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Coogan's Bluff [DVD]

Clint Eastwood , Lee J. Cobb , Don Siegel    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Clint Eastwood, Lee J. Cobb, Susan Clark, Tisha Sterling, Don Stroud
  • Directors: Don Siegel
  • Producers: Don Siegel
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Jun 2007
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000PMFNX2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,565 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Clint Eastwood is Arizona deputy Walt Coogan, sent to New York city to escort a prisoner home. But the prisoner is not ready to be transferred back to Arizona and so Coogan cuts a few corners. However, this helps the prisoner escape and, after Coogan clashes with the Sherrif McElroy (Lee J. Cobb), he is ordered back to Arizona. But Coogan does not want to give up his pursuit of the prisoner and takes the matter into his own hands.


This fish-out-of-water film was the beginning of a long association between Don Siegel and Clint Eastwood, who stars as the eponymous deputy sheriff from Arizona. The cowboy-cop is sent to New York City to extradite escaped murderer James Ringerman (Don Stroud), only to be told by police lieutenant McElroy (Lee J. Cobb) that the killer is recovering from an acid trip at Bellevue Hospital and can be released only with his doctors' approval. After some low-key flirtation with probation officer Julie Roth (Susan Clark), Coogan decides to take the bull by the horns and tricks Ringerman's Bellevue attendants into releasing him. However, on the way to the airport, the Arizona-bound cop is waylaid by Ringerman's amusingly wacked-out girlfriend, Linny (Tisha Sterling), and beaten senseless by a goon, allowing his prisoner to escape. Later, while in Julie's apartment, he surreptitiously extracts Linny's file to get her address and tracks her to an Electric Circus-like club whose habitues he regards with utter disdain. An amusing action film, Coogan's Bluff makes much of the irony of the laconic Old West, with Eastwood being equally put off by both the bureaucratically hamstrung cops and the acid-fueled hippies.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Western Clint meets Urban Clint 7 Aug 2014
By Mr. C. Gelderd VINE VOICE
Siegel could almost be taking the cowboy persona of Clint Eastwood, ready to release ‘Hang ‘Em High’ and fresh from the “Dollars” trilogy, and dumping him the gritty, urban world of New York ready for his transformation into maverick cop Harry Callahan for future films. The tough talking Sheriff is out of his depth in New York, but Eastwood makes the transition easily and uses his trademark tough-guy image with heavy fists, flirtation smiles and witty one-liners to be entertaining as he does.

The only issue I found is the developing romance between Coogan and Roth, which provides the foundation developing and seeking out information to locate the fugitive. There isn’t much time spent out in New York itself, which was something that was heavily marketed as the “fish out of water” scenario seen in many future films.

Coogan spends a good portion of the film talking and thinking about what to do next rather than just doing. This probably comes from expecting too much of Eastwood’s hero from his future films, so as one of his first major releases, his template as a tough cop is evident here and great fun to watch.

New York is seedy, dirty and dangerous in the peak of the 1960s, and it looks great as the backdrop for the latter half of the film in comparison to the opening scenes in the dusty, sparse Arizona desert.

Stroud (who would later play CIA Agent Heller in the Timothy Dalton James Bond movie ‘Licence To Kill’) does a decent job as Ringerman, but never has much time to shine as he’s there one minute, and hiding away the next until the final few scenes. A shame, as the cat and mouse story could have been developed more between him and Eastwood to maintain the menace.

Still, it’s entertaining enough but nothing sadly that excites or provides anything new to the table, and I feel a wasted chance to do something even bigger (as this lasts for only 88 minutes).
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Hippest Cowboy in Town. 30 April 2009
"Coogans Bluff" was one of five films that Clint Eastwood made with Don Siegal, the most famous being "Dirty Harry". The film is actually named after a New York city landmark of that name which is a promontory in Manhattan. The film is rather forgotten now, and has been perceived to be a little dated in its sixties timewarp. But that now happens to be one of its strengths.

Walt Coogan an Arizona lawman comes to New York to extradite an escaped killer. On the way to the airport he is ambushed and knocked out cold whilst the killer escapes again. The stage is set for the cowboy to track his killer through the mean streets of New York. Will his country boy savvy help him in this alien place. New Yorks streets and alleyways begin to take on the look of the canyons and arroyos of Arizona. Coogan closes in on his quarry.

This film is a great deal of fun. From the moment you see Eastwood arrive in New York in his stetson and cowboy boots you know the direction this film is taking. A fish out of water springs to mind, but a fish with teeth as it transpires. Early on his relationship with tough NYPD Detective Lieutenant Lee J Cobb is defined when he is constantly called Tex, despite informing Cobb he is from Arizona. This becomes a very funny recurring theme. My favourite scene which illuminates the film is when Coogan hot on the killers trail visits the psychedelic party at "The Pigeon toed Orange Peel" night club. Time for some very sixties fun. We find out that aside from not liking to be called Tex he is not very partial to Charlie either, as he has to remind a knife wielding hippy. Not a very peace loving act I might add. It is a quite hilarious scene and I enjoyed it again recently on You tube. An iconic sixties moment if ever there was one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Coogan's Must 30 Nov 2011
Clint Eastwood stars as Walt Coogan, an Arizona cop sent to New York City to extradite a guy named Ringerman - an escaped killer with a hippy chick girlfriend who's nothing but trouble.

Ringerman is recovering from a bad acid trip in a stat 'hospital', and it's here - while Coogan is collecting Ringerman, we meet his girlfriend, Linny, and it's one of the my favourite scenes in the film: 'You wanna know the thing about me? I got this little green worm in my head... and it glows in the dark!'

The pair give Coogan the slip on the way to the airport, and from their the film unfolds - chases, bar fights, a cop who doesn't play by the rules... everything you'd expect from a classic Clint film is there.

Coogan's Bluff isn't Clints finest film but it far from his worst, and somewhat of a forgotten gem. And due to his tough no-nonsense cowboy cop character, it straddles the ground between his Dirty Harry movies and 'Man With No Name' Spaghetti Westerns with a character somewhere inbetween rather nicely.

With an undercurrent of psychedelia and 'free love' running throughout, giving a cool, retro edge to it even today, Coogan's Bluff is another Eastwood flick from the period when Clint was king. It's still a great film and has stood the test of time and is a must see for film fans or Eastwood experts alike. One of my faves... And possibly the only time you'll hear the phrase 'man-burger' used in a script without the slightest hint of irony. Worth it for that alone.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Coogan's bluff or Huntington's disease !?! 11 Aug 2011
Coogan's Bluff (Don Siegel) USA 1968
When Arizona deputy sheriff Coogan and his Stetson hit 'Pigeon-Toed Orange Peel' club in the Village, a clash of civilizations hangs in the air. Quite unable to make 'peace' Coogan is yet ready for occasional 'love'.
Great 1968 Siegel/Eastwood collaboration! Siegel's son Kris Tabori came up with the discotheque's name which was in fact the stage for 'Phantom of the Opera' on the Universal lot. See Don's autobio 'A Siegel Film' for more details.
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