This unusual combination of bare knuckle fighting and lighthearted romp was also a comedic change of pace for its rugged star Clint Eastwood. Eastwood plays trucker Philo Beddoe, a revered brawler who lives in a shack with his best pal's feisty, elderly mother (Ruth Gordon) and an orangutan, Clyde, who sips beer and thumbs his nose at authority. Philo is preparing for a bout against the wishes of his mother and his new love interest (Sandra Locke). If clashing with the women in his life weren't enough, he has to deal with his cocky opponent, gamblers, and a chopper gang who constantly harrass him. Fortunately, he does have Clyde backing him up as well as his trusty companion Orville Boggs (regular Eastwood collaborator Geoffrey Lewis).
This bizarre hick comedy was a surprise hit and spawned a sequel featuring many in the original cast. The country soundtrack combines the talents of Steve Dorff and Snuff Garrett and boasts a hit single by Eddie Rabbit.
Ruth Gordon - American Actress/Screenwriter, HAROLD & MAUDE, ROSEMARY'S BA
Ruth Gordon Jones - American Actress/Screenwriter, HAROLD & MAUDE, ROSEMARY'S BA
Dan Vadis - Supporting Actor/60s-70s
John Quade - Supporting Actor
Bill McKinney - Supporting Actor
James Fargo - Director, THE A-TEAM (1983)
Jim Fargo - Director, THE A-TEAM (1983)
Sondra Locke - American actress, director
Geoffrey Lewis - American Character Actor
Jeremy Joe Kronsberg - Director/Screenwriter
Walter Barnes - American Supporting Actor
Snuff Garrett - Country Music Composer,
David Worth - American Cinematographer
Jack N. Green - Director of Photography, SERENITY (2005)
Jack Green - Director of Photography, SERENITY (2005)
Beverly D'Angelo - American actress, NATIONAL LAMPOON'S VACATION
Clint Eastwood - American actor/director, THE GOOD, THE BAD.../UNFORGIVEN
Rexford Metz - American Diretor of Photography
Rex Metz - American Diretor of Photography
While working as a barroom fighter at the Palomino Club, hard-living truck driver Philo Beddoe falls for the nightclub's singer. When she leaves the club for greener pastures in Colorado, Beddoe follows with his pet orangutan Clyde in tow and his enemies, a motorcycle gang and an L.A. cop, close behind.