Detective Harry Callahan. He doesn't break murder cases. He smashes them.
When a madman dubbed the "Scorpio Killer" terrorizes San Francisco, hard-boiled cop Harry Callahan -- famous for his take-no-prisoners approach to law enforcement -- is tasked with hunting down the psychopath. Harry eventually collars Scorpio in the process of rescuing a kidnap victim, only to see him walk on technicalities. Now, the maverick detective is determined to nail the maniac himself.
I know what you're thinking. Didn't he review this already?
Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement, I didn't really lose track myself. No, I just decided to watch one of my absolute favourites again and I might as well just run through the whole series while I'm at it.
I reckon this is probably about my 63rd viewing of Dirty Harry and as I've mentioned before I probably first saw it, albeit in a heavily edited version, when I was 8. Each time I watch this film I think I watch it in a very different light. I think if you watch a favourite film enough you can start to see things that probably…
One of those rare films that wholly embodies its time period of disorderly, restless 70s crime, grime and ghetto culture, yet remains timeless in its storytelling. This movie could be released today as a period piece and still blow away audiences with how reserved it is. Still one of the coolest characters to ever grace to screen.
If there is one film that I'm most afraid for it falling into the hands of the Hollywood remake machine, it's this one.
It would not make my day if that would happen.
If I were to say that Dirty Harry was one of my favourite childhood films, there may be some out there who exclaim to themselves, "What kind of PARENTS did this man have?! Disgraceful!" Well, the types of parents that would let me watch violent Clint Eastwood films as long as I didn't pretend to shoot my little brothers and repeat any of the swear words.
In fact, I think it was a favourite film of mine as early as 9 - by that point I'd figured out the timer on the video and caught a late night showing of it. It was only a good number of years later that I, irritatedly, discovered that sodding ITV had cut out…
"I know what you're thinking,did he fire six shots or only five?Well to tell you the truth,in all this excitement, I kind of lost track myself. But being this is a .44 Magnum the most powerful handgun in the world ,and would blow your head clean off, you've got to ask yourself one question:Do I feel lucky? Well do ya, punk?".
Harry Callahan takes his first bow in this often violent crime thriller from the early seventies. Don Siegel directs Clint Eastwood as the unorthodox,cynical and no nonsense San Francisco Detective that became an instant hit with viewers and a thorny issue with civil rights protesters who saw him as a fascist,violent, misogynistic bully. Cited as another of those blood…
Oddly, I had never seen this all the way through until now, and I'd frequently heard about its fascist overtones for such a long time. I don't know if it's time or perhaps what we know of reality that has caused this, but the fascist/vigilante aspects seem somewhat tame compared to what I know of most other movies of this type. For one thing, the brass/superiors/district attorney are almost comically by the book, threatening Harry's job at almost every turn. If this movie had taken place in real life, I feel almost certainly that a suspected child kidnapper/cop killer would have his evidence tampered with or been set up in SOME manner in order to guarantee a conviction. Instead of…
-"I know what you're thinking. Did he fire six shots or only five? To tell the truth, in the excitement I kind of lost track myself. This is a. 44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world...and would blow your head clean off...you've got to ask yourself one question: "Do I feel lucky?" Well, do you, punk?"
Harry Callahan' children: John Rambo, John McClane, Martin Riggs. Stand alone against the system.
Epic scene: Harry stands on the level crossing.
Oh my word,
I'm not sure why it took me so long to watch this film.
Have I mentioned how much I love Clint Eastwood?
How could you go wrong with a Clint Eastwood movie? You can't.
Hardly high art, but attention grabbing. The baddie was a bit over the top silly, but I enjoyed the San Fran scenes and, of course, Eastwood as Harry. I'll be keeping an eye out for the sequels.
So many quotables, classic cop film.
This film is greatly entertaining, Clint Eastwood is very enjoyable as an anti-hero in this fun, action, crime thriller.
The original Callahan, and perhaps the best. Although the film is a little dated some of the dialogue, especially the lines delivered by Mr Eastwood, are enough to make this a straight up classic.
Oh, and it has a Lalo Schifrin soundtrack too!
Mayor: I don't want any more trouble like you had last year in the Fillmore District. Understand? That's my policy.
Insp. Harry Callahan: Yeah, well, when an adult male is chasing a female with intent to commit rape, I shoot the bastard; that's my policy.
Mayor: Intent? How did you establish that?
Insp. Harry Callahan: When a naked man is chasing a woman through an alley with a butcher knife and a hard-on, I figure he isn't out collecting for the Red Cross.
Mayor: [after Callahan has left] I think he's got a point.
At first, I was upset that the Letterbox summary spells out the entire damn movie. But, by the end of the movie, I'd realized that the entire thing was already spelled out for me as I've seen the 80s action movies that all completely stole every aspect of this.
This is the second seminal 70s cop drama I've watched recently, following The French Connection, but I found Dirty Harry to be the more uneven film. The images are often incredibly dark -- the dead nude girl being pulled from the well is a brutal sight -- yet the plot gets downright silly at times. Why would the mayor of San Francisco agree to pay off Serpico a second time when it was clear from the first time they tried it that the money wasn't going to stop the murders? And considering Callahan and Serpico's recent history, why in the world would you first ask Callahan to make the drop, especially when you wanted the transaction to go smoothly this…