Dirty Harry

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Synopsis

You've got to ask yourself a question: 'do I feel lucky?' Well, do ya, punk? Dirty Harry provoked a critical uproar in 1971 for its fascist message about the power of one, as it also elevated Clint Eastwood to superstar status through his most enduring screen persona. Harry Callahan (Eastwood, in a role meant for Frank Sinatra) is a sardonic, hard-working San Francisco cop who can't finish his lunch without having to foil a bank robbery with his 44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world. When hippie-esque psycho Scorpio (Andy Robinson) goes on a killing spree, Harry and new partner Chico (Reni Santoni) are assigned to hunt him down, but not before the Mayor (John Vernon) and Lt. Bressler (Harry Guardino) admonish Callahan about his heavy-handed tactics. Racing against a deadline to save a kidnap victim from suffocating to death and unbothered by the niceties of Miranda rights and search warrants, Callahan brings in Scorpio, only to see him released on technicalities. The law's crazy, opines Harry in disgust, before taking it upon himself to ensure that Scorpio doesn't kill again. Directed in violent and efficient fashion by Don Siegel, with a propulsive score by Lalo Schifrin, Dirty Harry was the fourth Siegel-Eastwood collaboration after Coogan's Bluff (1968), Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970), and The Beguiled (1970). Critics at the time strongly objected to the heroic image of a cop's violations of a suspect's Miranda rights, forcing Siegel and Eastwood to deny that they were right-wing reactionaries. All the same, Dirty Harry proved to be highly popular and spawned four sequels: Magnum Force (1973), The Enforcer (1976), Sudden Impact (1983), and The Dead Pool (1988).~ Lucia Bozzola, All Movie Guide

Cast

  • Clint Eastwood
  • Harry Guardino
  • Reni Santoni
  • John Vernon
  • Andrew Robinson
  • John Larch
  • John Mitchum
  • Mae Mercer
  • Lyn Edgington
  • Ruth Kobart

Did You Know?

Trivia

  • Theatrical movie debut of Josef Sommer (District Attorney William T. Rothko)
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Goofs

  • When facing the cross in the park, Harry's shadow first is directly in front of him, then to one side.
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Quotes

    • [after a battered crook has accused Harry of beating him]
    • Chief: Have you been following that man?
    • Harry Callahan: Yeah, I've been following him on my own time. And anybody can tell I didn't do that to him.
    • Chief: How?
    • Harry Callahan: Cause he looks too damn good, that's how!
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Metacritic

75

Dirty Harry is very effective at the level of a thriller. At another level, it uses the most potent star presence in American movies -- Clint Eastwood -- to lay things on the line. If there aren't mentalities like Dirty Harry's at loose in the land, then the movie is irrelevant. If there are, we should not blame the bearer of the bad news.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
100

Try to get Siegel’s masterful camera rise out of your head: gun-happy Harry looming over his jabbering perp, who screams like a stuck pig as the shot recedes high into a dense night fog. This is not a cop film. It’s a monster movie.

Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out