Coogan's Bluff
Coogan's Bluff (1968)

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.… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 2, 1968
DVD Release Date: June 1, 2004
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Story is of the clash between sophisticated law enforcement and frontier-style simplistics, which is perhaps one of the major internal American problems.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Siegel knows what he wants and gets it.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

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.

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Time Out

Even Siegel's somehow off-centre treatment of New York hippiedom is intriguingly wry.

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Don Druker
Chicago Reader

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.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A wry humored cop thriller.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

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.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

A satisfying police yarn with some really great, physically hefty location photography.

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Emanuel Levy

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 50% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
Coogan's Bluff is a well directed drama by director Don Siegel who would later collaborate with Clint Eastwood again with Dirty Harry and Escape from… More
Chris Garman
Coogan's Bluff is a somewhat acceptable fish out of water story starring Clint Eastwood and direct by Don Siegel. The general idea of the film is Coogan… More
Melvin White
Coogan: All right now, I don't like violence, Mr. Wonderful whatever your name is. You better drop that blade, or you won't believe what happens next,… More
Daniel J DeMersseman
This could've pretty easily been the prequel to Dirty Harry. Enough said.
Conner Rainwater
It's an hour and a half of pure man, starring Clint Eastwood. Coogan hunts men like game, sleeps with their women, kills people via poolball and chokes out… More
xGary Xx
Brilliant stranger in a strange land cop movie in which Clint's parochial sherrif comes to the big city to claim a prisoner, just to lose him again through… More