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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:
"Harry Hates Everybody!" See more (277 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)
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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)
 
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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:16 | Netherlands:12 (TV rating) | 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:
Scorpio's real name is never revealed through out the entire movie, and in the ending credits he is simply listed as "killer". However after the film's release, a novelization gave his real name as Charles Davis.See more »
Goofs:
Incorrectly regarded as goofs: At the end of the bank robbery Harry delivers his famous line which includes "Did I fire 5 times or 6"? Some viewers have suggested that Harry fired only 4 times, but in actuality you only see Harry fire 4 times - if you listen carefully you hear 6 shots.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Harry Callahan:Jesus.
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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Harry's Hot DogSee more »

FAQ

With all the evidence against Scorpio, how could the police possibly have let him go?
What rank is Harry?
What special features are on the DVD?
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108 out of 151 people found the following review useful.
"Harry Hates Everybody!", 14 February 1999
Author: Michael Coy (michael.coy@virgin.net) from London, England

How radically different cinema history, and our collective consciousness, would have been if Frank Sinatra hadn't injured his hand before shooting started on "Dirty Harry". Sinatra was due to play Harry, but had to withdraw, clearing the way for Clint. Given Sinatra's unique brand of self-loathing, Harry would have been an uglier personality than Clint made him. As it is, Lieutenant Callaghan is an ornery anti-liberal cuss of a guy, but he is straight and likeable. Arguably, it was this characterisation which made Eastwood a megastar.

San Francisco in 1971 was ready for stardom itself. The West Coast love-in scene and the gay 'boom', together with McQueen's "Bullitt", raised awareness of San Francisco as an exciting liberal city with a photogenic skyline. The film's funky score by Lalo Schifrin is perfectly-judged, and spawned numerous imitators.

The central narrative concerns a lone nut who is trying to hold the city to ransom. He starts by murdering citizens to extort money from the mayor, then progresses to kidnapping children. This plays cleverly on the inchoate anxieties of Middle America, where law-abiding people were puzzled and alarmed at the 'crime wave' and the threat it posed to them and their families. Crime in the decades before the Kennedy assassination had been compartmentalised by Hollywood. Gangsters were bad, but they killed other gangsters. Now the danger was unpredictable, irrational - and solitary. The lone madman was as likely to strike against me or you as against an institution. Only a single-minded strong man, operating on the fringes of the rules, could combat this new terror.

Harry is a paradox. In one sense, he is an 'outlaw'. He has little respect for formal authority (in the opening minutes, we see him being rude to the mayor) and he carries a strictly non-regulation monster of a gun. Harry is openly racist and mutinous. And yet he is also deeply moral. He conforms to an unarticulated ethical code that is anglosaxon American. He protects the weak and confronts the wrongdoers, no matter how the odds are stacked against him. Indeed, the cowardly bureaucrats who will never reward him or promote him are able to exploit his profound decency. They send him on all the difficult, dirty jobs because they know that his sense of right and wrong won't allow him to walk away.

Early in the film, the famous bank robbery scene occurs. This has become so familiar that it hardly needs elaborating here, but to summarise, Harry foils an armed robbery using icy courage and grim humour - and his magnum handgun. The special brand of Eastwood humour recurs throughout the story (eg, the suicide jumper and the gay called 'Alice'). White anglosaxon America is encouraged to laugh at the undergroups which supposedly threaten it.

When the bad guy 'Scorpio' is cornered, he immediately starts bleating about his civil rights. This is meant to arouse our fury, because we have seen him callously destroying the lives of others, and here he is exploiting the protection of the state. To make matters worse, the state agrees with him. We see the DA and a judge explaining to Harry why the cogent evidence against Scorpio is inadmissible. Just exactly why the DA would call a meeting with a lowly policeman in order to explain department policy is far from clear, but the scene is thematically necessary. Scorpio is using the System against the decent, godfearing people who own it. The liberal apparatus is skewed if it lets a killer walk away scot-free.

There are some illogicalities about the plot. Such an important event as the cash drop is left to two cops working alone, when in reality there would be a massive covert operation. When Scorpio beats the rap, there is no public outcry or media storm, and he is allowed to get on with his anonymous existence virtually untroubled.

However, this hardly matters since the main thrust of the story is the coming showdown between Harry and the bad guy. As the climax approaches, Harry drops out of the police operation. Scorpio is at his manic worst on the hi-jacked school bus, alienating us nicely and suppressing any liberal twitches we may still be feeling. Then we see Harry, standing as upright and sturdy as the Statue Of Liberty ....

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