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.
Picking up three years after the events in Magnum Force (1973), a threatening terrorist group called "The People's Revolutionary Strike Force" declare war on the city of San Francisco and demand a ransom to be paid, otherwise they plan to blow the city apart. While Inspector "Dirty" Harry Callahan (Clint Eastwood) is in limbo following his unorthodox method during a robbery, he's sent to dispatch the terrorist group, by playing their game by being dirtier than ever. But this time, he has a new partner, Inspector Kate Moore (Tyne Daly), which might prove the task to be somewhat more difficult than ever, unless the two can work together.
When Harry meets Uhuru leader, Mustapha (Albert Popwell), he asks "Where do I know you from?" Popwell played a bank robber in Dirty Harry (1971), a pimp in Magnum Force (1973), and Horace in Sudden Impact (1983). He didn't appear in The Dead Pool (1988). See more »
When Harry chases Henry Lee on the roofs we can briefly see one person (very likely one of the crew) standing on another roof on the background. When Harry reaches the same point the person is gone. See more »
The Network Television version that aired on ABC had alternate footage filmed for some scenes:
-When Harry shoots the criminal in the crotch at the beginning, the TV version switches to an angle shot from the top of the stairs so you don't see the bullet impact
-Harry says "personnel? that's for [idiots]!" instead of Assholes
-During the board test before officer Moore walks in, there is an alternate shot of Buster Novy to obscure the Cop saying "do something god dammit!"
-When Harry grabs the phone out of Bressler's hands, he says "I'm coming down there myself! You better have those files open..." then it cuts to an alternate angle from behind Harry slamming the phone down on the receiver, cutting his "you pencil pushing son of a bitch!" completely
-Harry says "Oh no" instead of "oh shit" upon seeing he has to work with officer Moore.
-Nudity during the chase when the criminal and harry fall into the bedroom is censored
-There is a close up/alternate shot of one of the mayors bodyguards being shot in the head so you don't see the blood when he's shot See more »
Kindler, gentler Dirty Harry film which puts our bureaucracy-hating, crime-busting hero with a female partner played by Tyne Daly, who would later achieve fame on "Cagney & Lacey" and is currently seen on "Judging Amy." Thin plot, some classic Eastwood quotes, but the villains can't match Andy Robinson from "Dirty Harry" or David Soul from "Magnum Force." This might be the weakest Harry of the bunch.
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