually nude female dancer and a mostly nude model at the Pigeon-Toed Orange Peel club, inspired by the Electric Circus on St. Marks Place, and the violence of the fight in the pool room, which did help set a new standard for stunt work and movie violence at the time -- all this is back in style, and if some of the blood looks a little fake, the surrounding mayhem doesn't. There are also a lot of faces in here that subsequently became a lot more familiar and some character players who were still recognizable (pinup queen Meg Myles in the small role of Big Red, Tom Tully among other '50s figures, veteran black actor James Edwards as an undercover cop [in an excellent scene with Clint Eastwood and Lee J. Cobb], Louis Zorich as a larcenous cab driver, David Doyle as a sinister pool hall owner, and Albert Popwell and future Byrds member Skip Battin as denizens of the East Village). The 18 chapters break the 95-minute movie down more than adequately and are keyed as much to different locales around the city as they are to various plot elements. The optional subtitles include French, Spanish, and English, and the whole disc opens up automatically on a simple, easy-to-use menu -- the only thing missing is a trailer and maybe an ad or two, which would have told us how the movie was originally sold to the public, and how much of the R rating showed up in theatrical and television spots. Incidentally, the name "Coogan's Bluff" has a dual meaning, referring to the plot of this film and Eastwood's character, but it's also referring to a specific location in northern Manhattan in Highbridge Park, near where the old Polo Grounds stood (home of the baseball Giants when they were based in New York), where part of the movie's final chase takes place.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; [None specified]
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Costello
While Don Siegel's fish-out-of-water cop film is a stylish action film, it also features a fine understated comic performance by Clint Eastwood. The story concerns a Stetson-wearing deputy who comes to New York in pursuit of an escaped killer (Don Stroud). Apparently the only film Eastwood ever shot in New York, it derives its comic energy from the repugnance with which his uptight deputy regards almost everyone and everything he encounters in the city, from the compassion of social workers for obviously undeserving criminals, to the miles of red tape that tie cops in knots, to the more flagrant antics of the 1968 vintage counterculture. The expression on Eastwood's face as he observes the chemically influenced activities unfolding at a club based on the famed Electric Circus is alone worth the price of admission. More seriously, the casting of Stroud, an actor of limited talent and a physical presence hinting at recent simian ancestry, implies that the criminal is an animal being hunted in a urban jungle. In touching on the frustrations of police bureaucracy, it presages the Eastwood's enduringly popular Dirty Harry series. Aside from the star, Lee J. Cobb is also excellent as a put-upon cop, as is the spirited Susan Clark.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/1/2004
  • UPC: 025192053528
  • Original Release: 1968
  • Rating:

  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:35:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 25,484

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Clint Eastwood Coogan
Lee J. Cobb McElroy
Susan Clark Julie
Tisha Sterling Linny
Don Stroud Ringerman
Betty Field Mrs. Ringerman
Tom Tully Sheriff McCrea
Conrad Bain Man on Madison Avenue
Marjorie Bennett Mrs. Fowler
Seymour Cassel Young Hood
John Coe Bellboy
Rudy Diaz Running Bear
David F. Doyle Pushie
James Edwards Sgt. Jackson
James W. Gavin Ferguson
James Gavin Ferguson
Albert Henderson Desk Sergeant
Melodie Johnson Millie
Syl Lamont Manager
James McCallion Room Clerk
Meg Myles Big Red
Jess Osuna Prison Hospital Guard
Albert Popwell Wonderful Digby
Antonia Rey Mrs. Amador
Don Siegel Elevator passenger
Jerry Summers Good Eyes
Kristoffer Tabori Elevator passenger
Louis Zorich Taxi Driver
Technical Credits
Don Siegel Director, Producer
Alexander Golitzen Art Director
John P. Austin Set Decoration/Design
Paul R. Baxley Jr. Stunts
Joe Cavalier Asst. Director
Helen Colvig Costumes/Costume Designer
Wally Holmes Songwriter
Richard E. Lyons Executive Producer
Robert C. MacKichan Art Director
John McCarthy Set Decoration/Design
Herman Miller Screenwriter
Dean Riesner Screenwriter
Howard Rodman Screenwriter
Lalo Schifrin Score Composer
Bud Thackery Cinematographer
Waldon O. Watson Sound/Sound Designer
Sam E. Waxman Editor
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Indian Trail (Main Titles) [6:33]
2. Sidetracked [5:43]
3. Extraditing a Fugitive [7:45]
4. No Need for Violence [5:36]
5. Getting Comfy [4:18]
6. Hit the Jackpot [4:15]
7. Start Bluffing [5:26]
8. Wrong Number [4:43]
9. Buffalo Bill [6:17]
10. This Isn't the O.K. Corral [6:59]
11. Priviledged Information [5:11]
12. Looking for Someone Special [5:53]
13. Visiting After Midnight [4:29]
14. Pool Hall Brawl [6:51]
15. Take Me to Him [5:41]
16. Citizen's Arrest [4:55]
17. Say Goodbye [2:46]
18. End Titles [:48]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Scenes
   Languages
      Spoken Language: English
      Captions & Subtitles
         Captions
            Captioned: English for the Hearing Impaired
         Subtitles
            Español
            Français
            None
   Play
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    The Movie is a good one that Clint Eastwood made. But I like his Movies, missing a few for my collection.

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