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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) &
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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 »
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(557 articles)
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One of the defining film 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 (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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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:
Both Arnold Schwarzenegger and Robert Urich (now deceased) cited the character of Harry Callahan as being one of the biggest influences on their careers. Schwarzenegger said watching Dirty Harry inspired him to seek out action roles with wisecracking heroes who were a law unto themselves. Urich based his portrayal of Dan Tanna in the TV show "Vega$" (1978) on Clint Eastwood's performance in Dirty Harry, especially his tendency never to get angry or raise his voice. According to Urich, when shooting the pilot, he was very consciously doing an impression of Eastwood having worked with him in the Dirty Harry sequal 'Magnum Force'.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: In the opening scene, Scorpio is shown using a high-powered rifle with a silencer. When he fires, the sound is muffled, as with a silencer. The silencer used as a prop is for a small caliber pistol. Not only wouldn't it silence a rifle, the gas pressure would probably blow it apart. Also, while it would be possible to suppress the muzzle report with a proper silencer (about a foot long and 3" diameter for that rifle), the distances involved would still require a supersonic bullet, which causes a supersonic crack. The suppressor would make it harder to identify the source and direction of the shot, and harder for civilians to identify the nature of the sound, but it would still be an audible crack.See more »
Quotes:
Chief:Callahan? You willing to take the money to him?
Harry Callahan:When will you people stop messing around with this guy? He's gotta be stopped now!
The Mayor:He's got a busload of kids and I can't take that chance. I gave my word of honor on it and he will not be molested! That's a direct order, Callahan!
Harry Callahan:Well, you can just get yourself another delivery boy.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Major League (1989)See more »
Soundtrack:
Harry's Hot DogSee more »

FAQ

What brand of sunglasses does Harry wear?
With all the evidence against Scorpio, how could the police possibly have let him go?
What rank is Harry?
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93 out of 133 people found the following review useful.
One of the defining film of the 1970s, 18 October 2003

Released on Christmas Day 1971, "Dirty Harry" transformed Clint Eastwood from cult figure to superstar. Another maverick cop thriller, "The French Connection," was released a few months earlier, and it may have won the Oscars and garnered the critical acclaim, but "Dirty Harry" is the true classic of the two, and the most influential. Great action magnificently directed by Don Siegel, the master of the genre, great dialogue, and relentless tension make this the ultimate detective thriller and one of the defining films of the 1970s.

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