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Any Which Way You Can
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Any Which Way You Can

Director: Buddy Van Horn

Cast: Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, Ruth Gordon

 

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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

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
Hard as it may be to believe, this sequel and its predecessor, Every Which Way But Loose (1978), were major hits of the "good ol' boy" school of filmmaking dominated by stars Clint Eastwood and Burt Reynolds in the late '70s. Featuring car chases, rotund idiot cops or bikers in pursuit, some sort of goofy animal frolic, country tunes, and tee shirt-clad he-men good with their fists and CB radios but emotionally challenged by women, the type came and went (thankfully) in a flash, but wracked up some serious box-office coin. Gleefully embracing the conventions of its bizarre genre, this flimsy excuse for drunken brawling, pratfalls, and lowbrow monkey humor actually works almost as well as the film that preceded it. Director Buddy Van Horn and Eastwood don't pretend to make more of it than it is, and keep the pace taut, the jokes flying -- so that you don't notice the clunkers as much -- and wisely get scene stealer Ruth Gordon to re-up as the protagonist's salty mater. If it all seems a retread of the first flick, well, it is, but it's still funny to see an orangutan give a gang leader the finger and fun to shake your head in disbelief at the door-slamming sound effects every time Clint connects a punch to his opponent's jaw. The first film's weaknesses are all here again as well, notably Sondra Locke in an utterly pointless role as a stone-faced country singer delivering a less persuasive performance than the aforementioned primate. Strictly for fans of a strange, best-forgotten era of artistic drought in the cinema, Any Which Way You Can can nevertheless be enjoyed for its effectively stupid yuks and its status as a relic of its absurd times.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/01/2010
UPC:
0883929107803
Original Release:
1980
Rating:
PG
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:56:00
Sales rank:
9,418

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Clint Eastwood Philo Beddoe
Sondra Locke Lynne Halsey-Taylor
Ruth Gordon Ma Boggs
William Smith Jack Wilson
Harry Guardino James Beekman
Geoffrey Lewis Orville Boggs
Michael Cavanaugh Patrick Scarfe
Barry Corbin Fat Zack
Roy Jenson Moody
Bill McKinney Dallas
William O'Connell Elmo
John Quade Cholla
Al Ruscio Tony Paoli, Sr.
Dan Vadis Frank
Dan Barrows Baggage Man
Michael Brockman Moustache Officer
Julie Brown Candy
Glen Campbell Himself
Dick Christie Jackson Officer
Rebecca Clemons Buxon Bess
Reid Cruickshanks Bald Headed Trucker
Michael Currie Wyoming Officer
Gary Lee Davis Husky Officer
Dick Durock Joe Casey
Michael Fairman CHP Captain
James Gammon Bartender
Ann Nelson Harriet
Weston Gavin Beekman's Butler
Lance Gordon Biceps
Lynn Hallowell Honey Bun
Peter Hobbs Motel Clerk
Art La Fleur Baggage Man #2
Ken Lerner Tony Paoli, Jr.
John McKinney Officer
Robin Menken Tall Woman
George Murdock Sgt. Cooley
Jack Murdock Little Melvin
Sunshine Parker Old Codger
Kent Perkins Trucker
Anne Ramsey Loretta Quince
Logan Ramsey Luther Quince
Tessa Richarde Sweet Sue
Bill Sorrells Bakersfield Officer
Jim Stafford Long John
Michael Talbott Officer Morgan
Mark L. Taylor Desk Clerk
Jack Thibeau Head Muscle
Charles Walker Officer
Jerry Brutsche Black Widow
Larry Holt Black Widow
Fats Domino Himself
Steve Dorff Conductor

Technical Credits
Buddy Van Horn Director
Ernie Bishop Set Decoration/Design
William J. Creber Production Designer
Robert Daley Executive Producer
Tommy "Snuff" Garrett Musical Direction/Supervision
Chuck Gasper Special Effects
Bert Hallberg Sound/Sound Designer
Tom Joyner Asst. Director
Jeremy Joe Kronsberg Screenwriter
Fritz Manes Producer
Joe McKinney Makeup
Stanford Sherman Screenwriter
Ronald Spang Editor
Ferris Webster Editor
David Worth Cinematographer
Glenn Wright Costumes/Costume Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Any Which Way You Can
1. Credits [2:31]
2. Taking on the Law [6:28]
3. Defeat Stinks [1:52]
4. Snake Pit [2:46]
5. Unexpected Sights [2:37]
6. Have Another Beer [3:09]
7. Business Handlers [5:15]
8. Tolerably Together [4:55]
9. Right Turn, Clyde [1:47]
10. Guys Not Allowed [3:22]
11. Sleeping Arrangements [:28]
12. Play and Work [2:25]
13. Jog Till You Drop [2:10]
14. Watching Him Work [2:18]
15. Scrap the Caddy [4:52]
16. Tar Without Feathers [3:33]
17. Scrappy About Bakersfield [4:37]
18. Motel Romance [3:26]
19. She's A 10 [4:56]
20. Comings and Goings [3:17]
21. Kidnap and Rescue [2:24]
22. Church- and Fightgoers [2:31]
23. Crosses to Bear [2:55]
24. Pieces of Action [2:18]
25. Looking Out for Philo [3:33]
26. Letting Lynn Loose [4:28]
27. All Bets Are Off [4:08]
28. The Fight Is On [2:16]
29. Bikers Kick Ass [3:58]
30. One-Armed Wonder [3:33]
31. Payoff via Big Tony [5:20]
32. They're Even [2:26]
33. Right Turn Redux [2:57]
34. End Credits [1:41]

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