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Harry looks into an apartment window and sees a woman take off her top. We see her bare upper back, and then her breasts briefly when she looks out the window on two separate occasions. Harry's partner makes a joke: "Now I know why they call you Dirty Harry," intimating that he was being voyeuristic.

A young woman is seen in her apartment in underwear, then nude. We see her breasts briefly, as well as her buttocks and hairy vulval area extremely quickly.

The nude body of a girl is seen--her breasts and pubic hair are visible.

At a strip club, there is a "topless contest" going on. We see a woman on a bed completely nude (breasts visible from the side) as well as several topless dancers on stage--only their buttocks are very obvious.

Harry tells a story of a naked man running after a woman with a butcher knife. He is trying to help his ignorant comrades realize when they can assume rape is impending.


A man shoots a teenage girl whilst she's swimming. He shoots her from a distance, however we see her get shot very close up. A bit of blood sprays and she dies.

A bank robbery shows gunshots and smashing cars. We see a wounded man with blood on him, and Harry has a bit of blood on his leg.

Harry carries a 44 magnum as his side arm, as powerful of a gun as it is, it results in deaths that can be graphic and violent.

Harry is beaten in one scene by the villain. He is repeatedly kicked and punched. He retaliates by stabbing the assailant's leg with a knife. We see large amounts of blood oozing from the wound. Harry is shown bruised and bloodied.

Harry shoots the villain in the leg and upon the villain's refusal to give up vital information, Harry tortures him by standing on the gunshot wound causing the villain to scream in pain, which could be upsetting for some viewers.

The villain pays someone to repeatedly punch him in the face with a knuckle duster. The villain's face afterwards may look slightly disturbing to some viewers; it is distorted and bloodied.

The villain hijacks a school bus, threatens the driver with a gun and brutalizes the children. This scene is presented in a disturbing manner. He slaps one of the kids, and knocks the bus driver out with a whack to the head.

Harry shoots the villain in the shoulder, a tiny bit of blood sprays. He then shoots him in the heart. Blood sprays and he falls into a lake.


2 uses of fuck (the first is hard to hear)

1 SOB, 1 bastard, 1 asshole,

1 use of nigger

3 goddamns

4 uses of "Jesus" or "Christ", 19 additional curses of all varieties

There are also 14 crass and highly crass words, not including a strong racial slur for a whole list of ethnic groups--perhaps 12 or more.

The film features some very outdated, stereotypical depictions of racial minorities, and in one brief scene, a homosexual young man.


In a few scenes, we see people smoking cigars and drink.


Suggested MPAA Rating: R for bloody violence, sexuality/nudity and for some language.

Much of the movie has a tense mood.

A deranged killer shoots people with a sniper rifle, brutally beats a police officer, kills and rapes a young girl, and hijacks a school bus filled with children. The same man pays to be beaten and disfigured by a man with brass knuckles.

The protagonist is an equally brutal and morally dubious police officer, who goes to extreme lengths to catch and kill the villain. The violent nature of this character may distress some viewers.

Many of the scenes are violent, disturbing, and intense. The characters are complex and violent. This movie is not for sensitive viewers.

Total: 32/50


Argentina:18 / Australia:R18+ (original rating) / Australia:MA15+ (re-rating) (1999) / Brazil:14 / Canada:18A (British Columbia) / Canada:PG (Manitoba) / Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) / Canada:R (Ontario) / Canada:13+ (Québec) / Czech Republic: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 (original rating) / Italy:T (re-rating) / 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 / Russia:16+ / Singapore:M18 / South Korea:18 / Spain:18 / Sweden:15 / UK:X (original rating) / UK:15 (theatrical re-release) (2008) / UK:18 (video rating) (1986) / USA:R (approved: no. 23049) / West Germany:16

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