Every Which Way But Loose

Warner Bros. Released 1978




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Movie Summary

James Fargo

Philo Beddoe, who lives next to his mother and has an orangutan as a pet, also hustles on the side as a bare-knuckle brawler. One day, two members of The Black Widows, a biker gang, insult Philo at a traffic light. He chases them down, takes their bikes, and sells the motorcycles after repainting them. Meanwhile Philo is falling for aspiring country music singer, Lynn Halsey-Taylor. When Lynn mysteriously disappears, Philo decides to head for her home in Colorado with his orangutan, Clyde, and his best friend, Orville. Philo soon discovers that The Black Widows are following him, seeking revenge for stealing their bikes. Short on cash, Philo has to engage in many fights and hustles along the way while outwitting The Black Widows at every turn and uncovering the true intentions of his beloved Lynn.


Metacritic Score

  • 60

    Empire Ian Nathan

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

  • 50

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Jay Scott

    Every Which Way But Loose is a fists-out-and-up Burt Reynolds movie without Burt Reynolds. I never thought I'd miss the Beverly Hills good ol' boy so much. [22 Dec 1978]

  • 50

    Time Out

    A huge disappointment after The Outlaw Josey Wales and The Gauntlet, this rambling comedy forsakes the subtle, self-deprecating humour of those films and opts for a far rowdier and...

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    • Production Budget - $5,000,000
      Domestic Gross - $104,268,727 (5th)

      Domestic Adjusted for 2013 - $363,603,766

    • Other Production Companies:
      The Malpaso Company

    • Filming Locations:
      Albuquerque / Santa Fe / Taos, New Mexico
      Aurora / Denver / Georgetown, Colorado
      Jackson, Wyoming
      Los Angeles, California

    • Tagline:
      Clint Eastwood will turn you Every Which Way But Loose

    • Music:
      Every Which Way but Loose
      Written by S. Dorff, M. Brown and T. Garrett
      Performed by Eddie Rabbit
      Behind Closed Doors
      Written by D. O'Dell
      Performed by Charlie Rich
      I'll Wake You Up When I Get Home
      Written by S. Dorff and M. Brown
      Performed by Charlie Rich
      Coca Cola Cowboy
      Written by S. Pinkard, I. Dain, S. Dorff and S. Atchley
      Performed by Mel Tillis
      Send Me Down to Tucson
      Written by C. Crofford and T. Garrett
      Performed by Mel Tillis
      Ain't Love Good Tonight
      Written by G. Sklerov, R. Cate, G. Howe
      Performed by Wayne Parker
      Don't Say You Don't Love Me No More
      Written by P. Everly and J. Paige
      Performed by Sondra Locke and Phil Everly
      Honky Tonk Fever
      Written by C. Crofford and T. Garrett
      Performed by Cliff Crofford
      I Can't Say No to a Truck Drivin' Man
      Written by C. Crofford
      Performed by Carol Chase
      I Seek the Night
      Performed by Sondra Locke
      Monkey See, Monkey Do
      Written by C. Crofford and T. Garrett
      Performed by Cliff Crofford
      Red Eye Special
      Written by L. Collins, S. Pinkard and T. Garrett
      Performed by Larry Collins
      Salty Dog Blues
      Adapted by S. Dorff and T. Garrett
      Six Pack to Go
      Written by Thompson, Lowe and Hart
      Performed by Hank Thompson
      Under the Double Eagle
      Adapted by S. Dorff and T. Garrett


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Romantic Comedy, Love & Romance