Dirty Harry (1971) USA
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Director:Don Siegel
Studio:Warner Home Video
Producer:Don Siegel, Carl Pingitore
Writer:Harry Julian Fink, Rita M. Fink
Date Added:2006-04-29
Awards:1 nomination
Picture Format:Widescreen
Aspect Ratio:2.35:1
Languages:English, Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
Subtitles:English, Spanish, French
Don Siegel  ...  (Director)
Harry Julian Fink, Rita M. Fink  ...  (Writer)
Clint Eastwood  ...  Insp. Harry Callahan
Andrew Robinson  ...  Scorpio Killer
Harry Guardino  ...  Lt. Al Bressler
Reni Santoni  ...  Insp. Chico Gonzalez
John Vernon  ...  The Mayor
John Larch  ...  The Chief
John Mitchum  ...  Insp. Frank DiGiorgio
Mae Mercer  ...  Mrs. Russell
Lyn Edgington  ...  Norma
Ruth Kobart  ...  Bus Driver
Woodrow Parfrey  ...  Mr. Jaffe
Josef Sommer  ...  Dist. Atty. William T. Rothko
William Paterson  ...  Judge Bannerman
James Nolan  ...  Liquor Store Owner
Maurice Argent  ...  Sid Kleinman (as Maurice S. Argent)
Comments: You don't assign him to murder cases, You just turn him loose.

Summary: 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. The digital video disc preserves the film's anamorphic widescreen format. --Jim Emerson