• Any Which Way You Can (1980)

Any Which Way You Can

Release Date: December 17th, 1980

DVD Release Date: May 7th, 2002

PG |1 hr 56 min

Plot Summary

Just as underground bare-knuckle fighter Philo Beddoe (Clint Eastwood) is about to retire, he is asked by the Mafia to fight East Coast champion Jack Wilson (William Smith), who has been crippling opponents in his victories. To get Philo to agree to fight, the Mafia kidnaps his old love, Lynn Halsey-Taylor (Sondra Locke). When Jack finds out, he agrees to help Philo rescue Lynn. Afterward, Philo and Jack decide to fight anyway to settle who is the better brawler.

Cast: Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, Ruth Gordon, Geoffrey Lewis, William Smith, Harry Guardino, Michael Cavanaugh, Barry Corbin

Director: Buddy Van Horn

Genres: Comedy

Production Co: Malpaso Company

Distributors: Warner Bros.

Keywords: Rivalry, Playful, Amusing, Rescue, Friend, 1970s

Ratings & Reviews

  • 50
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Any Which Way You Can is not a very good movie, but it's hard not to feel a grudging affection for it. Where else, in the space of 115 minutes, can you find a country & western road picture with two fights, a bald motorcycle gang, the Mafia, a love story, a pickup truck, a tow truck, Fats Domino, a foul-mouthed octogenarian, an oversexed orangutan and a contest for the bare knuckle championship of the world? show more

  • 63
    Jay ScottThe Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    The movie is less a sequel to the original, in fact, than it is a remake - a more energetic, more absurd and possibly more entertaining remake. [17 Dec 1980]

  • 40
    Ian NathanEmpire

    About the dumbest movie Clint Eastwood ever put his name to. show more

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