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.
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…
Oddly, I had never seen this all the way through until now, and I'd frequently heard about its fascist overtones for such a long time. I don't know if it's time or perhaps what we know of reality that has caused this, but the fascist/vigilante aspects seem somewhat tame compared to what I know of most other movies of this type. For one thing, the brass/superiors/district attorney are almost comically by the book, threatening Harry's job at almost every turn. If this movie had taken place in real life, I feel almost certainly that a suspected child kidnapper/cop killer would have his evidence tampered with or been set up in SOME manner in order to guarantee a conviction. Instead of…
“When a naked man is chasing 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.”
-Harry Callahan (Clint Eastwood)
Ok, as promised on my last review this one will be short and succinct.
I know what you’re thinking. “Did he rate it five stars or only four?” Well to tell you the truth, since this is easily one of the most powerful and memorable crime thrillers of all time, I kinda lost track in the excitement.
I guess at the end of every film you’ve got to ask yourself one question: Would I watch it again? Well, would ya, punk?
VERDICT; Yes, yes I most certainly would.
4.5/5 or 9/10
Dirty Harry is about a San Francisco Police Officer named Harry Callahan, who is on the hunt for a serial killer dubbed The Scorpio Killer who kills innocent people and demands ransoms left at the scene of the crime. It is up to Harry to track down this killer before he strikes again.
It might not sound like much but that was all that was needed for this classic to become a hit. Why reach for to much when a simple plot is good enough? The movie itself its better off for it and it helped breath new life in the career of Clint Eastwood who at this point had been known mostly for his westerns, specifically The Man With…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
"Do ya feel lucky, Punk?"
Directed by Don Siegel and starring Clint Eastwood as "Dirty" Harry Callahan, this was the 1971 urban thriller that changed the rule book on cops and robbers in films, and made the record books with a number of classic sequences and memorable lines.
A sadistic serial killer calling himself "Scorpio" (Andy Robinson) murders a girl in a San Francisco swimming pool, using a high-powered rifle from a nearby rooftop. San Francisco Police Inspector Harry Callahan (Eastwood) finds a ransom message demanding the city pay him $100,000. Scorpio also promises that for each day that the city refuses his demand, he will commit a murder, and his next victim will be "a Catholic priest or a nigger". The chief of police…
I know what you're thinking; "Did he give it five stars or only four?" Well, to tell you the truth in all this excitement I kinda don't know myself. But being as this is Dirty Harry, the best of these late 60s/early 70s cop pictures, and Clint Eastwood would knock my head clean off if I didn't, I guess this movie is feeling pretty lucky now.
I like the part where Clint's face hurts.
"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 as 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
Clint Eastwood is awesome in this movie, it made me think that; would I ever be a homicide pollice officer I want to be as badass and cool as 'Dirty' Harry Callahan.
If you haven't seen this movie yet, you should enjoy it if you watch it.
Its took me a long time to get round to seeing this, finally I saw it tonight.
Its a pretty decent film, which probably would resonate better with people more from that generation; as a 27 year old born in 1985' I'm kind of used to bad cop maverick films; but I can still see its importance back then and today.
The best thing is that 'Dirty Harry' was meant to have ben played by Frank Sinatra, but he hurt it hand or something.... clearing the way for Clint. Sinatra may have brought a more drunk, self-loathing womanising character to the film which, for me, would have been a good thing, but it just wouldn't have worked in the end…
Dirty Harry is a pseudo-crime thriller comedy starring Clint Eastwood. He is a slick walkin' dirty talkin' son of a gun. He seems to love justice but not the justice system. Sometimes movies are timeless, but this one feels ancient as certain plot elements and pieces of scenery seem dated.
It's about some killer, Scorpio, who demands $100,000 or he will murder someone every day. Back in the day this was a large sum of money, but to me it just conjures up a picture of the scene from Austin Powers. Also, it is set in San Francisco and it's so old it's missing the Transamerica Pyramid.
A lot of the movie feels disjointed and maybe unintentionally humorous. We follow…
Not at all what I expected. So much better than I expected. NEVER UNDERESTIMATE CLINT EASTWOOD HE WILL GIVE YOU WHIPLASH WHEN HE YANKS YOU BACK INTO THE REALITY OF HIS BADASSERY.