memories of the ’80s – Any Which Way You Can

Any which way you can.jpgAfter hitting box office gold, Clint Eastwood came back to movie screens in 1980 with his sequel but without his sidekick Clyde in Any Which Way You Can.

After the success of Every Which Way But Loose, Eastwood teamed with director Buddy Van Horn to make a worthy sequel.

With writer Jeremy Joe Kronsberg who had written the previous film, Eastwood’s Philo Beddoe is two years older and realizes he needs to stop bareknuckle brawls.

The Black Widow biker gang is still after him and an East Coast brawler who also uses martial arts – Jack Wilson (played by William Smith) – wants to brawl Beddoe to prove his supremacy in America.

Beddoe wants to retire but is forced to consider a fight, when the East Coast mafia who back Wilson kidnap Lynn (Sondra Locke) to force this east-west fight to happen.

Released in December 1980, Warner Bros. had spent triple the amount on the budget than the previous film, making sure all those viewers knew that Philo Beddoe was back in action.

Snuff Garrett wrote several songs for the soundtrack with Glen Campbell singing the title track of the song and other songs contributed by Fats Domino, Ray Charles, Gene Watson and David Frizzell.

Another success at the box office, the film grossed US$70 million, once again proving Eastwood’s box office superiority and allowing him access to any projects as an A list star.

memories of the ’70s – Every Which Way But Loose

After a string of action films as Dirty Harry, Clint Eastwood became a brawler with an orangutan named Clyde and on a mission in Every Which Way but Loose.

Directed by James Fargo, the storyline focuses on Philo Beddoe (Eastwood) a truck driver living with his orangutan  and making money in bare knuckle fights.

He becomes smitten with Lynn (Sondra Locke) an inspiring country singer, who disappears one day, so Beddoe decides to head to Colorado to track her down, with the help of his buddy Orville (Geoffrey Lewis) and his new girlfriend Echo (Beverly D’Angleo).

Along the way he encounters a biker gang, many obstacles, keeps fighting and eventually finds Lynn, who didn’t really want to be found. But he gets the chance to fight his idol, Tank Murdock, the ultimate bare knuckle fighter.

After his years of spaghetti westerns and playing cops, many advised Eastwood to reconsider this action comdedy film.

Released in December 1978 by Warner Bros., the film was disliked by most critics. Variety said the film was “…so awful it’s almost as if Eastwood is using it to find out how far he can go—how bad a film he can associate himself with…”.

Every Which Way But Loose became a hit with movie fans, who ignored the critics –  this was the first film to have an opening weekend that exceeded US$10 million.

The film’s soundtrack included major country stars, with Eddie Rabbit singing the title track, and additional songs contributed by Charlie Rich and Mel Tillis. Songwriter Snuff Garrett was hired to write songs for Sondra Locke’s character.

Made for a paltry US$5 million, the film eventually grossed US$105 million, and became one of the top 10 films of the year.

And Eastwood hit the Hollywood A list – with an orangutan in tow.