Coogan's Bluff

Coogan's Bluff

Don Siegel (1968)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Clint Eastwood still wore a cowboy hat in his first attempt to move from the western landscape into the contemporary urban setting, but under Don Siegel's taut direction he carried off the switch successfully. In many ways the forerunner of Dirty Harry, Eastwood's laconic Arizona sheriff tracking down a murderer in Manhattan was his first character to get upset by big-city sleaze and escalating crime. This stylish and gritty crime drama set the seal on Eastwood's screen persona for decades to come and later inspired the McCloud TV series.


An Arizona sheriff is sent to New York to bring an imprisoned murderer back to stand trial. However, when the killer escapes, the lawman employs his own methods to recapture him, antagonising the city's by-the-book police force in the process. Don Siegel's crime drama, starring Clint Eastwood, Lee J Cobb, Don Stroud and Susan Clark.

Cast & Crew

Walt Coogan Clint Eastwood
Sheriff McElroy Lee J Cobb
Julie Susan Clark
Ringerman Don Stroud
Linny Raven Tisha Sterling
Mrs Ringerman Betty Field
Sheriff McCrea Tom Tully
Millie Melodie Johnson
Director Don Siegel
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Rank Film Dists LtdGuidance: Violence, swearing, nudity. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray