Whether or not you can sympathize with its fascistic-vigilante approach to law enforcement,Dirty Harry(directed by star Clint Eastwood's longtime friend and directorial mentor, Don Siegel) is one hell of a cop thriller. The movie makes evocative use of its San Francisco locations as cop Harry Callahan (Eastwood) tracks the elusive "Scorpio killer" who has been terrorizing the city by the Bay. As the psychopath's trail grows hotter, Harry becomes increasingly impatient and intolerant of the frustrating obstacles (departmental red tape, individuals' civil rights) that he feels are keeping him from doing his job. A characteristically taut and tense piece of filmmaking from Siegel (Invasion of the Body Snatchers,The Shootist,Escape from Alcatraz), it also remains a fascinating slice of American pop culture. It was a big hit (followed by four sequels) that obviously reflected--or exploited--the almost obsessive or paranoid fears and frustrations many Americans felt about crime in the streets. At a time when "law and order" was a familiar slogan for political candidates, Harry Callahan may have represented neither, but from his point of view his job was simple: stop criminals. To him that end justified any means he deemed necessary.--Jim Emerson
Well how do you like that?! You get the brass ring in your sights, after a long and painful journey and someone hits the reset button on you. They say those are the rules and they had to do it, MAYBE you can see they're argument but you know you just got screwed badly. It stings having to do your job ALL OVER AGAIN, but not as much knowing that it's going to do more harm then good. Dirty Harry is THE cop movie. No wisecracking buddies or gimmicks, … more
*** out of **** In many ways, "Dirty Harry" is just like all the other run-of-the-mill revenge flicks out there, although there is, in fact, a slight catch; "Dirty Harry" was pretty original at the time. It's the kind of film that sets the stage for a certain part of a certain genre, preferably here, the action sub-genre known as the "cop film", but this does not mean that we love it. I find it just as hard to love "Dirty Harry" as I do to hate it. There's an … more
A classic of action cinema, Dirty Harry is a must see for those that crave a well done thriller. while the "politics" of the film are still controversial to some to this day, there is no doubt that this film will grip you from beginning to end.
Tough cop is on the trail of a psychotic sniper and ends up battling not only the sniper but dept policies involving rights and regulations. Prototype maverick cop movie that others still draw inspiration from and launched a new movie series.
Pros: Clint Eastwood Cons: full of cons and he's putting them in jail The Bottom Line: _______________ "I know what you're thinking, punk. You're thinking, did he fire six shots or only five? Well to tell you the truth, I forgot myself in all this excitement. But being as this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world and will blow your head clean off, you've got to ask yourself a question: do I feel … more
This is the first of five "Dirty Harry" films in which Eastwood stars as a San Francisco police detective. By the time the last appeared (The Dead Pool, in 1988), Eastwood had aged and times had changed but Callahan's values and methods remained essentially the same. When initially released, Dirty Harry was immediately controversial as was Death Wish (1974). Audiences tended to be divided between those who were offended by what they considered to be excessive violence and those who (like Harry Callahan … more
"Well, do ya, punk?" If you recently watched this film, I'm sure you do. "Dirty Harry" is a legendary action film and a classic Eastwood flick, definitely among his greatest. Eastwood is "Dirty" Harry Callahan, a cop who always gets the job done - anyway it takes. Well-directed with a dynamite script and a funky score; definitely not something you should miss. Now what else was I gonna say... "Well to tell you the truth I've forgot myself in all this excitement."
Action-Packed this movie definitely is. Clint Eastwood delivers his own brand of justice in tracking down a serial killer to plagues the city of San Fransisco. The plot certainly has many exciting twists and turns as the elusive villain (Andy Robinson) is able to dodge a conviction because Eastwood's anger gets the best of him. However, Robinson to hijack a bus full of school children and Dirty Harry spots the opening and tracks his man down. Was it five shots or six, but Mr. Robinson sure was not … more