If you were around in the 1970s, you know that there were so many "good old boy with a vehicle" movies (and TV shows) that it was hard to tell them apart. Then in 1978, Every Which Way But Loose took that formula and added Dirty Harry and an orangutan. It couldn't miss. The movie was a light comedy, but it was an enormous hit. Even 40 years later, Every Which Way But Loose is on the list of the top 200 highest grossing films of all time. You might want to learn more about it.
8. The movie was originally intended for Burt Reynolds.
The film came almost right on the heels of Smokey and the Bandit and was geared to take advantage of that kind of success. But Burt turned it down.
7. This was Eastwood’s first pure comedy film.
Up this point his movies had a bit of comedy in them but it was coincidental and not the main drive of the film.
There's more from behind the scenes of Every Which Way But Loose at TVOM.