Coogan's Bluff
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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,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

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"Story is of the clash between sophisticated law enforcement and frontier-style simplistics, which is perhaps one of the major internal American problems."
‑ , Variety
"Siegel knows what he wants and gets it."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"The film is like a cousin to the Western genre, with Coogan keeping his trap shut and his emotions to himself, but Siegel, with his expert craftsmanship, brisk pacing and exciting action, gives us plenty of other stuff to concentrate on."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"A subtrama romântica é dispensável e J. Cobb é desperdiçado pelo filme. Ainda assim, Eastwood transforma o lacônico Coogan em um personagem interessante nesta sua primeira parceria com Siegel."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"New York cop thriller with a touch of the Westerna and a touch of the Eastwood...and all the better for it."
‑ Kim Newman, Empire Magazine
"Even Siegel's somehow off-centre treatment of New York hippiedom is intriguingly wry."
‑ , Time Out
"Eastwood's performance as the flawed, headstrong superman has been terribly underrated, but he brings to the part of Coogan a sure knowledge of the man's obvious strengths and not so obvious failings."
‑ Don Druker, Chicago Reader
"A wry humored cop thriller."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Eastwood moves from country to city ... with predictably entertaining results."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"The screenplay is so predictable in situation and so arch in its supposedly tough, blunt, wise talk that it turns into a joke told by someone with no sense of humor."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"A satisfying police yarn with some really great, physically hefty location photography."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"This urban Western, the first collaboration with Don Siegel, is a significant transitional film in Eastwood's career and screen image, situated between his 1960s Spaghetti Westerns and the Dirty Harry film series of the 1970s."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"It lacks the punch of Dirty Harry but still makes for reasonably exciting viewing."
‑ , Film4
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