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Dirty Harry is on the trail of vigilante cops who are not above going beyond the law to kill the city's undesirables.

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Storyline

San Francisco Police Inspector 'Dirty' Harry Callahan and his new partner, Early Smith have been temporarily reassigned from Homicide to Stakeout Duty. You 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 Briggs. A man has to know his limitations... Written by Bruce Janson <bruce@cs.su.oz.au>

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25 December 1973 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,871,011, 30 December 1973

Gross USA:

$44,680,473, 31 December 1974
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Trivia

Early Smith's sidearm is a Colt Diamondback snub nose. Manufactured from 1966 to 1986, this firearm is now a valuable collector's item. See more »

Goofs

After Callahan removes the bomb from his own mailbox, he looks up at a man on the nearby stairs. As a car drives by on the street, the lights from it cast the shadow of the boom operator onto the wall. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
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]
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Crazy Credits

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 »

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Vigilantes and 'Dirty Harry'
14 June 2006 | by See all my reviews

The first sequel to "Dirty Harry," is an involving story that grabs you right from the start and keeps you interested for the full two hours.

In this one, "Harry" (Clint Eastwood) goes up against cops-turned-vigilantes. It's interesting to see two of those young policemen who went on to stardom on TV: David Soul and Robert Urich. However, I don't recall Urich uttering one line! Hal Holbrook, meanwhile, was convincing as the bad guy-lieutenant.

The climactic scene was a little hokey: all kinds of car chases and shootouts in the streets but no one else around! Where was everyone? Have you ever noticed how many times that happens in movies. All kinds of strange and loud things happen on the road but at that particular time - even in the middle of the day - no one else is on the road. Oh well. All these 'Dirty Harry' movies are entertaining nonetheless.


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