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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 »
User Reviews:
Something wild about Harry See more (307 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 (as Jo De Winter)
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)
Gordon Chaplin ... Fireman (uncredited)
Bill Couch ... Suicide Jumper (uncredited)
Jana D'Amico ... Third Nude (uncredited)

David Daniel ... Sailor (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)
Terrence Malick  screenplay (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)
 
Art Department
Frank L. Brown .... set dresser (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
William Randall .... sound
Sergio Reyes .... additional sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Dan Wallin .... re-recording mixer (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Jane Aull .... stunts (uncredited)
Alex Brown .... stunts (uncredited)
Stephen Burnette .... 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)
Willie 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:R (original rating) | Australia:MA (re-rating) (1999) | Brazil:14 | Canada:18A (British Columbia) | Canada:PG (Manitoba) | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) | Canada:R (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Québec) | Chile:14 | Colombia:18 | Czech Republic:15 | Denmark:15 | Finland:K-15 (uncut) (2002) | Finland:K-16 (cut) (1972) | Finland:(Banned) (uncut) (1972) | France:12 | Hungary:16 | Iceland:16 | Ireland:18 | 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:15 (re-rating) (2008) | UK:18 (video rating) (1986) | USA:R (approved: no. 23049) | West Germany:16

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Clint Eastwood agreed to star in the film only on the proviso that Don Siegel direct. Siegel was under contract to Universal at the time, and Eastwood personally went to the studio heads to ask them to 'loan' Siegel to Warner. Eastwood has always maintained in interviews that the reason he took the role was because he felt the issue of victims' rights was being ignored in the political arena at the time, and he thought the film could be a good way to bring it more to the fore (which it did).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: As Harry crosses the street toward the downed bank robber, the shotgun is a few feet away from the robber's hand and well out of reach. A moment later after Harry delivers his famous lines, the shotgun is only a few inches away from the robber's hand, making it clear why the robber was tempted to go for the weapon.See more »
Quotes:
Doctor:Sure, Harry. We can save the leg.
[takes out some scissors]
Harry Callahan:What are you going to do with those?
Doctor:Going to cut your pants off.
Harry Callahan:No. I'll take them off.
Doctor:It'll hurt.
Harry Callahan:$29.50, let it hurt.
See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Ecmnesia (2012)See more »
Soundtrack:
Row, Row, Row Your Boat See more »

FAQ

I've heard Harry only fires five shots in the bank robbery scene. Is this accurate?
I've heard this is one of Michael Mann's favorite films. Is that correct?
With all the evidence against Scorpio, how could the police possibly have let him go?
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36 out of 47 people found the following review useful.
Something wild about Harry, 29 January 2005
Author: ian-433 from Edinburgh, Scotland

Don Siegel's highly polished .44 magnum-opus, with Clint Eastwood as the daddy (or should that be mutha?) of all maverick cops. Given an A-picture budget by Warners, Siegel delivered a tremendously taut thriller, as provocatively amoral as anything he had done in his 20-year career of expert B-pics like The Killers.

Dirty Harry also gave Eastwood a definitive Hollywood identity after leaving spaghetti westerns behind. It may lack the humour of Siegel and Eastwood's first collaboration, Coogan's Bluff, but it packs a much more uneasy political punch.

Inspector Harry Callaghan is the taciturn, laconic spokesman of Nixon's Silent Majority, elevated to iconic status. His dialogue with criminals is delivered behind the barrel of a devastatingly phallic Magnum hand-gun. "Feel lucky, punk?" he taunts one wounded miscreant in a famous line he repeats at the end of the film.

There's just enough moral ambiguity about Harry in this film to escape it being an endorsement of vigilantism – but if it poses resonating questions about how a liberal society can be held hostage by those outside the law, it also contrives a worryingly two-dimensional picture of psycho-killer Scorpio (Andy Robinson) - and of Harry, himself – with which to frame those questions.

Made by the veteran director in the same year as Hollywood-new wave young gun William Friedkin shot The French Connection, it's just as coolly authoritative and exciting. Siegel uses Bruce Surtees' always serviceable photography of San Francisco locations with flair (years before, he had shot the low-budget but excellent The Line-Up there). The swooping helicopter shot out of the baseball stadium, as if to rush the audience away (either as witnesses or as voyeurs) as Eastwood presses his foot on Scorpio's wounded leg, shows Siegel's smooth mastery of the medium.

Siegel made the insouciant Charley Varrick with Walter Matthau next, after which his career went into slow decline.

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