Dirty Harry

Warner Bros. / The Malpaso Company Released 1971


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Dirty Harry

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Don Siegel

Harry Callahan is an unsociable police officer who puts his faith in a large S & W .44 Magnum revolver. He is more apt to shoot first and ask questions later. Because his wife died after being run over by a hit and run driver, Harry hunts the bad guys with a vengeance. Because of this, Harry becomes a renegade cop who seeks justice in controversial ways. His latest mission is to find Charles Davis. Called the Scorpio Killer, Charles is a serial killer who shoots at random people from rooftop perches, claiming he will stop only when the mayor pays him a huge sum of money. Harry is upset over his town becoming terrorized by an unknown killer and begins a cat and mouse game with him.


Metacritic Score

  • 100


    It is also, of course, quite unrelentingly cool.

  • 100

    Time Out Joshua Rothkopf

    Try to get Siegel's masterful camera rise out of your head: gun-happy Harry looming over his jabbering perp, who screams like a stuck pig as the shot recedes high into a dense nigh...

  • 75

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Dirty Harry is very effective at the level of a thriller. At another level, it uses the most potent star presence in American movies -- Clint Eastwood -- to lay things on the line....

Clint Eastwood

Clint Eastwood

Police Inspector Harry Callahan

Harry Guardino

Harry Guardino

Police Lt. Al Bressler

Andrew Robinson

Andrew Robinson

Charles 'Scorpio Killer' Davis

John Vernon

John Vernon

The Mayor

Reni Santoni

Reni Santoni

Police Inspector Chico Gonzalez

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    • Production Budget - $4,000,000
      Domestic Gross - $35,976,000 (5th)

      Domestic Adjusted for 2013 - $177,917,673

    • Filming locations include:
      San Francisco, California
      Mill Valley, California
      Universal Studios, Universal City, California
      Larkspur, California
      Warner Brothers Burbank Studios, Burbank, California

    • Taglines:
      1. Do you feel lucky punk?
      2. Detective Harry Callahan. He doesn't break murder cases. He smashes them.
      3. Clint Eastwood is "Dirty Harry." And boy, does he get all the dirty jobs.
      4. Dirty Harry and the homicidal maniac. Harry's the one with the badge.
      5. With his .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, Dirty Harry wipes out crime to hell.
      6. You don't assign him to murder cases, You just turn him loose.


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