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San Francisco Police Inspector Harry Callahan (Clint Eastwood) grabs the unflappable Scorpio (Andy Robinson), who remarks
San Francisco Police Inspector Harry Callahan (Clint Eastwood) grabs the unflappable Scorpio (Andy Robinson), who remarks "My, that's a big one."
Inspector Callahan (Clint Eastwood) wields a .458 Winchester Magnum rifle on a rooftop with his rookie partner, Chico Gonzalez (Reni Santoni).
Inspector Callahan (Clint Eastwood) wields a .458 Winchester Magnum rifle on a rooftop with his rookie partner, Chico Gonzalez (Reni Santoni).
Harry (Clint Eastwood) takes determined aim with his .44 Magnum.
Harry (Clint Eastwood) takes determined aim with his .44 Magnum.
Scorpio (Andy Robinson) grabs a convenient hostage (in real life his stepson, Stephen Zacks).
Scorpio (Andy Robinson) grabs a convenient hostage (in real life his stepson, Stephen Zacks).

Thumbnail for Dirty Harry (1971) Dirty Harry (1971)

Basic Info Rusty's rating: 80
Notable as: Action/AdventureGenre: Thriller, Action Film, Crime Fiction, Mystery, Action/Adventure, Action ThrillerMain subject: serial killerNarrative location: San FranciscoRuntime: 99 - 103 minutesLanguage: EnglishCountry: United StatesFilming location: San FranciscoDirector: Don SiegelScreenwriter: Harry Julian Fink, Dean Riesner, John Milius, Terrence Malick, R.M. FinkMusic: Lalo SchifrinCinematography: Bruce SurteesStars: Clint Eastwood, Reni Santoni, Harry Guardino, John Vernon, Andrew Robinson, John Larch, Woodrow Parfrey, Mae Mercer, Ruth Kobart, John Mitchum Producer: Don Siegel, Robert DaleyStudio: Malpaso ProductionsAwards won: National Film RegistryAward details: (details at IMDb)
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Dirty Harry is a 1971 American action film produced and directed by Don Siegel, the first in the Dirty Harry series. Clint Eastwood plays the title role, in his first outing as San Francisco Police Department Inspector "Dirty" Harry Callahan. The film drew upon the actual case of the Zodiac Killer as the Callahan character seeks out a similar vicious psychopath. Dirty Harry was a critical and commercial success and set the style for a whole genre of police films. Upon its release, film critic Roger Ebert said, "Dirty Harry is a very good example of the cops-and-killers genre." The film was followed by four sequels: Magnum Force in 1973, The Enforcer in 1976, Sudden Impact in 1983, and The Dead Pool in 1988. In 2012, the film was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress for being "culturally, historically, and aesthetically significant."


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