Any Which Way You Can

Any Which Way You Can

name = Any Which Way You Can

caption = "Any Which Way You Can" movie poster Bob Peak
director = Buddy Van Horn
writer = Stanford Sherman
producer = Fritz Manes
starring = Clint Eastwood
Sondra Locke
Geoffrey Lewis
Ruth Gordon
William Smith
cinematography = David Worth
editing = Ron Spang
Ferris Webster
music = Ray Charles
Clint Eastwood
Glen Campbell
Jim Stafford
Fats Domino
John Durrill
distributor = Warner Brothers
released = December 17, 1980
awards =
budget =
runtime = 116 min.
language = English
country = USA
amg_id = 1:2645
imdb_id = 0080377
preceded_by = "Every Which Way But Loose"
followed_by =

"Any Which Way You Can" is a 1980 comedy movie, starring Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, Geoffrey Lewis, William Smith, and Ruth Gordon. The movie is directed by Buddy Van Horn. This film is the sequel to the 1978 hit comedy film "Every Which Way But Loose".

Tagline: "Faster, funnier, and wilder. It'll knock you out"

Plot summary

After throwing his fight with Tank Murdock at the end of "Every Which Way But Loose", Philo Beddoe is still fighting in underground bareknuckle boxing matches to make money on the side. Philo decides to retire, however, when he realizes that he has started to enjoy the pain. Philo and Orville decide it's time to end his career.

The problem is Jack Wilson - a new breed of East Coast brawler who mixes martial arts with boxing and is so effective at maiming his opponents that his handlers can't book him a fight. During a conversation after a fight between a mongoose and a rattlesnake, one of the handlers realizes that Philo, the king of the West Coast brawlers, might not only agree to the fight with Wilson - it would be the biggest draw in the history of modern bareknuckle fighting. The Handlers, in conjuction with the mafia kidnap Philo's former Love interest Lynn Halsey-Taylor in order to coerce Philo into agreeing to the fight.

Wilson is a prize fighter with a sense of right-and-wrong, however. After learning of the plot and helping Philo and Orville in rescuing Lynn decides that they really needn't fight to prove who is the best. On the other hand, the personal pride of both fighters cause them to wonder who actually would've won the fight. The long brawl between the two characters does end up taking place, but it is punctuated by pauses and personal reflections on their mutual admiration for each other. Near the end of the fight, Wilson breaks Philo's arm and offers to end the fight, but the two men end up continuing the brawl. At the end, Philo knocks Wilson out long enough to qualify for a win. Wilson helps Philo to the hospital to have his arm looked at, and the fighters and their friends end up sharing beer at a bar.

As for the Black Widows, they make their return in a row with Philo Beddoe, still wanting revenge for the destruction of their bikes last time. However, Philo bests them when they, in an effort to chase him, run through an asphalt machine during a road paving project, resulting in them losing their hair and wearing wigs and penciled-on eyebrows to camouflage their appearance, which is so galling that rather than scare people, they end up getting laughed at and ridiculed.

Despite the rivalry, the Black Widows bet everything they have on Philo as they know he's a good 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 collecting their winnings, the Black Widows declare a truce with Beddoe.

Filming locations

The movie was filmed in the California communities of Sun Valley, North Hollywood, and Bakersfield, and in picturesque Jackson, Wyoming.


*Clint Eastwood .... Philo Beddoe
*Sondra Locke .... Lynn Halsey-Taylor
*Geoffrey Lewis .... Orville Boggs
*Ruth Gordon .... Senovia 'Ma' Boggs
*William Smith .... Jack Wilson
*Harry Guardino .... James Beekman
*Michael Cavanaugh .... Patrick Scarfe
*Roy Jenson .... Moody, Black Widow
*Bill McKinney .... Dallas, Black Widow
*William O'Connell .... Elmo, Black Widow
*John Quade .... Cholla, Black Widow Leader
*Al Ruscio .... Tony Rapoli Sr., also known as Big Tony
*Dan Vadis .... Frank
*Jack Murdock .... Little Melvin
*George Murdock .... Sergeant Cooley
*Dick Durock .... Joe Casey
*Camila Ashland .... Hattie (as Camila Ashlend)
*Anne Ramsey .... Loretta Quince
*Logan Ramsey .... Luther Quince
*Jim Stafford .... Long John


* At the start of the movie when the mobster is giving Philo payment for a fight:: "Philo": Give it to Clyde.: "Mobster": Who's Clyde? ["turns around, Clyde is standing right him"] Jesus Christ! You want me to give $10,000 to an ape?!: "Philo": He handles all my business.

* 'Clyde, Scrap the Caddie!'

* 'Right turn Clyde!'

* "Cholla, leader of the Black Widows": Why me Lord? Other men you made out of clay. Mine, you made out of shit!

* Philo Beddoe: "A hand-out is what you get from the government - a hand-up is what you get from friends."

External links

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