Coogan's Bluff

1968

Action / Comedy / Crime / Thriller

9
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 94%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 51%
IMDb Rating 6.5 10 12928

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Clint Eastwood as Coogan
Lee J. Cobb as Lt. McElroy
Susan Clark as Julie Roth
Don Stroud as James Ringerman
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by DeuceWild_77 7 / 10

Clint Eastwood and Don Siegel in their first venture together

The first of five collaborations between star Clint Eastwood and director Don Siegel (six, if you consider "Play Misty For Me" which was directed and starred by Clint, but featuring a cameo from Don), "Coogan's Bluff", besides being a witty action vehicle with Clint playing the macho cop who follows his own rules, a kind of 'warm-up' for their future "Dirty Harry", it was the weakest of their movies together.

This movie was conceived as a vanity project for the now established heartthrob & action star, after his success playing "The Man With No Name" for Sergio Leone in the "Dollars Trilogy" which slowly became a major hit in America and "Hang 'Em High", his first high profile American film.

"Coogan's Bluff" proved that the camera loves Clint and that he had the presence and charisma to carry on a film as the "name above the title" lead star, but as much as this is considered a cult-classic now, it lacks the edge, the social commentary, the 'grittiness' and the effectiveness of their later masterpieces such as "Dirty Harry", "The Beguiled" or "Escape from Alcatraz".

The movie is competent directed, Don knew how to do it, but that late 60's hippie subculture and psychedelic vibes were completely dated even by 10 years after the movie was made and fully obsolete now by today's standards. The screenplay is full of flamboyant characters and weird situations with a comedic tone in it, and every woman that appears on- screen is either throwing herself at Clint's arms or having sex with him 5 minutes later.

The supporting cast gave life to their colorful written characters, but besides the great veteran Lee J. Cobb, who delivered the goods in a scene-stealer performance, they were merely pawns in Clint's Chess game: Tisha Sterling, Susan Clark & Melodie Johnson were attractive to look at and Don Stroud was over-the-top 'cartoonish' as the junkie addicted to LSD. A young Seymour Cassel and future "Dirty Harry" co-star, Albert Popwell pops up in tiny roles.

In short, every Clint Eastwood film is a watchable one, especially directed by Don Siegel, but this one lacks a tight plot & assertive direction, it feels a bit redundant sometimes. Despite its flaws, it still works as a hour and a half of pure cinematographic escapism for a lazy Sunday afternoon at the movies.

Reviewed by christopher-underwood 7 / 10

not without significance

Likable, if less known than some of Eastwood's films, it is not without significance. This movie neatly segues from the Leone westerns to Dirty Harry. Indeed this is where Eastwood and Siegel first pair up and the seeds of the subsequent violent thrillers are clearly visible. It is also significant in that being a 1968 film we get a depiction of sexual politics that still resonates today. There is an early scene where Tisha Sterling is talking to her 'client' or probationer played by Don Stroud and the slimy kid touches, strokes and finally takes a hold of one of her breasts. Eastwood's 'country boy' from Arizona, looking more like a cowboy than a cop takes exception and knocks Stroud away. Tisha's character, who seemed to accept the sexual attention, is upset that her 'client' is now upset. Even more odd, as we now look back, Eastwood then picks up his case, takes her by the arm and announces he's taking her to lunch, and more as it subsequently turns out. Within the storyline of a film of this period it doesn't seem all that strange, no more it was, but looked at now from the era of a new morality, quite astonishing. The story moves well, Siegel has an eye for composition and can choreograph a bar room fight or a chase as good as anyone. The final motorbike chase is set on the slopes of an autumnal Fort Tryon Park and looks very good. Also good looking and very well shot is a hippy gig with back projections, coloured lights, near naked boys and girls and painted faces. Well worth a watch.

Reviewed by alexanderdavies-99382 8 / 10

An effective first teaming.

"Coogan's Bluff" was the first time Clint Eastwood worked with Don Siegel and the film certainly delivers. A mere rating of 6.5 doesn't do "Coogan's Bluff" justice. There is some good action, a pretty good story and great direction. I can see that the budget for the film was rather sparse but I didn't let that deter me from enjoying the first of five collaborations from this talented combination. Clint Eastwood and Don Siegel complimented each other very well. It's always good to see character actors like Lee J. Cobb as the tough New York cop.

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