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(1983)

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Clint Eastwood is seen wearing Gargoyles sunglasses, which would later surface in The Terminator (1984). The latter film also spawned an ad campaign with Arnold Schwarznegger wearing the sunglasses, saving the company from bankruptcy.
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The only 'Dirty Harry' movie directed by its star Clint Eastwood.
Of the five 'Dirty Harry' movies, it was this film that used the catchphrase "Go ahead, make my day" whereupon it became synonymous with the Harry Calahan character and became popularized into the vernacular of popular culture. Although Clint Eastwood made the phrase "Go ahead, make my day" famous, it was originally used a year earlier by actor Gary Swanson in the movie Vice Squad (1982). Swanson, who played a Hollywood vice cop, said the line, "Go ahead, scumbag, make my day," to actor Wings Hauser, who played a pimp, during a bust. The quote is often erroneously attributed by most people to be from the first movie of this series, Dirty Harry (1971). The phrase was also voted in a 2005 poll by the American Film Institute as the No. #6 most memorable line in cinema history. The phrase was so well publicized and became so popular that many members of the public knew about it by the time the movie opened.
The highest-grossing of the Dirty Harry film series.
It has been estimated that Clint Eastwood earned around 30 million dollars for this picture. Around this time, Eastwood's salary on movies took sixty percent of the profit, with forty percent for Warner Brothers.
The famous "Make My Day" sequence was filmed at a Burger Island restaurant in San Francisco. It is now a McDonald's.
The movie's line "Go ahead, make my day" was voted as the #6 movie quote by the American Film Institute (out of 100).
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."
When Clint Eastwood campaigned for Mayor of Carmel (Carmel-by-the-Sea) in California in 1986, he used bumper stickers that said, "Go Ahead - Make Me Mayor".
In promoting this film, Clint Eastwood said: "I think the public is interested in justice, and that's what Harry stands for. He's unique because he stood for the same principles from the beginning, when it wasn't terribly fashionable...People are little edgy about the rights of criminals taking precedent over the rights of victims. They are more impatient with courtroom procedures and legal delays".
The only Dirty Harry film where Callahan uses a semi-automatic handgun. The gun is a large caliber semi-automatic pistol AMP (auto magnum pistol).44 AutoMag model 180. It was developed by the Auto Mag Corporation between 1966 and 1971 to translate the power of .44 magnum to a semi-automatic pistol. Cartridges for the .44 Auto Mag were originally formed using surplus .30-06 or .308 Winchester (similar to the 7.62 x 51 NATO) - at the time of the film's release ammunition for the Auto Mag firearms were available from Norma in Sweden (see also Beverly Hills Cop II).
The only Dirty Harry film where Callahan doesn't have a partner.
Final of six movies made by former real-life couple Clint Eastwood and Sondra Locke.
The screenplay was originally written for a non-Dirty Harry film with Sondra Locke. However, this script, by Earl E. Smith and Charles B. Pierce, was later re-written by Joseph Stinson into this 'Dirty Harry' movie.
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The film's famous "Go ahead, make my day" line went on to be immortalized by the American Presidency when then U.S. President Ronald Reagan used it in a key address when he said, "I have my veto pen drawn and ready for any tax increase that Congress might even think of sending up. And I have only one thing to say to the tax increasers. Go ahead--make my day." This was on March 13, 1985, in a speech threatening to veto legislation raising taxes at the American Business Conference.
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This movie was not the first time that Clint Eastwood directed himself as the Dirty Harry character, though it is the first entire film where he did so. Eastwood directed the suicide jumper scene in the first Dirty Harry (1971).
The reason the film was made at all had to do with a survey. Warner Bros. was preparing to release the Sean Connery James Bond film Never Say Never Again (1983) and they took a survey. They asked movie goers to name an actor and a famous part that actor played. Clint Eastwood as "Dirty Harry" scored so high in the survey results, the studio told Eastwood it would be "open" to distributing another "Dirty Harry" film. Eastwood made this film as a result of that meeting.
Albert Popwell's fourth and final appearance in a Dirty Harry film.
Ed Harris was offered the role of Mick.
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A young Camryn Manheim appears in the elevator that Harry Callahan is riding near the beginning of the movie.
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The carousel Jennifer is researching is the "1911 Looff Carousel" located at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk in Santa Cruz,California. In 1987 the U.S. Park Service declared the ornate merry-go-round a National Historic Landmark along with the Boardwalk's 1924 Giant Dipper roller coaster.
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The only Dirty Harry film not primarily set in San Francisco.
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The scene where Callahan chases the robber in the senior citizen bus was filmed at and around the Pacific Garden Mall in Santa Cruz, California. This area was heavily damaged in the Loma Prieta earthquake on October 17, 1989. Many of the buildings in this scene had to be razed, due to extensive earthquake damage.
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This was the third and final film that Pat Hingle made with Clint Eastwood. The first two were Hang 'Em High (1968) and The Gauntlet (1977). Both Hang 'Em High (1968) and Sudden Impact (1983) feature Eastwood as a tough guy lawman who borderlines on vigilantism and Hingle as his superior who has a heavy disdain for the way that he does things.
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Bradford Dillman previously played Captain Jerome McKay in The Enforcer (1976), and plays Captain Briggs here. Magnum Force (1973) featured a different character named Lt. Briggs played by Hal Holbrook. It is unclear whether the two Briggses are related or just have the same last name.
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Penultimate 'Dirty Harry' movie. The film was the fourth in the series, being made seven years after the previous entry The Enforcer (1976) and five years before the last The Dead Pool (1988).
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Clint Eastwood and Sondra Locke named one of their parrots Meathead after the dog in the film.
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The film takes place in 1973 and May 1983.
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Sondra Locke celebrated her 39th birthday on the set.
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Out of the orginal poster art when they were advertised and also duplicated on the front covers of first run VHS and DVD boxes, this is the only Dirty Harry movie where his gun isn't on the poster or front covers.
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First of two consecutive cop films for Clint Eastwood where the main killer shares same or similar personality traits with the detective Eastwood is portraying. The other movie was Tightrope (1984).
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The name of the bulldog was "Meathead".
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Trade Paper 'Variety' said of this film that Sondra Locke "looks astonishingly like Tippi Hedren in [Alfred] Hitchcock's Marnie (1964)".
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The only Dirty Harry movie that has flashbacks.
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The first Dirty Harry movie where the ending credits aren't a freeze frame of the last shot with credits presented in slide show form. Here, the camera has an aerial shot for a few minutes, then fades to black in the middle of the credit sequence while the credits move up wards like most movies. It is also the only Dirty Harry film where Harry is not seen walking away at the end.
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Clint Eastwood's eleventh film for Warner Brothers.
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The only sequel directed by Clint Eastwood.
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The tenth movie directed by Clint Eastwood.
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The three leads Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke and Pat Hingle also worked together in the earlier Eastwood action movie The Gauntlet (1977). Both were directed by Clint Eastwood.
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The first Dirty Harry film which concludes during a night scene. The first three films concluded during a day scene.
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The first Dirty Harry movie to open with a nighttime scene.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The production company had to keep a diver on the set during the filming of the climactic scene filmed on a pier in which Callahan shoots the bad guy. When the gun would jam, which it did frequently, Clint Eastwood would in a fit of rage throw the gun a considerable distance into the water. The diver would retrieve the gun, which would be dried out, repaired, and reloaded for the next take.
Body count: 18 (including Threlkis)
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Has a surprising amount of similarities with his western High Plains Drifter (1973). Not only were they both directed by and starring Clint Eastwood and released ten years apart, but both movies have haunting flashbacks that are revenge stories. Harry gets beaten up by three men similar to the Marshall getting whipped by three men. Both movies have rape. The first action scene Clint Eastwood is in at the beginning of both movies has him shooting and killing three characters. The climax of both movies are the same location in the flashbacks with Eastwood in the shadows at night killing the remaining villains. These are also the only two Clint Eastwood movies to costar actor Russ McCubbin. He plays Fred Short in High Plains Drifter (1973) and Eddie in Sudden Impact (1983).
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The only Dirty Harry movie where the character responsible for the killings Harry investigates isn't killed by Harry at the end. He lets her go.
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