Director Buddy Van Horn’s ragged but lusty 1980 action adventure is the hasty sequel to Clint Eastwood’s surprise 1978 hit Every Which Way But Loose. It finds the ever-popular star going any which way he can for easy laughs and thrills, and delivering enough of each to make the movie worthwhile.
Lovely Ruth Gordon as Clint’s Ma and Clint’s pet orangutan Clyde remain above criticism and beyond reproach. Both of them are adorable oddballs. Clint reprises his role as the bare-knuckle boxer Philo Beddoe, so fisticuff and car crash fans are taken care of, and appealing co-star Geoffrey Lewis returns as Orville. But the movie is even broader, slacker and less amusing than the original.
Sondra Locke as Lynn, the country singer, and most of the original cast are back – with a few additions – Harry Guardino, Glen Campbell (as himself), Anne Ramsey, Logan Ramsey, Barry Corbin, Bill McKinney, Michael Cavanaugh, Roy Jenson, Al Ruscio, Dan Vadis, William O’Connell, John Quade, Camilla Ashland, Dick Christi, Rebecca Clemons, George Murdock and Jim Stafford.
William Smith is very rough and ready as the street-fighter Jack Wilson, but he is memorable in the final bout with Clint.
Stanford Sherman carves out the screenplay, based on the original film’s characters by Jeremy Joe Kronsberg.
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