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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.
There has never been a nastier villain in cinema than Andy Robinson's Scorpio – hijacking school buses, raping teenagers, and shooting 10-year-olds in the face. Though he meets his comeuppance at the hands of Clint Eastwood's indelible Harry Callahan, the innumerable cop thrillers which borrowed from Dirty Harry - including some sequels - failed to recognise that its violent climax is not a fist-pumping moment of celebration, but one of melancholia, aided by Lalo Shiffrin's haunting jazz score.
Dumb. Right-wing, fear-mongering propaganda. So Harry is supposed to be a veteran cop that has absolutely no idea how trials work? This is not a story about a vigilante subverting a broken system. This is a story about an idiot who doesn't understand the system.
And that catchphrase is stupid too.
more the good reason why i should name my future son "Harry"
Not as shitkickingly awesome as I remembered it to be. Scorpio's freakout in the school bus when he starts screaming and slapping children has to be the most humanizing moment of a cinematic bad guy ever. Fucking whiners.
This is one of those movies that's clearly influence modern day filmmaking in its genre. The film wraps up a little quickly, but it starts off so strong and Eastwood is so good, that it quickly became one of my favorite films.
Actual Rating: 8.9/10
When a sinister sniper throws the city of San Francisco into a panic there is only one man on the police force up to the challenge, Harry Callahan aka Dirty Harry. The closer Inspector Callahan gets to catching the psychopathic killer the more dangerous the situation becomes...even more for the killer once Dirty Harry finally catches him.
So Eastwood is a badass, this we all know and love. Every line out of his month is instantly quote-worthy. Has any advertising effort done for the .357 sales that his movie did...I highly doubt it. With that said I felt this movie was certainly starting to feel dated and could probably benefit from a reboot. The villain is crazy, but ultimately feels…
"Well, do you, punk?"
Bad Ass cop meets the liberal cesspool of the San Francisco Serpico (aka Zodiac) Killer. Dirty Harry is one of those 1970's films that plays with the classic hero archetype within a contemporary setting. In this case, themes of good and evil are played out in the 1970's streets of San Francisco. Harry, played by the iconic Eastwood, is a no-frills cop set out to do the necessity of keeping society safe. This might mean bending the rules, doing the "dirty" work, or simply being the tough guy when no one else is able to.
In Harry's world, the enemy is true evil. Personified by the Scorpio killer, this archetype is what Harry is out to destroy. However, the reality…
Good film, but hasn't aged particularly well.
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