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Dirty Harry -- A San Francisco cop with little regard for rules (but who always gets results) tries to track down a serial killer who snipes at random victims.

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Director:
Writers:
Harry Julian Fink (screenplay) &
Rita M. Fink (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
23 December 1971 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Dirty Harry and the homicidal maniac. Harry's the one with the badge. See more »
Plot:
When a mad man calling himself 'the Scorpio Killer' menaces the city, tough as nails San Francisco Police Inspector Harry Callahan is assigned to track down and ferret out the crazed psychopath. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
NewsDesk:
(558 articles)
User Reviews:
One of "The" films of the 1970s See more (275 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Clint Eastwood ... Harry

Harry Guardino ... Bressler

Reni Santoni ... Chico

John Vernon ... The Mayor

Andrew Robinson ... Killer (as Andy Robinson)
John Larch ... Chief
John Mitchum ... De Giorgio
Mae Mercer ... Mrs. Russell
Lyn Edgington ... Norma
Ruth Kobart ... Bus Driver

Woodrow Parfrey ... Mr. Jaffe

Josef Sommer ... Rothko
William Paterson ... Bannerman
James Nolan ... Liquor Proprietor
Maurice Argent ... Sid Kleinman (as Maurice S. Argent)
Jo De Winter ... Miss Willis
Craig Kelly ... Sgt. Reineke (as Craig G. Kelly)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ann Bowen ... Yelling Wife (uncredited)
George Burrafato ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Joy Carlin ... Communications Secretary (uncredited)
Bill Couch ... Suicide Jumper (uncredited)
Jana D'Amico ... Third Nude (uncredited)
Tony Dario ... Police Sergeant (uncredited)
Diane Darnell ... Mayor's Secretary (uncredited)
Diana Davidson ... Swimmer (uncredited)
Vince Deadrick Sr. ... Pedestrian (uncredited)
Chuck Dorsett ... TV Watcher (uncredited)
Al Dunlap ... Man in Jaffe's Cafe (uncredited)
Larry Duran ... (uncredited)
Denise Dyer ... Bus Kid (uncredited)
Diane Dyer ... Bus Kid (uncredited)
George Fargo ... Homicide Detective (uncredited)
Joe Finnegan ... Man in Truck (uncredited)
Leslie Fong ... Man with Sam (uncredited)
Lois Foraker ... Hot Mary (uncredited)

Max Gail ... Tunnel Hoodlum (uncredited)
John Garber ... Tunnel Hoodlum (uncredited)
Eddie Garrett ... Policeman (uncredited)
James W. Gavin ... Helicopter Pilot (uncredited)
David Gilliam ... Homosexual (uncredited)
Don Haggerty ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Scott Hale ... Newsman (uncredited)
Jack Hanson ... Bus Kid (uncredited)
Kate Harper ... Underwear Chick (uncredited)
Bob Harris ... Man in Truck (uncredited)
Diana Henrichsen ... Hippie Chick (uncredited)
Marc Hertsens ... Steve - Doctor (uncredited)

Chuck Hicks ... Flower Vendor (uncredited)
Raymond Johnson ... Big Black Man (uncredited)
Derek Jue ... Bus Kid (uncredited)
Stu Klitsner ... Policeman (uncredited)

Richard Lawson ... Homosexual (uncredited)
Sean Maley ... Bus Kid (uncredited)
Laurie Mock ... Third Nude (uncredited)
Charles Murphy ... Man on Pay Phone (uncredited)
Mary Ann Neis ... Miss Van Sachs (uncredited)
Ann Noland ... Hippie Girl (uncredited)
Kathleen O'Malley ... Lady in Jaffe's Cafe (uncredited)

Angela Paton ... Homicide Detective (uncredited)
Victor Paul ... Car Driver (uncredited)
John W. Peebles ... Walkie-Talkie Cop (uncredited)
Albert Popwell ... Bank Robber (uncredited)
Christopher Pray ... Tunnel Hoodlum (uncredited)
Lolita Rios ... Nude (uncredited)
Ernest Robinson ... Robber (uncredited)
Frederic Ross ... Hippie Guy (uncredited)
Richard Samuelson ... Bus Kid (uncredited)

Debralee Scott ... Ann Mary Deacon (uncredited)
Allen Seaman ... Orderly (uncredited)
Don Siegel ... Pedestrian Passing Harry's Car (uncredited)
Kristoffer Tabori ... Hippie Guy (uncredited)
Pamela Tanimura ... Bus Kid (uncredited)
John Tracy ... Black Queen's Friend (uncredited)
John Frederick Vick ... Fire Chief (uncredited)
Charles Washburn ... Intern (uncredited)
Dean Webber ... Newsman (uncredited)
Janet Wisely ... First Nude (uncredited)
Stephen Zacks ... Lake Kid (uncredited)

Directed by
Don Siegel 
 
Writing credits
Harry Julian Fink (screenplay) &
Rita M. Fink (screenplay) (as R. M. Fink) and
Dean Riesner (screenplay)

Harry Julian Fink (story) &
Rita M. Fink (story) (as R. M. Fink)

Jo Heims  story (uncredited)
John Milius  screenplay (uncredited)

Produced by
Robert Daley .... executive producer
Carl Pingitore .... associate producer
Don Siegel .... producer
Clint Eastwood .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Lalo Schifrin 
 
Cinematography by
Bruce Surtees (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Carl Pingitore 
 
Art Direction by
Dale Hennesy 
 
Set Decoration by
Robert De Vestel  (as Robert DeVestel)
 
Makeup Department
Gordon Bau .... makeup supervisor
Jean Burt Reilly .... supervising hair stylist
 
Production Management
Jim Henderling .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert Rubin .... assistant director
Paul Samuelson .... assistant director (uncredited)
Barry Stern .... assistant director (uncredited)
Charles Washburn .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
William Randall .... sound
Sergio Reyes .... additional sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Dan Wallin .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Jane Aull .... stunts (uncredited)
Alex Brown .... stunts (uncredited)
Steven Burnett .... stunts (uncredited)
Bill Couch .... stunt double (uncredited)
Everett Creach .... stunts (uncredited)
Dick Crockett .... stunts (uncredited)
Billy Curtis .... stunts (uncredited)
Vince Deadrick Sr. .... stunts (uncredited)
Bennie E. Dobbins .... stunts (uncredited)
Larry Duran .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Harris .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Hicks .... stunts (uncredited)
Raylene Holliday .... stunts (uncredited)
John Hudkins .... stunts (uncredited)
Julie Ann Johnson .... stunts (uncredited)
William T. Lane .... stunts (uncredited)
Fred Lerner .... stunts (uncredited)
Jerry Maren .... stunts (uncredited)
Paula Martin .... stunts (uncredited)
Troy Melton .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Miles .... stunts (uncredited)
Boyd 'Red' Morgan .... stunts (uncredited)
Regina Parton .... stunts (uncredited)
Karl Rizzo .... stunts (uncredited)
Ernest Robinson .... stunts (uncredited)
George Sawaya .... stunts (uncredited)
Walter Scott .... stunts (uncredited)
Alex Sharp .... stunts (uncredited)
Eddie Smith .... stunts (uncredited)
Emory Souza .... stunts (uncredited)
Fred Stromsoe .... stunts (uncredited)
Mark Thomas .... stunts (uncredited)
Buddy Van Horn .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Buddy Van Horn .... stunt double (uncredited)
Richard Washington .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Bernie Abramson .... still photographer (uncredited)
Kyle T. MacDowell .... electrician (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Glenn Wright .... wardrobe
 
Music Department
Mike Deasy .... musician (uncredited)
Dan Wallin .... score mixer (uncredited)
 
Other crew
George Fargo .... assistant to producer
Scott Hale .... dialogue supervisor
Philip L. Clarke .... voice (uncredited)
Carl Combs .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Carlene Connelly .... voice (uncredited)
Fred Draper .... voice (uncredited)
Clint Eastwood .... fill-in director (uncredited)
John Finnegan .... voice (uncredited)
Michael Freeman .... voice (uncredited)
Don Haggerty .... voice (uncredited)
Joanne Moore Jordan .... voice (uncredited)
Darren Moloney .... voice (uncredited)
Jill Riha .... voice (uncredited)
Leon Russom .... voice (uncredited)
Michele Tobin .... voice (uncredited)
Wendy Tochi .... voice (uncredited)
Arnold F. Turner .... voice (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
102 min | Portugal:99 min (cut version)
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:18 | Australia:MA | Australia:R (original rating) | Brazil:14 | Canada:PG (Manitoba) | Canada:R (Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Québec) | Finland:K-15 (uncut) (2002) | Finland:K-16 (cut) (1972) | Finland:(Banned) (uncut) (1972) | France:-12 | Iceland:16 | Ireland:18 | Ireland:15 (re-rating) (2008) | Italy:VM14 | Japan:PG-12 | Mexico:C | Netherlands:12 (TV version) (slightly cut) | Netherlands:16 (re-rating) | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1972) | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:18 | Norway:15 (DVD rating) | Norway:16 (cut) | Peru:18 | Portugal:M/18 | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:18 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:18 (tv rating) | UK:15 (re-rating) (2008) | UK:18 (video rating) (1986) (1997) | USA:R (approved: no. 23049) | West Germany:16

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The shoes Scorpio wears are actually Corcoran Jump Boots that are worn exclusively by Army Paratroopers.See more »
Goofs:
Incorrectly regarded as goofs: It is often claimed that Harry is incorrect when he refers to the .44 Magnum as the most powerful handgun in the world. Technically, he is and he isn't. In 1971, the .44 Magnum (developed in 1957) was the most powerful commercially available handgun in the world, meaning it fired the most powerful production cartridge. This means it was the most powerful handgun round made by ammo companies and sold on the market. In 1971, the .454 Casull (developed in 1959) was more powerful than the .44 Magnum, but the .454 Casull wasn't produced commercially until 1983, so Harry is inaccurate in stating that it is the most powerful handgun in the world, but he is accurate in stating that it is the most powerful handgun available for use.See more »
Quotes:
The Killer:[Scorpio has jacked and the unaware kids are singing with him] Row, row, row your boat/gently down the stream/merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily...
Bus Kid:Where are we going?
The Killer:What? What did you say?
Bus Kid:Where are we going?
The Killer:We're going to the ice-cream factory and see how ice-cream's made. Now anybody who doesn't wanna go can get off right here.
Bus Kid:I wanna go home to my mommy.
The Killer:[slaps the kid] Stupid kid! Come on sing everyone! Sing or I'll go home and kill all your mommies, sing, sing!
The Killer:[kids reluctantly sing with Scorpio] ... gently down the stream/merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,/ life is quite a dream!
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Soundtrack:
No More Lies, GirlSee more »

FAQ

What special features are on the DVD?
I've heard Harry only fires five shots in the bank robbery scene. Is this accurate?
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67 out of 86 people found the following review useful.
One of "The" films of the 1970s, 27 April 2005
Author: MovieAddict2014 from UK

Don Siegel's "Dirty Harry" was arguably the start of the serial killer/cop genre inherent in so many mainstream American movies released today. Setting the stage for countless rip-offs and sequels, "Dirty Harry" was one of the true first of its kind--not only in regards to its genre influence but also in terms of its content. (Full frontal nudity, heavy vigilante-style violence and strong language.) It is, in fact, one of the quintessential 1970s films--capturing the very essence of the typical gritty '70s film style we're all familiar with. If "Midnight Cowboy" began the trend, "Dirty Harry" extends it.

Clint Eastwood delivers one of his finest performances as the titular "Dirty" Harry Callahan. He's got just the right amount of cocky cynacism and inset sense of self-justice and importance to make the character realistic and likable, despite his flaws.

The plot almost seems routine now, but back in '71 it was controversial stuff: Harry is a tough cop trying to track down a mad serial killer in San Francisco, who is murdering victims in an effort to receive ransom money. When he kidnaps a young girl, Harry makes it his mission to disobey direct orders and take on the killer by himself.

It's easy to point at this now and say, "I've seen this already." In many cases film classics can only be graded well for nostalgic purposes, because their imitators have improved upon the original material.

Not here. The original really does still remain (one of) the best.

Siegel would later follow up "Dirty Harry" with another examination of criminals and cops, and would also team up again with Clint Eastwood. This is probably his best film, which is saying a lot. Its reputation precedes it, but in this case, the strength of the film itself really is deserving of its popularity. The final speech is awesome stuff.

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