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(1973)

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Harry Callahan: [at end of main titles] This is a 44. Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, and it could blow your head clean off. Do you feel lucky?

[fires at the audience]

[last lines]

Harry Callahan: A man's GOT to know his limitations.

Prostitute: [to the cabdriver] Too bad you're not on welfare, I'd give you a freebie.

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Harry Callahan: You know those guys?

Early Smith: They came through the Academy after me. They stick together like flypaper, you know? Everybody thought they were queer for each other.

Harry Callahan: Tell you something. If the rest of you could shoot like them, I wouldn't care if the whole damn department was queer.

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Harry Callahan: Couldn't of happened to a nicer bunch of guys.

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Harry Callahan: [Harry is confronted by three of the vigilante cops] You heroes killed a dozen people this week. What are you going to do next week?

Officer Davis: Kill a dozen more.

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Lieutenant Briggs: Suppose they panic and start shooting?

Harry Callahan: Nothing wrong with shooting as long as the right people get shot!

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Lieutenant Briggs: You're on loan to Stakeout, Callahan.

Harry Callahan: That's right, Lieutenant! You saw to that.

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Harry Callahan: Well, I just work for the city, Briggs!

Lieutenant Briggs: So do I, longer than you, and I never had to take my gun out of its holster once. I'm proud of that.

Harry Callahan: Well, you're a good man, lieutenant. A good man always knows his limitations...

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Pilot: Excuse me, Captain. This may seem silly, but - can you fly?

Harry Callahan: Nope. Never even had a lesson.

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Lieutenant Briggs: [Comparing bullets under a microscope] Close, but no match. It has much more lines than the other. Where'd you get it from, by the way?

Harry Callahan: Oh, just some hunch.

Lieutenant Briggs: Tell me where.

Harry Callahan: Look, it doesn't matter because it doesn't match up, so there's no reason for me to tell you.

Lieutenant Briggs: Don't play any crap games with me.

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Infirmary Doctor: [stitching up Harry's head] Sure you don't want a local for this, Harry? Takes about seven stitches.

Harry Callahan: No, thanks.

Infirmary Doctor: Ok, it's your ass...

Harry Callahan: My head, the cut's on my head.

Infirmary Doctor: Why does everybody suddenly become a comedian in here?

Lieutenant Briggs: [comes in with Captain Avery] Does he have to stay in here?

Infirmary Doctor: No, I could stop and let the man's brains run out all over his shoes.

Captain Avery: Rogers, I don't need to have a doctor display that kind of attitude. A police officer is dead.

Infirmary Doctor: Sorry.

Lieutenant Briggs: I got those warrants for a search of the premises, Callahan, not for you to become judge, jury and executioner. It was supposed to be a simple arrest.

Harry Callahan: Well arresting a killer like Palancio isn't always simple.

Lieutenant Briggs: People are guilty until proven... I mean... goddamnit, you know what I mean. This city is on the verge of the worst criminal violence in it's history, and you have to start full scale military operations.

Harry Callahan: I didn't start shooting at anyone that didn't start shooting at me first.

Captain Avery: Every time you pull out that gun, my paperwork backs up for three goddamn months! The chief and I have already conferred on this matter, Callahan - a full investigation is warranted here.

[turns and leaves]

Lieutenant Briggs: [nodding repeatedly, obviously upset] What about a dead cop? I warned you against taking them.

Harry Callahan: Sweet was killed with the first shot. Besides, they were tipped off. They knew we were coming, Briggs.

Lieutenant Briggs: How? Don't hand me that crap.

Harry Callahan: I'm telling you, they knew we were coming. After 200 arrests, I know the difference!

Lieutenant Briggs: If I have my way, Callahan, you won't make another arrest as long as you live.

Harry Callahan: [contemptous] Is that all, lieutenant?

Lieutenant Briggs: No, that's not all. I want that slug you showed me.

Harry Callahan: I ran that through ballistics, it was nothing, the rifling was totally different.

Lieutenant Briggs: It's still state's evidence, I want it anyway.

Harry Callahan: [takes it out and throws it at Briggs] Eat it!

[the bullet hits Briggs in the chest and drops to the floor]

Harry Callahan: [Briggs bends down to get it and then slowly gets back up glaring at Harry]

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Man at Mailbox: [seeing Harry take apart a mailbox] Hey, what's going on down here?

Harry Callahan: Taking apart the mailbox, what does it look like?

Man at Mailbox: Well you people live here, right? What the hell are you doing to the mailbox, did you lose your key?

Harry Callahan: Why don't you mind your own goddamn business?

Man at Mailbox: Ummm. That's my mailbox too, now. Don't you get smart with me!

[after a moment]

Man at Mailbox: Tampering with the mail's a federal offense. I'm calling the police.

[starts to head upstairs to do so]

Harry Callahan: I am the police.

Man at Mailbox: [comes back down] What?... oh. The cop who lives upstairs?

[Harry has the mailbox open now and finds a miniature bomb inside, with a red light lit up on it. He takes it out and clicks a button causing the red light to go out]

Man at Mailbox: What's that?

Harry Callahan: Plastic explosive.

Man at Mailbox: [quavering voice] A bomb?

Harry Callahan: Yeah, that's right. If you'd bothered me any more, we'd all be stuck to the ceiling now. Here... would you like to hold it?

Man at Mailbox: No no, I don't want to get involved!

[runs upstairs]

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Harry Callahan: [someone knocks on Harry's door] Who is it?

[no answer and there's another knock]

Harry Callahan: [takes gun out and aims it at door] Come on in.

Lieutenant Briggs: [enters] I don't like looking down one of those.

[Harry reholsters his gun]

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Lieutenant Briggs: Turn right here... get on the freeway.

Harry Callahan: The freeway? You got a new route to City Hall, Lieutenant?

Harry Callahan: [Briggs puts his glasses away, takes his gun out and points it at Callahan] Your gun's out of it's holster, Briggs. First time?

Lieutenant Briggs: You know you're not going to City Hall, Callahan. The only way you're going anywhere is in a rubber bag.

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Lieutenant Briggs: [With gun pointed] Just hold it right there, Callahan. No tricks!

Harry Callahan: [Activates the bomb he's holding out of sight] Your organization is through, Briggs.

Lieutenant Briggs: [Nods slyly] There's a lot more where they came from, believe me. Move out of the way. Move it!

[Harry tosses the bomb in the backseat and steps away. Briggs gets in]

Lieutenant Briggs: Uphold the law. You just killed three police officers, Harry. And the only reason why I'm not gonna kill you, is because I'm gonna prosecute you- with your own system. It'll be my word against yours. Who's gonna believe you? You're a killer, Harry. A maniac.

[Briggs starts to drive away when the car blows up]

Harry Callahan: A man's GOT to know his limitations.

[Walks away]

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Lieutenant Briggs: People are guilty until proven... I mean... God damn it, you know what I mean!

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Lieutenant Briggs: You're a good cop, Harry. You had a chance to join my team, but you decided to stick with the system.

Harry Callahan: Briggs, I hate the goddamn system! But until someone comes along with changes that make sense, I'll stick with it.

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Walter, Crime Scene Investigator: [Harry and Walter are examining the car of the pimp shot to death] Now, he'd have to be standing right here, this close. Point-blank range.

Harry Callahan: The driver's license and a hundred dollar bill were out, almost like he was showing it to a traffic cop.

Walter, Crime Scene Investigator: Yeah. And from what we have it figures to be someone impersonating a police officer. On the cars at least, it's been done before. This close it would have to be someone he would never recognize.

Harry Callahan: Or never suspect.

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Harry Callahan: Where'd you learn to shoot like that? Certainly not around here.

Officer Phil Sweet: No, sir. Airborne Rangers... Special Forces.

Harry Callahan: And how about the rest of these guys? Are they as good as you?

Officer Phil Sweet: Well, Grimes here... I'd say he's about even with me... Astrachan's a little better on a good day

Officer Red Astrachan: [snickers] A little better?

Officer Phil Sweet: And Davis there... he's just dog crazy. He's a lot better.

Harry Callahan: A lot better? You sure show a sense of style... Sweet is it? Well, when I get back on homicide I hope you boys will come see me.

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Officer Phil Sweet: What kind of a load do you use in that .44?

Harry Callahan: It's a light Special. This size gun it gives you better control and less recoil than a .357 Magnum with wadcutters.

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Officer Davis: I feel somewhat responsible.

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Carol McCoy: [to Harry] Damn. Do you think with all these kids I'm ever going to get laid?

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Sunny: [as Harry walks by to his appartment] Hi!

Harry Callahan: Oh, hi... what's your name?

Sunny: Sunny. You know, I've been living here for almost six months now. It's funny I've never met you before.

Harry Callahan: Oh well... I work a lot.

Sunny: I know. You're the cop who lives upstairs.

Harry Callahan: That's right.

Sunny: Mind if I ask you a question?

Harry Callahan: Go ahead.

Sunny: What does a girl have to do to go to bed with you?

Harry Callahan: [blinks twice, then smiles] Try knocking on the door.

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Harry Callahan: [seeing the three hold-up men come into the store] Well, here's three salty-lookin' dudes!

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Nude Boy: This coke is out of sight!

Nude Girl: Oh, Guzman is the man, baby.

Nude Boy: Oh, you bitch. Don't spill it.

Lou Guzman: That stuff's worth $900 an ounce. You better not spill it.

Nude Girl: Don't get so uptight.

Lou Guzman: Nobody says "don't" to me. You understand? Nobody.

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Pool Girl: Will you look at my ring?

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[Harry is casualy talking with Sunny when the phone rings]

Harry Callahan: [into the phone] Hello?

Lieutenant Briggs: [into the phone] Callahan? It's Briggs. Are you alone right now?

Harry Callahan: [into the phone] No, I'm actually entertaining a woman.

Lieutenant Briggs: [into the phone] Well, put your pants back on and come down to the station right away.

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