Any Which Way You Can is a 1980 American action comedy film, starring Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, Geoffrey Lewis, William Smith, and Ruth Gordon. It is directed by Buddy Van Horn. The film is the sequel to the 1978 hit comedy film Every Which Way but Loose.
Two years after throwing his fight with Tank Murdock at the end of Every Which Way But Loose, Philo Beddoe (Clint Eastwood) keeps fighting in underground bareknuckle boxing matches to make money on the side. Philo decides to retire when he realizes that he has started to enjoy the pain. Philo and his manager Orville (Geoffrey Lewis) decide to end his career.
The problem is Jack Wilson (William Smith), a new breed of East Coast brawler who mixes martial arts with boxing. He is so effective at maiming his opponents that his handlers cannot book fights for him. After a fight between a mongoose and a rattlesnake, one of the handlers realizes that if Philo, king of the West Coast brawlers, agreed to fight Wilson it would be the biggest draw in the history of modern bareknuckle fighting. The Handlers, led by handicapper Jimmy Beekman (Harry Guardino), in conjunction with the mafia, kidnap Philo's love interest Lynn Halsey-Taylor (Sondra Locke) in order to coerce Philo to agree to the fight.
Wilson, however, is a prize fighter with a sense of right-and-wrong. After learning of the plot, and helping Philo and Orville rescue Lynn, he decides they really don't need to fight to prove who is best. On the other hand, both fighters' personal pride makes them wonder who would have won. The long brawl between the two characters ends up taking place, but is punctuated by pauses and personal reflections on their mutual admiration. Near the end, Wilson breaks Philo's arm and offers to end the fight, but the two men continue the brawl. In 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 share a beer at a bar.
The Black Widows, the biker gang with a long-running grudge against Philo, make their return. They still want revenge for the destruction of their bikes last time. However, Philo bests them in a chase that runs through an asphalt machine during a road paving project. They lose their hair and must wear wigs and penciled-on eyebrows to camouflage their appearance.
Despite the rivalry, the Black Widows bet everything they have on Philo because he is the better 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 Philo.
Throughout the film, as in Every Which Way But Loose, Philo's pet orangutan Clyde is his constant companion.
- Clint Eastwood as Philo Beddoe
- Sondra Locke as Lynn Halsey-Taylor
- Geoffrey Lewis as Orville Boggs
- Ruth Gordon as Zenobia 'Ma' Boggs
- William Smith as Jack Wilson
- Barry Corbin as "Fat" Zack Tupper
- Harry Guardino as James Beekman
- Michael Cavanaugh as Patrick Scarfe
- Roy Jenson as Moody, Black Widow
- Bill McKinney as Dallas, Black Widow
- William O'Connell as Elmo, Black Widow
- John Quade as Cholla, Black Widow Leader
- Al Ruscio as Tony Paoli Sr., also known as Big Tony
- Dan Vadis as Frank
- Jack Murdock as Little Melvin
- George Murdock as Sergeant Cooley
- Dick Durock as Joe Casey
- Camila Ashland as Hattie (as Camila Ashlend)
- Anne Ramsey as Loretta Quince
- Logan Ramsey as Luther Quince
- Jim Stafford as Long John