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Dirty Harry (1971)

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When a madman calling himself "the Scorpio Killer" menaces the city, tough as nails San Francisco Police Inspector "Dirty" Harry Callahan is assigned to track down and ferret out the crazed psychopath.

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Don Siegel

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Harry Julian Fink (screenplay), Rita M. Fink (screenplay) (as R.M. Fink) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Georgio
Mae Mercer Mae Mercer ... Mrs. Russell
Lyn Edgington Lyn Edgington ... Norma
Ruth Kobart ... Bus Driver
Woodrow Parfrey ... Mr. Jaffe
Josef Sommer ... Rothko
William Paterson William Paterson ... Bannerman
James Nolan ... Liquor Proprietor
Maurice Argent Maurice Argent ... Sid Kleinman (as Maurice S. Argent)
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In 1971, San Francisco faces the terror of a maniac known as the "Scorpio Killer" (Andrew Robinson), who snipes at innocent victims and demands ransom through notes left at the scene of the crime. Inspector "Dirty" Harry Callahan (Clint Eastwood) is assigned to the case along with his newest partner Inspector Chico Gonzalez (Reni Santoni) to track down Scorpio and stop him. Using humiliation and cat-and-mouse type of games against Callahan, Scorpio is put to the test with the cop with a dirty attitude. Written by commanderblue

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do you feel lucky punk? See more »

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Action | Crime | Thriller

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Trivia

The first of five movies starring Clint Eastwood as Inspector "Dirty" Harry Callahan. See more »

Goofs

The killer is quickly identified as using a 30.06 rifle, one of the most powerful in the world with an effective range up to 3,500 yards, having a muzzle velocity of about 2,700 feet-per-second and over 2,400 foot-pounds of force. In the first scene, the killer is only 300 yards from his target, and from that distance, the bullet (150-grain) would have traveled completely through the woman's body and kept going, and not just stopped after hitting her scapula (shoulder blade bone). See more »

Quotes

The Killer: Drop the gun, freeze! I'll blow his brains out! DROP THE FUCKING GUN!
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Crazy Credits

During the opening credits, the word "Dirty" in the title is in brown as opposed to the rest of the credits' yellow. See more »

Alternate Versions

When screened on the cable TV channel, AMC, the first shootout was edited in such a way as to create a continuity error with Harry's "Did I shoot five times, or six?". In the edited version, his third shot is missing, as is his sixth shoot (which sends the robber crashing through a window). Thus, he only fires four times, not six, as he does in the unedited version. See more »

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Clint Eastwood with his .44 Magnum blow away this 70's action classic masterpiece of all time!
12 January 2019 | by dirtyharryfanSee all my reviews

One of my all time personal favorite "Dirty Harry" action cop crime movie franchise of the 70's of all time. Insp. Harry Callahan is Clint Eastwood's best role he ever played. This movie is an action powerful masterpiece, I love this film franchise to death all 5 movies. Clint Eastwood with his .44 Magnum blow away this 70's action classic masterpiece. Their were 5 "Dirty Harry" movies of course 4 sequels. Magnum Force, The Enforcer, Sudden Impact and The Dead Pool and I enjoy all 5 "Dirty Harry" movies they are all great. There is no bad Dirty Harry movie at all. I love the cinematography, the filming locations shot in a San Francisco area. Great soundtrack by Lalo Schifrin.

I love "Dirty Harry" movies I am a fan of this movies I grew up watching them I would say they are MILES way better movies than "Death Wish" franchise. The first Death Wish come out in 1974 and it become a franchise like Dirty Harry. I don't like Death Wish the first movie I couldn't get in to it. I love Superman and John Carpenter's Assault on Precinct 13 with Dirty Harry these movies I love Death Wish I don't like.

Dirty Harry come out in 1971 it was directed by wonderful director Don Siegel who worked with Eastwood before, this was their fourth movie together. Clint Eastwood plays excellent as Insp. Harry Callahan on a hunt of a serial killer Scorpio (Andy Robinson). Who is killing people and ransoms San Francisco for $100,000 to stop the killing. Insp. Harry Callahan (Clint Eastwood) knows he has to stop the killer, he has to be stop.

Another was the quality of Clint Eastwood's character as "Harry Callahan", which was obviously a breakthrough for him at the time. He is best described as a smart-talking cop who hated criminals and broken the laws in serving time for the police. Harry wasn't a vigilante and he wasn't above the law. He did what he did to protect the innocents. I love how Harry jump on a bus on the roof, you have great showdown between Harry and Scorpio. Harry stabs a killer with a knife in his leg real powerful acting performance.

Clint Eastwood, Reni Santoni and Andy Robinson perfectly played their roles. Andy Robinson and Reni Santoni were reunited in Cobra (1986) my favorite action film from The Cannon Group, Inc. Cobra was an Stallone's answer to Dirty Harry. Andy Robinson was in horror flick Hellraiser (1987), he was a terrific actor did a great performance ever as a psychotic killer Scorpio. Reni Santoni as Chico Gonzales partner of Insp. Harry Callahan. Those there actors in these movie are great. I love Insp. Harry Callahan famous catch praise line: I know what you're thinking. "Did he fire six shots or only five?" But being this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world and would blow your head clean off, you've gotta ask yourself one question: "Do I feel lucky?"

Dirty Harry is the best action masterpiece of the 70's my personal favorite franchise movies of all time. It was box office and critical successful. I love this movie to death I do have the DVD and all 5 movies on Blu-ray disc. I love this film to death I love Insp. Harry Callahan he is my favorite action hero.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 December 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dead Right See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$35,976,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$35,976,000
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The Malpaso Company See more »
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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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