A rape victim is exacting revenge on her aggressors in a small town outside San Francisco. "Dirty" Harry Callahan, on suspension for angering his superiors (again), is assigned to the case.

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A vicious serial-killer is on the loose in San Francisco and the police trace a link to a small town further down the coast. When Harry Callahan upsets the press and the mayor in his usual style, he's shipped out of town to investigate while the heat is on. With the help of his new Magnum handgun Harry goes on the trail leaving behind the usual trail of dead criminals along the way. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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9 December 1983 (USA)  »

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$22,000,000 (estimated)

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$67,600,000 (USA)
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Charles B. Pierce wrote the line "Go ahead, make my day." The line was inspired by a warning that his father would say to Pierce when he was a child. According to Pierce, his father warned him "When I come home tonight and the yard has not been mowed, you're gonna make my day." See more »

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When Mick falls on the unicorn, there are three quick shots of him being impaled. The first and second shot show him straddling the unicorn with his leg straight. The third overhead shot shows his leg wrapped around the brass pole. See more »

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Harry Callahan: Do you know the emergency phone number for San Francisco General? Well, why don't you call them right now and have them send down an ambulance. Tell them there's two sorry-looking assholes here with multiple contusions and various abrasions and broken bones.
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THIS SIDE OF FOREVER
Performed by Roberta Flack
Music by Lalo Schifrin
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Poor - I blame her
25 October 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

As a Dirty Harry fan since the first one hit the cinemas in 1971, I somehow managed to miss this one until it was on TV last night. I thought the first one was great, the second was an interesting reversal of viewpoint, and the 3rd and 5th were adequate action thrillers.

So what of the 4th? I never shared Eastwood's fascination with Sondra Locke, and that's probably the reason why I never caught this movie until last night. So what did I find?

I found a rape/revenge movie which, when all was said and done, didn't need Harry Callahan in it at all.

I found Harry's activities pretty nearly exclusively limited to a) the usual falling out with authority (mostly plot-relevant) and b) the usual quasi-vigilante schtick - normally limited to a single encounter early on (viz, the diner in this movie) to establish character, but here repeated seemingly without end and with hardly any plot relevance.

I found a film full of unsympathetic characters.

I found an irritating unconvincing cackling psycho and an irritating unconvincing foul-mouthed dyke.

I found an irrelevant farting dog.

I found the usual atmospheric San Franciso locations replaced with a new but decidedly unatmospheric location, presumably 10 minutes down the road from Carmel so that Eastwood could nip home for lunch and Council meetings.

I found a great deal of unpleasantly misogynistic violence. And

I found Sondra Locke, who I didn't like any more in this film than I did in Josey Wales, Any Which Way 1 and 2, The Gauntlet, zzzzz.....

I'm glad Harry came back once more after this. The Dead Pool wasn't a great film by any stretch of the imagination, but it was noticeably better than this mess.


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