After 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.