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…
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.
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.
"You're off the case McGarnagle!" "You're off YOUR case, chief!"
Uh uh. 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 kinda lost track myself. But being this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world and would blow you head clean off, you've gotta ask yourself one question: "Do I feel lucky?" Well, do ya, punk?
While I was watching this, I came up with two related conclusions:
A. Action has changed so much since this, particularly changing entirely as a genre in the 1980s
B. This is the best action film that predates 1980
You can have a problem with this film morally, but I don't think you can have a problem with it on a technical level. In terms of the lead performance, the direction, the script, and even the unsettling score, this is a great film.
You don't have to agree with the main character's philosophy to find Harry Callahan compelling. In fact, he might be more compelling if you don't agree with him. He is a remarkably interesting action/adventure protagonist. Comparing him…
Dirty Harry is essential Clint Eastwood. A classic!
'When a man is chasing a woman through an alley with a butcher’s knife and a hard-on, I figure he isn’t out collecting for the Red Cross.'
That Dirty Harry is a real hardass son of a bitch isn't he.
Clint Eastwood is on point with this film whit his don't give a dam attached and his sick lines like "do you feel lucky punk" makes this move really enjoyable. Also the dude who played the crazy sniper look and acted like a real piece of shit, which really made hate his character in a good way. The only thing I didn't like was how like half the movie was shot at night so half the time I could barley see what is going on but that didn't take away from all the good acting.
Pauline Kael called Dirty Harry a right wing fantasy with a fascist agenda. If that's true, then the same is true of America. I, however, do not believe Don Siegel set out to make a fascist work. What he did was create an action film that unflinchingly reflects that bloodlust for street level justice that has always permeated American culture. Siegel never overtly criticizes or derides the behavior of his film's titular character Dirty Harry thus making it very easy to view this film as an advertisement for Magnum handguns. Were Kael alive today she may have even more of a reason to lambast this film for stirring suburban fears and the chilling believe that justice come from the barrel…
The dawn of a new era. Dirty Harry started the '70's with an attitude that is felt today. The rogue cop is an extension of the western. If we want to be self-referential, you could say that Eastwood was just updating his Man with No Name character to a modern environment.
No matter how you look at it, films like Lethal Weapon and Die Hard: With a Vengeance have taken directly from this film, while others use the overall message. Even 24's Jack Bauer is basically Harry Callahan.
This first adventure is full of great moments, great lines and great cinematography. My favorite shot from this film is the helicopter pull out from the stadium when Eastwood is about to put the hurt on Scorpio.
In 1971 I wasn't even an idea yet, so I the following is only a theory at best as I wasn't there and can't actually know for sure. However, I imagine Harry Callahan was quite a shocking character back in the day, being a violent, racist and insubordinate cop living on the edge. Nowadays he seems quite tame however – dropped in most modern American police stations he might possibly be the most even tempered, moral guy. Here we see Harry squaring off against a ruthless murderer who calls himself Scorpio as he terrorizes the streets of San Francisco.
There is no denying the level of influence Dirty Harry has had in cinema, is has…