All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. 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…
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.
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.
The first time that a grim-faced cop was the hero of a film. He's rude, unpleasant and disobedient. He's an outlaw and acts as he thinks it's the best to make justice by his own no matter how dirty he needs to play.
Nobody fucks with Dirty Harry. You know with a nickname like that, that's obvious. But even his actual name, Harry Callahan says "I'm as serious shit, so. Do. Not. FUCK. WITH. ME!!! So a word to the no-goody toe shoes and the city scum: Don't fuck with Harry! Cause if you do, he will hunt you down. He will come looking for you. And if he can't find you, he will still come looking for you. And if he still can't find you, don't think for one minute that you're safe. Cause you're far from it. Cause eventually he will get you. It may be a month, a year, or even a decade later, but he " will" get you.…
Clint is pretty kool.
Let's just forget about The French Connection and reevaluate Dirty Harry instead. What we have here isn't just a film that broke boundaries in how much of the crime world media was allowed to show, but a blueprint for a taut tough crime thriller for any generation. Instead of dealing with faceless drug deals we get a more twisted villain, and through several electric performances get a narrative that's surprisingly diverse. Vigilantes are sometimes necessary for justice but also can't be tolerated by any impartial legal system.
Well Dirty Harry is most definitely badass, but it's frustratingly unfocused. The central plot of a sniper picking off random people around San Francisco, demanding a hefty ransom in order for the murders to stop is compelling enough on its own yet director Don Siegel crams the film was endlessly backstory and side stories.
Clint Eastwood is tough, cool and plenty slick as the titular "Dirty Harry", who may be unorthodox but dammit he gets results! Andy Robinson is great as the villainous Scorpio as well. Plus the action is well crafted with plenty of tense scenes interspersed throughout.
There's plenty of flaws, but when Dirty Harry all comes together it's one hell of an action thriller.
+ A few scenes of Scorpio going full psycho; whimpering on the football field, smacking around the kids on the bus. Second half is better than the first.
- Wish there was some more/better procedural stuff.
- The peace-sign belt-buckle is a bit much, dontchathink?
Liberals are destroying america, fascism is awesome!
The morality of the entire series is questionable in the extreme, as are Eastwood's personal politics but it remains a classic I rewatch occasionally.
Viewing this movie through contemporary eyes, this movie certainly has problems. However, looking at this movie based on when it was made, this movie holds up as a very good action/revenge tale.
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…