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
Robert Mitchum turned down the lead role, calling this, "a film I would not do for any amount". Mitchum's younger brother John appears in the first three films as Insp. Frank DiGeorgio. See more »
When Callahan enters the groundskeeper's room, there is an Oakland Raiders pennant hanging on a locker. But Kezar Stadium was the home of the San Francsco 49ers; given the two teams' cross-bay rivalry, it is not likely that the 49ers groundskeeper would allow a Raiders pennant in his locker room, as the Raiders only played there in 1960 and the 49ers played there for a further 10 years (and finished the 1971 season in first place in the NFC west). See more »
There must be something you can get him on.
Without the evidence of the gun and the girl, I couldn't convict him of spitting on the sidewalk.
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DIRTY HARRY (1971) **** Clint Eastwood, Harry Guardino, Andy Robinson, John Vernon. Eastwood made cinematic lore out of laconic San Francisco renegade cop Harry Callahan known more for his intolerence of the bureaucratic legal system and his firm belief in justice through violent means necessitated by righting wrongs. In the first of the series he's faced with a psycho serial killer named Scorpio (grinning looney toon Robinson) just begging to be noticed. Directed by Eastwood's long-time mentor Don Siegal the film acts as a parable of the system strangle-holding society and still remains an indictment of how bad things still are. Classic Clint.
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