Every Which Way But Loose

 (4,318)6.31 h 54 min1978PG
Philo Beddoe, your regular, easygoing, truck-driving guy and barroom brawler, falls in love with a flighty singer who leads him on a screwball chase across the American Southwest.
Directors
James Fargo
Starring
Clint EastwoodSondra LockeGeoffrey Lewis
Genres
ComedyDramaAction
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English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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Supporting actors
Beverly D'AngeloRuth GordonWalter BarnesManis
Producers
Robert Daley
Studio
Warner Bros.
Rating
PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
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4.7 out of 5 stars

4318 global ratings

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cobiasReviewed in the United States on November 26, 2018
2.0 out of 5 stars
An odd bland canned representation of blue collar life
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I saw this film for the first time when it came out in theaters . My dad was a Clint eastwood fan at the time so ...i was too. As a kid i thought it was neat , and all the silly hyginx were cool , but the film certainly doesn't stand the test of time. It comes off sooo cheesy and pandering. Its certainly an uplift compared to a film like 5 easy pieces which is depressing as hell.

But its just too lame . Corny . It tries to be feelgood but it goes over the line into pandering to low iq working class types .

I will say this , i lived out some of this meandering in life in my early 20s , but if you live like the characters in the film at their portrayed age today , youd probably be a meth head selling dope for the " black widows " .

Maybe the film was about a simpler time when there was less classism , and living in trailer parks and junky homes with cars and tools in the yard were accepted , but oh how things have changed .

Its a good film if its 3 in the morning , your bored as hell , and youre gonna down some munchies n beer.

My favorite scene is where he hooks the big trout ...then slaps the guy in the face with it . I liked the scene mainly because of the fishing and outdoors aspect ...

Clint is a funny dude . I knew a guy that worked with him in Oregon years ago . The guys name was Barney. Clint tried to be a logger . The guy that knew him said " he got into logging for the romanticism of it. The ruggedness and outdoors etc...but he couldnt hack it "....they liked his movies but joked that he acted out what he coudnt do in real life . Its all good . Smoke em if you got em . Some of the guys he worked with didnt make it working in the woods...killed . Its a dangerous job. Barney latter died of cancer in the early 80s .

Although this film gets panned , it was successful at the box office
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perlbuilderReviewed in the United States on December 19, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
I'll wake you up! When I get home...
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Unless you lived the seventies, you'll completely miss the point of this great movie. The eight percent that hated this movie certainly did not. They were either too young to remember or were at home working on their stamp collection. Going out with the bud and womanizing while listening to some great western flavored tunes from Charlie Rich and Mel Tillis. Rich was huge in the pop music world during those days. Ah those were the days.
12 people found this helpful
Joseph KordinakReviewed in the United States on December 15, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Good light hearted entertainment
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For all the bad reviewers out there. It is a comedy. Its not supposed to be a meaningful life altering movie. That said just take it for what it is and quit being so serious. Its an entertaining look back at the late seventies. Reminds me of when I was a kid. I am just amazed that there were ever rednecks with guns in Southern California, how times have changed as another reviewer said.
9 people found this helpful
Jon rosaReviewed in the United States on March 20, 2018
3.0 out of 5 stars
Hey man, where's the ape?!?
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I've been waiting my whole life to see this movie but it ended up being a bit of a let down. Clint Eastwood's character isn't really a trucker, he just drives a pickup truck. Has a weird, meandering plot that doesn't really go anywhere, sort of a lame love story. And there was nowhere NEAR enough of Clyde! I tuned in for the Orangutan and he's barely in it! Hey man, where's the ape?!? Had a decent '70's vibe, but could have delivered a LOT more...
7 people found this helpful
Stephen CourtsReviewed in the United States on June 24, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Terrific Comedy
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This is an underappreciated comedy. I have watched it too many times and still laugh at the antics of Ma (Ruth Gordon) & the inept motorcycle crew who are frequently in other Eastwood movies from that era. I discovered that this movie grossed over $100 million dollars after it's debut and with foreign sales. Quite a feat for a low budget comedy. There is plenty of action from the prizefighting, the cops who are pummeled by Eastwood's character, Philo. Yes, it is an off-beat comedy and is the polar opposite of the Dirty Harry genre. Still, I love this movie after more than 40 years.
Stephen Courts
June 23, 2019
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Trish SwainReviewed in the United States on September 27, 2018
3.0 out of 5 stars
No continuity
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I watched to see Clyde, the Orangutan. Modern primatology strongly condemns using primates in entertainment. Nevertheless, I was curious. This movie has totally unbelievable characters who do not speak or act remotely like the working class they are supposed to represent. The plot lurches around with a slim hold on continuity and the humor predates Keystone Kops - i.e. evil bikers rolling around in mud puddles. Speaking of those bikers, they were some Hollywood writer's fantasy with no resemblance to actual bikers. Philo gets away with vicious assaults and various other crimes as though he comes from a different planet - one where he is not subject to law nor common sense.
This could almost be a comic strip, but it is not presented in that light.
As for Clyde, he does a fine job of being an Orangutan, and as such invokes love and wonder and indeed carries the movie on his hairy shoulders.
2 people found this helpful
Joseph LaCerraReviewed in the United States on December 1, 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
Unfulfilled Nostalgia
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If you enjoyed this movie when it came out and are now watching it for nostalgia purposes you may be disappointed. The film did not age well. There is really no plot. The only thing worse than Sondra Locke's acting is her singing. Beverly D'Angelo is wasted. Ruth Gordon's cursing old lady schtick wears thin very quickly. Your nostalgic expectations will likely not be fulfilled.
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M. BergenReviewed in the United States on December 17, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Nostalgic
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I saw this for the first time when it hit the theaters in '79. Those were the days when only the good guys had guns, and Clint could beat up an entire motorcycle gang and we almost half-believed it. Fun days. 40 years later, it's RIP Sondra Locke, Geoffrey Lewis, Ruth Gordon, Joyce Jameson, John Quade, and Mantis the ape. Sigh.
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