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Dirty Harry -- Academy Award winner Clint Eastwood stars as no-holds-barred San Francisco cop Dirty Harry Calahan in this action thriller that began a an action franchise--Dirty Harry.
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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Harry Julian Fink (screenplay) &
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Release Date:
23 December 1971 (USA) See more »
Dirty Harry and the homicidal maniac. Harry's the one with the badge. See more »
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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1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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"Go ahead, make my day" See more (290 total) »


  (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)
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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102 min | Portugal:99 min (cut version)
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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?

Initially, Warner Bros. wanted either Sydney Pollack or Irvin Kershner to direct. Kershner was eventually hired when Frank Sinatra was still set to star, but when Sinatra dropped out, so too did Kershner.See more »
Revealing mistakes: There are numerous contradictions and inconsistencies with San Francisco Police Department polices on tailing suspects, correct radio procedures and etiquette, calling in their position, calling for backup, and unlawfully discharging their firearm (e.g., the police fire their guns into the air as warning shots).See more »
Big Black Man:[Big Black has just been given a wad of cash by Scorpio] You want to go all the way?
The Killer:Every penny's worth.
Big Black Man:Relax. Take it easy. It's gonna be all right.
[pulls on a pair of leather gloves and methodically beats Scorpio into a bloody pulp]
Big Black Man:You sure you want the rest of it?
The Killer:Every penny's worth, you black son of a bitch!
Big Black Man:[kicks Scorpio hard] This one's on the house!
[flattens him with one last punch and walks away]
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Police Quest: Open Season (1993) (VG)See more »
Harry's Hot DogSee more »


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39 out of 69 people found the following review useful.
"Go ahead, make my day", 23 February 2003
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

It's interesting seeing Dirty Harry for the first time, since I expected to hear that catch phrase over and over again. I only heard it twice and both were well merited- the first is said to a caught bankrobber and it's spoken like it's right out of the script, direct. The second comes near the end when Harry finally has his culprit cornered, and all the rage and fury is revealed, which made me want to cheer even though I was watching it by myself.

Dirty Harry is one of the best and indeed grittiest action films from the 70's, possibly from the 20th century, and it makes Clint Eastwood's Dirty Harry into a star by making such an anti-hero witty and likeable, sort of in a sense like an avenging, cop version of McDowell's character in Clockwork Orange (both released in 1971). In this first installment of the "Callahan" movies, Harry is brought on the case of the zodiac killer (Andrew Robinson), and is given a new partner, which Harry can't stand, and as the events unfold he knows he has to get him. Robinson is perfectly cast as the killer, with his scene on the bus ranking as one of the more terrifying, visceral scenes in the movies. Very 70's, but it's hard-boiled status can't be denied for Clint buffs. A+

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