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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…
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.
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…
Movies set in San Francisco have always appealed to me. From Bullitt to Copycat, Vertigo to Zodiac, they all have a backdrop of that beautiful city to enhance their story. Dirty Harry also uses Frisco and the real-life Zodiac Killer as it's inspiration for a film that collared controversy for its violence and no-nonsense protagonist. Don Siegel would give Clint Eastwood one of his most enduring characters and also one of the most quotable. Full of action, full of testosterone, Dirty Harry was Hollywood's answer to the urban crime wave that was sweeping Americas cities. Right-wing in its politics, Dirty Harry Callaghan became the anti-hero of American crime films over the space of four sequels. Technically brilliant, it has aged slightly over the years as a slew of copycat films upped the ante on the violence front, but this remains an iconic film with a cynical edge.
Harry: 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?
Harry: When a naked man chases a woman in an alley with a knife and a hard-on, I figure he isn't out collecting for the Red Cross.
Clint Eastwood shines on screen and establishes himself as the charismatic and gritty hero we remember today. You can feel cinema gold being made as he utters now iconic lines through his clenched teeth. To me this message still rings true, even though we may have forgotten the controversy of Miranda rights and accept red tape and barriers as part of the journey to justice. In the end Callahan has to become an every day citizen to do his job as an officer of the law. Our legal system's job is to deliver swift justice. Dirty Harry reveals a system that only delivers ransom money. This film also reflects a time when those involved with making the film could take…
-For a film that came out in the 1970s, this film is beautiful.
-The camera work in this film is nice and fluid. I don't know much about the technical aspects of camera angles and all but all I can say is that it feels nice and fluid. Maybe one day i can explain it but not today.
-Clint Eastwood performance as Dirty Harry is charismatic as hell. If anything, his performance and portrayal of Dirty Harry is the highlight of the film. Clint Eastwood's performance adds a lot of depth to a traditional character. He's suave, hardworking, caring and fierce and dedicated to his job. Dirty Harry's actions have consequences, serious consequences. Some characters who do this crazy…
I initially planned on writing a review but Eastwood as Dirty Harry is just too awesome so here's just a compilation of his quotes in the movie because there's nothing I could possibly add:
"29.50, let it hurt."
"Yeah, well, when an adult male is chasing a female with intent to commit rape, I shoot the bastard - that's my policy."
"When a naked man chases a woman through a dark alley with a butcher knife and a hard on, I figure he isn't out collecting for the Red Cross."
"Get outta the way, hammer-head."
"Well, I'm all broken up about that man's rights."
"Well to tell you the truth in all this excitement I lost track myself. But being…
Callahan wears v-neck sweaters and elbow patched jackets through the entire movie. Shoulda called him Nerdy Harry.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I first saw Dirty Harry not long after I saw Million Dollar Baby and it was after watching both of these films that secured my love for Clint Eastwood.
Dirty Harry came out in the same year as The French Connection and it was interesting watching it again after watching The French Connection. While I feel that The French Connection is much more visually stunning, morally ambiguous and truly deserving of it's Oscar for Best Picture. I have to argue that Eastwood deserved Best Actor or at least a nomination and I would rather watch Dirty Harry over The French Connection any day.
The film making technique of Dirty Harry is very simple but Eastwood is what makes the film…
Superb, besides the shot of the huge cross in the city (which is technically marvelous) casting its shadow on Callahan, indirectly implying that God, or anyone, is bigger than Clint Eastwood.
More archetype than classic in its own right with many of the themes copied over the years but it's worth watching for Eastwood alone. Disdainful, jaded, sarcastic but still passionate about the job, or at least what he perceives the job should be, by the later films he had become a little more playful but he still has a sense of fun here.
The plot unwinds satisfactorily but really it's a film of moments.
The movie Dirty Harry really is all it's cracked up to be: A damned good action-packed crime-thriller. Dirty Harry (Clint Eastwood) is out to get the notorious and crazed Scorpio-killer Andy Robinson (Andrew Robinson). It is a film worth watching if you like crime-thrillers with some action.
Some critics are not fond of Andy Robinson as the Scorpio-killer but I have to completely disagree. I think Robinson was perfect for the role. With Andrew playing the role, we have a killer (Andy) with an innocent look about him - and that alone is enough to believe him blameless of such gruesome crimes - but behind his looks is a mind of a criminally sick man. Outstanding performance by Andrew Robinson.
Clint Eastwood - he is just as good as always. He is a well seasoned, brilliant actor.
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