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a forgotten classic
on 19 April 2003
This is one of Clints best unknown films with all the right Clint ingredients. One liners, motorbike chases, punch ups, beautiful women and some genuinely funny moments as Clint lays down some of the characteristics that he was to play in 'Dirty Harry', namely a high level of cynicism.
A brief outline of the story is that Coogan (Eastwood) is a Deputy Sherriff from Arizona sent to New York to pick up a prisoner wanted in his State. This leads to the fish out of water scenario of the cowboy with the hat and boots mingling with the hippies of New York. On finding his prisoner in hospital recovering from a drug overdose and therefore unfit for transfer and himself wanting to get back to Arizona as soon as possible, Coogan bluffs him out of the prison hospital then subsequently loses him. Coogan looks to his 'country ways' of tracking his escaped prisoner down in the big city while all the time dealing with his problematic superiors.
The script is wonderfully entertaining and perfect for Clint Eastwoods 'less talk' method of acting, particularly on the plane coming into New York when a bussiness man sitting next to Coogan looking at his cowboy hat cheerfully asks;
-Nope, Deputy Sherriff.
Oh one of your boys step out of line in our fair city?
-Nope, one of yours in ours.
This is the general theme of the film as Coogan is constantly asked Texas?
countless times this happens and it never becomes boring only better each time.
The film was directed by Don Siegel who collaborated with Clint on some of his best films and his level of class shows on this film, particularly in a pool hall fight.
A motorbike chase has a genuinely high level of excitement as Clint and Don Stroud race around a park on Triumph motorbikes.
Watch for the moment when you can see Clint laughing when he should'nt be and then mistakenly rides straight into a wall!
On the down side the film is seriously dated with the Flower Power Hippies used as the opposite for Clints cowboy and there is one very bad piece of editing when Clint meets the desk sergent which will probably leave you laughing. But all this can be forgiven because it was an early film in Clints career, and therefore over thirty years old, so technically a bit patchy but more than making up in entertainment value.
The best role Clints played other then 'The Man With No Name' and 'Dirty Harry' in fact a combination of both with a touch of humour thrown in.