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Film: Every Which Way But Loose
Cholla: You Philo Beddoe?
Philo Beddoe: Do I know you?
Cholla: You're gonna.
The Audience: That guy's screwed.

Every Which Way But Loose is a 1978 action comedy starring Clint Eastwood as Philo Beddoe, an easygoing trucker and amateur bare-knuckle fighter. With his brother Orville, who promotes his fights, and Clyde, an orangutan he won in a bet, he roams the San Fernando Valley in search of fights, music, and beer. Until Philo falls for a country Western singer who then suddenly leaves town — perhaps under duress. This prompts Philo to get in his truck with Orville and Clyde in tow to track her down. Hilarity ensues.

Yes, this movie has Clint Eastwood and an orangutan. You owe it to yourself to see it.

Followed up with a 1980 sequel: Any Which Way You Can, which was largely a rehash of the first movie.

Every Which Way But Loose contains examples of:

  • All Bikers Are Hells Angels: The Black Widows biker gang is modeled pretty closely on the "Hell's Angels" stereotype.
  • Awesome Mc Cool Name: The best fighter in the area is named Tank Murdock.
  • Bar Brawl: There are several in the two movies.
  • Did You Just Have Sex?: Slowly pieced together by Philo's sidekick. Initially, he thinks their literal Team Pet just mated.
    • Also occurs in Any Which Way, during Philo, Orville and Ma's trip home from Bakersfield. Ma's strange behavior alerts them to her "romp" with the motel proprietor.
  • Everything's Better with Monkeys: Some people disregard this movie because it's "the one with the monkey," thinking it's a screwball comedy, and they miss a pretty good story about innocence, betrayal, and honor.
  • Genre Roulette: A Road Movie/Buddy Picture/Slapstick Comedy to a backdrop of Country Music, complete with a Love Story, a monkey, a biker gang, the Mafia, a foul-mouthed granny and a lot of fights.
  • It Was with You All Along: In Any Which Way You Can, after Scarfe gives Clyde the orangutan the advance money for Philo's fight with Wilson, Philo tells the ape, "You stash that, Clyde, and don't let Ma see you." "Ma" Boggs is looking out the window, however, and sees Clyde with the money. In a later scene, we see her searching Clyde's room in the shed for the money, to no avail. And when Philo decides to cancel the fight and give back the money, Clyde goes and gets it. Ma follows him, and learns that Clyde hid the money under her own mattress.
    "Humiliating! Outsmarted by a banana-head!"
  • Motorcycle Dominoes: Philo constantly damages the Biker gang's motorcycles in different ways.
  • Never Mess with Granny: Ma constantly complains about being a helpless old lady, but she drives off a motorcycle gang with a shotgun as long as she is tall.
  • Wag the Director: Clint was often in dispute with the director, James Fargo. The first assistant sarcastically commented that this was because Fargo "had the notion that he was directing the movie." Note that Eastwood and Fargo had been long-time collaborators, with Fargo having handled second unit duties on films that Eastwood had directed, and working smoothly with him during Fargo's directorial bow on The Enforcer. On that occasion they worked well together since it had been agreed that Eastwood was really in charge, but Fargo expected more control on Every Which Way. Their friendship survived the film's production, but afterwards they agreed that it'd probably be best for the sake of their sanity if they didn't work on the same film again.

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alternative title(s): Any Which Way You Can
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