Every Which Way But Loose (1978) - Rotten Tomatoes

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Every Which Way But Loose (1978)



Critic Consensus: The inexplicable pairing of Clint Eastwood with an orangutan is the least of Every Which Way But Loose's problems -- a slack action-comedy with a haphazardly assembled story.

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In this comedy, Clint Eastwood plays Philo Beddoe, a bare-knuckle boxer who travels from fight to fight, accompanied by his "pal" Clyde, a orangutan with a mean right hook, and his human buddy Orville. During a stopover, Philo meets and falls in love with would-be country/western singer Lynn Halsey-Taylor.

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Clint Eastwood
as Philo Beddoe
Sondra Locke
as Lynn Halsey-Taylor
George Chandler
as Clerk at DMV
Walter Barnes
as Tank Murdock
Jeannette Louise Cole
as Palamino girl
Sam Gilman
as Fat Guy's Buddy
Tim Irwin
as Musician
Hank Worden
as Trailer Court Manager
John Quade
as Cholla
Dan Vadis
as Frank
Jerry Brutsche
as Street Sweeper Driver
Cary Michael Cheifer
as Kincaid's Manager
Chuck Hicks
as Truck Driver
Jackson D. Kane
as Man at Bowling Alley
Fritz Manes
as Bartender at Zanzabar
Michael Mann
as Church's Manager
Lloyd Nelson
as Bartender
George Orrison
as Fight Spectator
Thelma Pelish
as Lady Customer
Tom Runyon
as Bartender at Palomino
Bruce Scott
as Schyler
Hartley Silver
as Bartender
Jan Stratton
as Waitress
Guy Way
as Bartender
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Critic Reviews for Every Which Way But Loose

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (6)

Eastwood has the best double take in the business, there are some interesting glimpses of blue-collar LA, and the downbeat ending displays a genuine moral intelligence.

March 26, 2019 | Full Review…

The plot remains as flat as the treacly country-western score.

March 26, 2019 | Full Review…

Clint doing roughneck humour with an orang-utan, what's not to like?

March 26, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

For Eastwood fans, the essential elements are there. Lots of people get beat up, Eastwood walks tall and looks nasty, cars are crashed. James Fargo directs limply.

March 26, 2019 | Full Review…

The whole thing seems like an indulgent, expensive home movie created by and for Eastwood's customary stock company of actors.

January 26, 2006 | Full Review…

Far from showing off Mr. Eastwood to flattering advantage, this kind of format virtually eclipses his talents. Every Which Way but Loose... is the slackest and most harebrained of Mr. Eastwood's recent movies.

May 9, 2005 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Every Which Way But Loose

A comic classic. Clint Eastwood is terrific in his first comedy feature with a orangutan who proves to be more than a worthy sidekick. A hilarious and enormously entertaining adventure that`s just a pure blast. A tremendously fun and exciting action-packed comedy. You cant help but love this movie for its humor and heart. It`s nothing but a good time. A true gem that you don't want to miss.

Al S
Al S

Super Reviewer


Every Which Way is suprisingly good considering Eastwood wasn't made for this sort of movie. It boasts memorable lines and characters and although it has it's flaws ncluding its god-awful pacing. Every Which Way But Loose is uninspired but fun entertainment.

Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer


Clint Eastwood wins an orangutan in a fist fight and they quickly become best friends. A bizarrely charming movie ensues.

Ken Stachnik
Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

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