Alcatraz is the most secure prison of its time. It is believed that no one can ever escape from it, until three daring men make a possible successful attempt at escaping from one of the most infamous prisons in the world.
A hard but mediocre cop is assigned to escort a prostitute into custody from Las Vegas to Phoenix, so that she can testify in a mob trial. But a lot of people are literally betting that they won't make it into town alive.
In the year 1971, San Francisco faces the terror of a maniac known as Scorpio- who snipes at innocent victims and demands ransom through notes left at the scene of the crime. Inspector Harry Callahan (known as Dirty Harry by his peers through his reputation handling of homicidal cases) is assigned to the case along with his newest partner Inspector Chico Gonzalez to track down Scorpio and stop him. Using humiliation and cat and mouse type of games against Callahan, Scorpio is put to the test with the cop with a dirty attitude. Written by
From the first scene, Eastwood dominates the movie and carves out Harry chewing up the scenery, kicking butts and taking names. The mayor, played by John Vernon, who usually dominates in his roles, watch ANIMAL HOUSE, does not have a chance against Eastwood. What are you doing, well for the last three quarters of an hour I have been sitting on my ass waiting on you. This is Dirty Harry; he takes crap from nobody. The counterculture's only cop hero and he quits in the end. They would have fired him anyway. This is the best of the series; the rest are crap next to this one. It features the best villain SCORPIO played by Andrew Robinson and nobody did crazy, with the exception of Bruce Dern, like Andy. You will love hating him; you will look forward to seeing him get what he so richly deserves. Kids, women Andy doesn't mind torturing and killing anybody. His dialogue is so well written, no don't pass out on me yet you rotten oinker!!!
The most famous scene, where Harry foils a bank robbery, while chomping on a hot dog, is drop dead funny. "seeing this is a 44 magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, and would blow your head clean off " Please, enough said, watch the movie. This film is non stop action with great comedy thrown in to lighten the grim story. The scene with the jumper on top of the roof; well, Harry is probably the world's worst social worker. It is also one of the funniest scenes in his films. Harry within the 'get the man' COOL HAND Luke era is a rebel like the hippies in the theater. The establishment does not work it is broken; Harry goes outside the rules like Luke. He has nothing but contempt for officialdom with a babbling idiot DA, played by Josef Sommer, prattling on about the rights of raving, murderous psychos.
This fits so well with COOL HAND Luke, the counterculture hero fighting the rules 'get the man' Harry is the same. This is why it shot Eastwood to the moon; the perfect role at just the right moment of American History. The hippies fighting the 'man' all piled into the cinemas a rebel cop showing us how the 'man's system' was broken. At the end, Harry looks at his badge contemptuously and flings it away. Want to know how Eastwood became an Icon? Watch this Movie!!!
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