This fish-out-of-water film was the beginning of a long association between Don Siegel and Clint Eastwood who stars as the eponymous deputy sheriff from Arizona. The cowboy-cop is sent to New York City to extradite escaped murderer James Ringerman (Don Stroud) only to be told by police lieutenant McElroy (Lee J. Cobb) that the killer is recovering from an acid trip at Bellevue Hospital and can be released only with his doctors approval. After some low-key flirtation with probation officer Julie Roth (Susan Clark) Coogan decides to take the bull by the horns and tricks Ringermans Bellevue attendants into releasing him. However on the way to the airport the Arizona-bound cop is waylaid by Ringermans amusingly wacked-out girlfriend Linny (Tisha Sterling) and beaten senseless by a goon allowing his prisoner to escape. Later while in Julies apartment he surreptitiously extracts Linnys file to get her address and tracks her to an Electric Circus-like club whose habitues he regards with utter disdain. An amusing action film COOGANS BLUFF makes much of the irony of the laconic Old West with Eastwood being equally put off by both the bureaucratically hamstrung cops and the acid-fueled hippies.
Release Date: 04 June 2007
Certificate: 15 - Suitable for Persons Aged 15 or Over
Sound: Dolby Digital
Running Time: 90 minutes
Production Year: 1968
Main Language: English
Plenty of violent action, Eastwood style.
Clint as the country sheriff finding his way around the big city. Naturally he learns fast and starts to dish out the sort of punishment that makes you think; 'that's gotta hurt'.