Philo takes part in a bare knuckle fight – as he does – to make some more money than he can earn from his car repair business…
Release Year: 1980
Rating: 5.7/10 (7,027 voted)
Buddy Van Horn
Stars: Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, Geoffrey Lewis
Philo takes part in a bare knuckle fight – as he does – to make some more money than he can earn from his car repair business. He decides to retire from fighting, but when the Mafia come along and arrange another fight, he is pushed into it. A motorcycle gang and an orangutan called Clyde all add to the 'fun'.
Writers: Jeremy Joe Kronsberg, Stanford Sherman
Senovia 'Ma' Boggs
Moody, Black Widow
Dallas, Black Widow
Elmo, Black Widow
Cholla, Black Widow Leader
Tony 'Big Tony' Rapoli Sr.
(as Camila Ashlend)
Faster, funnier and wilder. It'll knock you out.
Release Date: 17 December 1980
Filming Locations: Bakersfield, California, USA
Did You Know?
The Playboy magazine that the motel clerk is looking at is the June 1980 issue featuring Dorothy Stratten.
When the bikers are fighting over the wigs, the 'invisible' cap covering the hair of one of the bikers is clearly loose – the biker with the red bandanna round his neck.
Right turn, Clyde.
Okay, One Of Clint's Mokey Movies, But Still Pretty Funny
If any animal deserved its own trailer, chauffeured limousine and
personal trainer, it would be Clyde.
"Any Which Way You Can" proves once and for all the similarities of ape
to man (and in some cases, the ape's superiority).
Basically, this movie is a great improvement over the stillborn humor
of "Every Which Way But Loose". Clint wisely plays straight man to
Clyde, who provides the funniest moments, when not befriending William
Smith ("Big Bill" Smith from the old biker movies. Go look it up.),
then engaging in a bare-knuckle fight with him later on.
Everyone fares better in this movie, in fact. Sondra Locke is far more
graceful, Geoffrey Lewis gets more laughs, even Ruth Gordon is seen as
the next Bo Derek (bless her heart).
And if the Black Widows aren't more menacing this time around, well…
that's kind of hard to do when you're wearing fake wigs and have
penciled-in facial hair.
I've seen this movie so many times myself, that I have nearly the
entire screenplay committed to memory. What more indelible impression
could a filmmaker want to make than that?