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Every Which Way But Loose

Screenplay has Clint Eastwood as a beer-guzzling, country music-loving truck driver who picks up spare change as a barroom brawler. When Sondra Locke, an elusive singer Eastwood meets at The Palomino Club, takes off for Colorado, Eastwood packs his pickup truck in pursuit.

Screenplay has Clint Eastwood as a beer-guzzling, country music-loving truck driver who picks up spare change as a barroom brawler. When Sondra Locke, an elusive singer Eastwood meets at The Palomino Club, takes off for Colorado, Eastwood packs his pickup truck in pursuit.

Behind him are a motorcycle gang and an LA cop. Both have been victims of Eastwood’s fists. They want revenge. Traveling with Eastwood is Geoffrey Lewis and Beverly D’Angelo, whom the two meet on the road.

There’s also an orangutan. His name is Clyde. Eastwood won him a few years back in a fight. He goes everywhere with Eastwood. He drinks beer, finds a one-night stand at a zoo in New Mexico and cheers on his friend.

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.

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Every Which Way But Loose

  • Production: Malpaso/Warner. Director James Fargo; Producer Robert Daley; Screenplay Jeremy Joe Kronsberg; Camera Rexford Metz; Editor Ferris Webster, Joel Cox; Music Snuff Garrett (sup.); Art Director Elayne Ceder
  • Crew: (Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1978. Running time: 119 MIN.
  • With: Clint Eastwood Sondra Locke Geoffrey Lewis Beverly D'Angelo Ruth Gordon
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