Overall Rank: 335
Average Rating: 3.1/4
# of Ratings: 428
Theatrical Release Date: 12/24/1971
Blu-ray/DVD Release Date: 06/03/2008
Genre: Thriller, Action
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Don Siegel
Actors: Clint Eastwood, Reni Santoni, Harry Guardino, Andrew Robinson, John Mitchum, John Vernon
Plot: A ruthless cop who ignores all the rules and gets away with it, tries to track down a San Francisco serial killer.
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Logan D. McCoy - wrote on 04/05/2021
I wouldn't say it's wrong to call "Dirty Harry" a little ultraconservative or reckless, but on the occasions when our security and justice systems break down, it might be kind of good to have people like Inspector Callahan around to stop those who end up slipping through the cracks.
Gabe - wrote on 12/19/2014
A good Eastwood film. It's not just a cop film, it's a Clint Eastwood film. Kind of like the question when is a musical, not a musical? When Elvis is in it. It's an Elvis film. The plot is pretty straightforward, there's not twists or turns. It's basically just a film to show case how awesome and manly Clint Eastwood is...and he is. He has no problem maiming or killing those that deserve it. This is especially true in the bank robbery scene. A good entertaining film.
Snoogans - wrote on 12/21/2011
First and best of the series. One of the most memorable cop films. Harry is a bona fide badass.
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Yojimbo - wrote on 05/19/2012
In the pursuit of the gleefully sadistic yet cowardly Scorpio killer, played to perfection by Andy Robinson, Detective Inspector Harry Callahan manages to step on the toes of every one of the bureaucratic superiors he holds in so much disdain. The man with no name may have been the character that made Clint a star, but it was Harry Callahan that made him an icon; he is the personification of tough guy charisma in one of the all-time classic cop thrillers. Don Siegel directs with incredible economy, encapsulating Callahan's character in a brief exchange with the mayor and his methods in the classic bank heist shoot out all within the first 15 minutes. No car chases, no explosions, no romantic interest. Just a brilliantly written, perfectly executed hard-boiled crime thriller scored …
Daniel Corleone - wrote on 10/12/2011
Scorpio (Andy Robinson), a serial killer was responsible for murdering innocent people. Homicide Inspector "Dirty" Harry Callahan (Clint Eastwood) was tasked to handle this case playing by his own rules. The antagonist abducts Ann-Marie Deacon and Harry with his partner Chico Gonzalez (Reni Santoni) chases him. After Scorpio was imprisoned, District Attorney (Josef Sommer) lets him go because of lack of evidence. Scorpio kidnaps a bus filled with children. Callahan saves the children and is left deterred with the justice system. A few memorable quotes: Harry – “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 …
LeopardExplosion - wrote on 07/09/2009
A great detective-type thriller that pleases you in ways most cop films play, or even Clint's movies work. You wish for vengeance on the villain too. Even if it means 'circumventing' the law.
Dirty Harry begins a great manly cop-thriller series full of amazing quotes and some cool characters ( when I say that I refer to Callahan and almost no one else.) Clint steals the show, it's obvious. It's always fun to see him at it with these types of roles.
Dirty Harry is a no-bar inspector who won't play by the rules. His judgement towers over his superiors, and most importantly, the law itself. When a mad rooftop sniper named Scorpio makes numerous threats to innocent people, the force gathers the ransom, playing it like Scorpio orders. but if your Harry Callahan, you wouldn't wanna play …
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