Any Which Way You Can
|Any Which Way You Can|
|Directed by||Buddy Van Horn|
|Produced by||Robert Daley, Fritz Manes|
|Written by||Stanford Sherman |
Jeremy Joe Kronsberg (characters)
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.|
|Box office||$70.7 million (North America)|
Any Which Way You Can is a 1980 American action comedy film, starring Clint Eastwood, with Sondra Locke, Geoffrey Lewis, William Smith, and Ruth Gordon in supporting roles. It was directed by Buddy Van Horn. The film is the sequel to the 1978 hit comedy Every Which Way but Loose.
Two years after throwing his fight with Tank Murdock, Philo Beddoe is still fighting in underground bare-knuckle boxing matches to make money on the side. Philo decides to retire when he realizes that he has started to enjoy the pain. Jack Wilson, a new breed of fighter from the east coast who mixes martial arts with boxing is a dominant new fighter. He is so effective at maiming his opponents that his handlers cannot book fights for him.
The Black Widows, the biker gang with a long-running grudge against Philo, make their return. They still want revenge for the destruction of their bikes. However, Philo bests them in a chase that runs through an asphalt machine during a road-paving project.
After a fight between a mongoose and a rattlesnake, one of the handlers realizes that if Philo, king of the west coast brawlers, agreed to fight Wilson, then it would be the biggest draw in the history of bare-knuckle boxing. The Handlers, led by handicapper Jimmy Beekman, in conjunction with the Mafia, kidnap Philo's love interest, country-western singer Lynn Halsey-Taylor, in order to coerce Philo to agree to the fight.
Wilson, however, is a prize fighter with morals. After learning of the plot, and helping Philo and Orville rescue Lynn, he decides that they really don't need to fight. However, both fighters' personal pride makes them wonder who would have won. The brawl between the two characters takes place after all, but it’s punctuated by pauses and personal reflections on their mutual admiration. Wilson breaks Philo's arm and offers to end the fight, but the two men continue the brawl. Meanwhile, the Black Widows bet everything they have on Philo because, despite their rivalry, they know that he is the better fighter. When the mobsters decide to kill Philo once he gains the upper hand, the Black Widows protect their investment by beating up the Mafia men. After a long fight, Philo knocks Wilson out long enough to qualify for a win. Wilson helps Philo to the hospital, and the fighters and their friends have a beer at a bar.
- Clint Eastwood as Philo Beddoe
- Sondra Locke as Lynn Halsey-Taylor
- Geoffrey Lewis as Orville Boggs
- Ruth Gordon as Zenobia 'Ma' Boggs
- William Smith as Jack Wilson
- Barry Corbin as Zack Tupper
- Harry Guardino as James Beekman
- Michael Cavanaugh as Patrick Scarfe
- John Quade as Cholla
- Al Ruscio as Tony Paoli Sr.
- Jack Murdock as Little Melvin
- George Murdock as Sergeant Cooley
- Dick Durock as Joe Casey
- Camila Ashlend as Hattie
- Anne Ramsey as Loretta Quince
- Logan Ramsey as Luther Quince
- Jim Stafford as Long John
According to a Hollywood "gossip" column in the LA Times using an undocumented claim on a PETA video as a source and written eight years after the alleged incident, the original orangutan that portrayed Beddoe's sidekick, Clyde, was beaten with an ax handle by its trainer for stealing doughnuts from the set and afterwards died of a cerebral hemorrhage.. The original Clyde was not used in the sequel as claimed by the article. No other source than a PETA video was used in article.
|The Sound Track Music From Clint Eastwood's Any Which Way You Can|
|Soundtrack album by |
|Label||Viva Records (U.S.)|
Warner Bros. Records
|Singles from The Sound Track Music From Clint Eastwood's Any Which Way You Can|
|1.||"Beers to You"||Steve Dorff, John Durrill, Sandy Pinkard and Snuff Garrett||Ray Charles and Clint Eastwood||2:42|
|2.||"Any Which Way You Can"||Milton Brown, Steve Dorff and Snuff Garrett||Glen Campbell||3:13|
|3.||"You're the Reason God Made Oklahoma"||Larry Collins and Sandy Pinkard||David Frizzell and Shelly West||3:21|
|4.||"Whiskey Heaven"||Cliff Crofford, John Durrill and Snuff Garrett||Fats Domino||3:00|
|5.||"One Too Many Women in Your Life"||John Durrill and Phil Everly||Sondra Locke||2:06|
|6.||"Cow Patti"||Jim Stafford||Jim Stafford||3:12|
|7.||"Acapulco"||Larry Collins and M. Leath||Johnny Duncan||3:31|
|8.||"Any Way You Want Me"||L. Offman||Gene Watson||2:49|
|9.||"Cotton-Eyed Clint" (Instrumental)||Adapted by Steve Dorff and Snuff Garrett||The Texas Opera Company||1:42|
|10.||"Orangutan Hall of Fame"||Cliff Crofford and Snuff Garrett||Cliff Crofford||1:00|
|11.||"Too Loose"||Milton Brown, Steve Dorff and Snuff Garrett||Sondra Locke||1:58|
|12.||"The Good Guys and the Bad Guys"||John Durrill and Snuff Garrett||John Durrill||2:34|
|U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums||5|
|U.S. Billboard 200||141|
|Canadian RPM Country Albums||7|
- Box Office Information for Any Which Way You Can. The Wrap. Retrieved April 4, 2013.
- "Any Which Way You Can". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved March 5, 2009.
- Hughes, p.127
- The Clint Eastwood Handbook - Everything you need to know about Clint Eastwood
- "'Every which way but abuse' should be motto". Los Angeles Times.
- 1980 Yearly Box Office Results Box Office Mojo
- Hughes, p.128