San Francisco Inspector "Dirty" Harry Callahan (Clint Eastwood) must foil a terrorist organization made up of disgruntled Vietnam veterans. But this time, he's teamed with female partner Inspector Kate Moore (Tyne Daly), with whom he's not too excited to be working.
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.
A hard but mediocre cop is assigned to escort a prostitute into custody from Las Vegas to Phoenix, so that she can testify in a mob trial. But a lot of people are literally betting that they won't make it into town alive.
San Francisco Police Inspector "Dirty" Harry Callahan (Clint Eastwood) and his new partner, Earlington "Early" Smith (Felton Perry) have been temporarily reassigned from Homicide to Stakeout Duty. Meanwhile, those of the city's criminals who manage to avoid punishment by the courts are nevertheless being killed by unknown assassins. Callahan begins to investigate the murders despite orders from his superior officer, Lieutenant Neil Briggs (Hal Holbrook). A man has to know his limitations.Written by
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According to Screenwriter John Milius, the drain cleaner scene was never meant to be filmed, but was only mentioned in his original script. See more »
The pool massacre actually takes place in Marin County, which the movie tries to pass off as somewhere within the jurisdiction of the San Francisco Police Department. See more »
[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]
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The credits are played over a hand (presumably Harry's) holding a 44 Magnum against a red background. As such, this is the only Dirty Harry movie in which the opening credits are not played over San Francisco scenery. See more »
A Network Television cut that aired in the 80s and 90s made the following cuts:
-The gunshot to the camera at the end of the opening titles is cut off.
-Many of the gunshots to victims such as Ricca, the Pimp, people in the swimming pool etc are cut down significantly, removing several gunshots. Lingering shots on their dead bodies are also removed.
-Much of the language, including racial slurs are all removed entirely.
-The scene of the pimp killing the prostitute is shortened for language, violence, and sexual content. Some TV edits just cut it entirely and go straight to the pimp's traffic stop after the robbery scene.
-Love scenes with Sunny and Harry are also shortened.
-The Guzman scene is severely cut down. All shots inside his room with the naked man and woman doing drugs are cut entirely. The scene is re-edited so Guzman walks out to the balcony, the cop shoots the guard outside his room, the stakeout squad jump into action, then the movie immediately cuts to Charlie McCoy's death scene in the basement.
-McCoy's shot to the head is cut
-Some deaths in the Pilancio shoot out are censored and a lot of impact shots of bullets are cut.
-Many cuts are made to the movie to fit it into a 2 hr time slot with commercials as well. See more »
Solid Sequel For Dirty Harry, Making Messes All Over San Francisco.
This was a difficult movie to rate. First off, it's probably one of the best sequels I have ever seen. It's hard to follow 'Dirty Harry' (1971), and it would have been easy to screw this up by changing cities too soon, or making Harry a 'nice guy'. Although Harry is noticeably less racist, he isn't a nice guy. I can justify the lack of blatant racism in the sequel based on the character being in trouble at work all the time, and probably trying to tone it down since his demotion/transfer. The reality is, the movie was a hit, and they didn't want to promote a racist-murderer-vigilate-cop. The location shooting was great, for the second time, and they killed people in entertaining ways all over San Fransisco. I could have given points for Clint Eastwood's performance, but he played the same character that was already a hit, and he played it the same way. Instead, I awarded points for believability and consistency - it was more believable than the first film, yet very consistent to the character. All in all, a great film featuring an iconic character.