Directed by Don Siegel • 1968 • United States
Starring Clint Eastwood, Lee J. Cobb, Susan Clark
Fresh from his star-making collaborations with Sergio Leone, Clint Eastwood inaugurated his next great creative partnership with this exciting police thriller, the first of five major films he made with action specialist Don Siegel (DIRTY HARRY). Continuing to refine his tough-guy image, Eastwood stars as Walt Coogan, a soft-spoken, straightforward Arizona lawman who is sent to New York to extradite a captured murderer (Don Stroud). Coogan trips up, the inmate escapes, and the hunt is on. But while Coogan’s style of frontier justice may have flown in Arizona, it doesn’t go over too well with frustrated NYC Police Lieutenant McElroy (Lee J. Cobb), who can’t decide who is more of a menace: the prisoner or the lawman.