All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. An easy way of seeing how…
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.
The Outlaw Josey Wales takes out the trash on the streets of San Francisco armed with his .44 Magnum in Don Siegel's quintessential man's man fuck you political correctness action flick that introduced the world to one of the coolest badass motherfuckin' characters in the history of cinema Dirty Harry Callahan. Rooftop swimming pool. Shell casing. Scorpio manifesto. Mayor John Vernon. The usual. 211. Sudden Magnum Impact Force. The infamous question. Fuck haircuts. Fuck partners. Fuck highbrows. Fuck them all! Horoscope classifieds. Psycho smile. Blue Thunder's cousin. Tits at the window. Hot Mary? Useful partner? Jumper. Clint's hair. Chico's glasses. High-tech binoculars. Peeping Harry. Loose tooth. Payphone. Wild goose chase. Make out mountain. Alice. Statue stillness. Ski mask. Chico's timing.…
Well, this is surely the most confounding Terrance Malick film. Oh wait, that script was never produced.
What was produced turned out to be one of the most iconic films of the 70’s, and one that ushered in a new style of gritty detective drama. The Man With No Name is transported through time, and now works on the San Francisco police force. As the gun-slinger era drew to a close, Clint and his director friend Don Segal crafted “Dirty” Harry Callahan as the face of the modern day moral gunslinger; one who lives and acts by his own rules. The cherry on top in the form of the equally iconic pair of questions “Do I feel Lucky? Well, do…
It is so nice to re-watch a film you have known for your entire life and find that it really is as good as you remembered.
I'm not sure why I don't grab a Clint film automatically for my Friday Night Action/Thriller selection. Clint is the man. That sounds so 80s but he is The Man. He's always the same reliably rogue character with fantastic zingers when it counts. I was surprised to find that in Dirty Harry none of those were delivered in that way modern movies tend to include "The Zinger That May Go Viral". His were all understated and à propos. Nothing cute and catchy for its own sake. So refreshing.
What is particularly interesting about this…
A very disturbing villain, plenty of solid one liners, and Eastwood playing a tough antihero. Dirty Harry is a very suitable vehicle for the three aforementioned talking points. I enjoyed it even if I felt a little sick at times. Eastwood's costumes (drab browns and grey tweeds but time period appropriate) yet debonair (always in a suit) strike the right balance. Some interesting pieces of musical score as well.
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…
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.
There's a reason this series set up the cliches cop films would eventually run into the ground. The titular Harry is the embodiment of a cop that literally breaks all the rules... because he shatters those rules with every motion. He's sick of bureaucracy getting in the way of true justice in a fashion that's a bit familiar, but consistently engaging. It helps that he's in a fight against the truly despicable villain like Scorpio, played with a heightened sense of madness by Andrew Robinson, encompassing the weasley sicko nature of this character masterfully. Don Siegel's direction is also quite innovative, filled with high tension in both the extensive car chases and quiet character moments that's never dull.
Is Dirty Harry just plain and simple police paranoia–fear mongering? Because that's the only legitimate angle to it I can find. Clint Eastwood's letter to Andrew Sarris claiming the film was about showing "concern for the victims instead of the accused" is a weak one considering the film focuses for a maybe a minute on the victims and the rest on the difficulties of hunting down the accused. Look, I don't doubt that the police sometimes have trouble apprehending criminals due to legal restrictions, but any kind of debate that completely ignores the other—frankly more convincing—side of the argument as well portraying the menace to society as so broadly, exaggeratedly evil Harry can't help but be vindicated isn't going to…
Film 309 of my 2015 500 Film Challenge
Awesome. Still holds up insanely well, a tense, enjoyable and iconic piece of 70's cinema.
Eastwood is excellent as Dirty Harry, bringing such a brutal, no nonsense character to life.
The action scenes are really solid. The bus scene at the end, that was some tense shit.
Clint Eastwood as 'Flamboyant Police Officer'
A crisp, smart, enjoyable action caper, and another out-the-park Eastwood showpiece.
Dirty Harry is action/thriller by Don Siegel starring Clint Eastwood about a detective that is after a serial killer.
This movie is in my opinion ok for the most part, it has its slow parts, its frustrating parts and its really fun parts. The most famous scene of the movie ( "Do you feel lucky, Punk ?" ) is the best part of the entire movie by far. The problem is that most of the movie is not near as good as that part and then gets frustrating and to a point even tedious.
It's an ok movie and it gets 3 stars or a 6/10
An instant, bone fide classic Eastwood vehicle, Dirty Harry is still easily the best film in the Dirty Harry series and one of the best cop movies ever. Stinging social and political commentary aside (which is slightly to the right of Attila the Hun), Don Siegel infuses the film with unbearable tension. Eastwood snarls his way through the film and delivers one of the most iconic performances of any era. Andrew Robinson is perfect as the mad killer, photography is lucid and nightmarish to the point that San Francisco is almost a supporting character in the film (and the subsequent sequels. Lalo Schifrin's score is unforgettable. Damn good movie that every cinephile should see.
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