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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.
For all of the movies that came in the wake of this behemoth, even if they got some of the chops down, like say the low-angle hero shots, the hate speech, the weapons fetish, or the fascist politics, the majority lack its strong, often genuinely witty, coherent script (I'm looking at you BAD BOYS II). Fascist, though it may be, it has snappy dialogue and an economic story that seems episodic at first until you realize it has all been in service of developing the central character and building his world. Don Siegel, though, good God... that shocking helicopter-away shot when Harry's torturing Scorpio in the football stadium... Clint Eastwood's stance as he stands on the overpass waiting for the school bus to drive under, the same image appearing in the following shot as a reflection on the school bus windshield... Clearly not an accident that this movie or this character are iconic. Gets better every time I watch it.
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…
When Drafthouse puts on a marathon I'm nearly always there, so when it was the Dirty Harry one I knew I especially had to since I had already done it once before a couple years back at home. My stepdad Dan is a huge Eastwood fan so he got the whole set when they released them on Blu-ray. His interest got my interest and I set aside a weekend for all five of them. I remember liking all of them originally but this was the first time I had seen any since then.
Dirty Harry is a very strong start for the franchise. It sets up nearly everything iconic about Harry fairly early on and without being too obnoxious about…
Dawn of an era cop movie that features some decent action, gritty dialogue, stellar soundtrack, and of course Clint. Something about the villain just seems flimsy despite the plot that revolves around him and the movie suffers from pacing issues.
"You've got to ask yourself one question: 'Do I feel lucky?' Well, do ya, punk?"
Although I have a feeling I saw this some time when I was a kid, I really don't remember, so it was pretty much like watching it for the first time. The film was solid, with Clint Eastwood playing the role of the cynical Detective Callahan perfectly. The film skips any twist or surprise regarding the identity of the killer, choosing to go for a cat-and-mouse approach instead, while making its point about crime and legal bureaucracy. I do think the film dragged a bit towards the end, but it was still a fun watch.
I'm torn by Dirty Harry. Eastwood is entertaining here and I feel like he fits the character of Harry Callahan to a t, but Andy Robinson's villain can't keep up with Callahan and seemed almost like a parody of a villain. The film's blunt characterization of Callahan as a hero, despite being an asshole of sorts, kind of put me off. I understand that Scorpio is a serial killer, but for the film to almost make a joke of any of Callahan's unorthodox tactics in pursuit of catching said killer seemed overtly biased. I think this sort of filmic ideology will rub people different ways. Some people won't care at all, but it rubbed me the wrong way.
I just saw this film again for probably the 10th time...but this time I got to see it in beautiful 35mm at a marathon screening of all the Harry Callahan movies.
A perfect escape valve for the feeling people had in America at the time when they felt crime was out of control. The movie which became the formula of the loose cannon cop movie.
It has some of the most amazing shots of the film series. I still feel is a controversial movie which blurs the line between following the law and being a vigilante.
Does this really need a review?
This film is perfect. This came out the same year as another landmark cop thriller The French Connection. It's dark and complex. And Clint Eastwood became a full fledged legend with the role of Harry Callahan. And it inspired a thousand cop movies but this was the original and it still remains the ideal of what the loner cop is.
Dirty Harry is wildly more complex than I ever anticipated it being. It works as both a vivid right-wing nightmare scenario and a commentary (perhaps an indictment?) on lawless vigilantism.
It also just works as great cinema. The night time scenes in the alley, on the rooftop, the run through San Francisco all use light and shadow, sound and silence, and fantastic editing to wrap the night up in real dread and tension. The quiet running of Clint Eastwood through the streets of San Francisco was more thrilling than most modern action films. That's talent.
As seen in Zodiac, it must have been really interesting for audiences to experience this movie taking on the real life Zodiac killer. I wish Callahan had come out of retirement in the late 80s / early 90s to take on.....Dahmer, I guess, so I could have had a similar experience.
Harry's partner probably would not have felt very lucky at all had that movie been made....
- A Trip to the Moon
- The Great Train Robbery
- The Birth of a Nation
- Les Vampires
- Citizen Kane
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- The Rules of the Game
- Tokyo Story
Another year, another update. 2012 List can be found here.
The following is a really extensive and great list of…
- Citizen Kane
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- Tokyo Story
- The Rules of the Game