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Coogan's Bluff Details


Clint Eastwood stars as Walt Coogan, an Arizona deputy sheriff who has been sent to New York City to extradite escaped killer James Ringerman (Don Stroud). On arrival, he's forced to wait by NYPD detective Lieutenant McElroy (Lee J. Cobb), who informs him that Ringerman is recovering from a bad acid trip at Bellevue Hospital. After briefly flirting with attractive probation officer Julie Roth (Susan Clark), Coogan heads for Bellevue, where he's able to con the hospital's staff into releasing the criminal. The cop and the fugitive are on the way to catch a flight back to Arizona, when Ringerman's hippie girlfriend Linny (Tisha Sterling) and a large accomplice spirit the killer away, leaving Coogan unconscious. Luckily, Julie is the girl's probation officer, and Coogan manages to get her address from the woman's files while getting to know her better. He tracks the girl to a popular psychedelic club, whereupon, deciding she likes the deputy, she takes him back to her apartment for further interrogation. The first in a series of films on which Eastwood would collaborate with director Don Siegel, it features a memorable scene in which a battle fought with billiard balls and cue sticks suggests the birth of a new martial art. Although its seemingly innocuous scenes of sex and violence drew criticism at the time, it served as the source for television's considerably more benign McCloud, starring Dennis Weaver as the laconic fish out of water. ~ Michael Costello, Rovi


Clint Eastwood
as Coogan
Lee J. Cobb
as McElroy
Susan Clark
as Julie
Tisha Sterling
as Linny
Don Stroud
as Ringerman
Betty Field
as Mrs. Ringerman
Tom Tully
as Sheriff McCrea
Kristoffer Tabori
as Elevator passenger
Louis Zorich
as Taxi Driver
Jess Osuna
as Prison Hospital Guard
James Edwards
as Sgt. Jackson
Albert Henderson
as Desk Sergeant
James McCallion
as Room Clerk
Albert Popwell
as Wonderful Digby
Seymour Cassel
as Young Hood
Conrad Bain
as Man on Madison Avenue
Antonia Rey
as Mrs. Amador
Syl Lamont
as Manager
David F. Doyle
as Pushie
Marjorie Bennett
as Mrs. Fowler
Meg Myles
as Big Red
Don Siegel
as Elevator passenger


Don Siegel
Don Siegel
Dean Riesner
Bud Thackery
Lalo Schifrin
Composer (Music Score)
Wally Holmes
Alexander Golitzen
Art Director
John P. Austin
Set Designer
John McCarthy
Set Designer
Helen Colvig
Costume Designer
Joe Cavalier
First Assistant Director