Dirty Harry

  • 18
  • Don Siegel (1971)
  • US
  • 102 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
5 out of 5

Movie history might have run differently had Frank Sinatra not injured his hand, causing him to relinquish the role of renegade cop "Dirty" Harry Callahan to Clint Eastwood. This is the first and best outing for Eastwood's San Francisco police inspector, in which he tramples on the American Constitution to bring gibbering psycho Andrew Robinson to justice. Directed by Don Siegel with his usual toughness and crisp efficiency, this is a masterpiece of action movie-making. Eastwood displays all the characteristic hard-boiled traits that are now part of his screen persona and cinema folklore. Making good use of Golden Gate locations, and armed with a smart and darkly cynical script, this original generates an excitement that none of the four sequels could match.

Plot Summary

Crime thriller starring Clint Eastwood. San Francisco cop "Dirty" Harry Callahan is assigned the case of a sniper who has murdered a young girl and threatened further killings if his ransom demand is not met. Dismayed to find himself partnered with a raw recruit, Callahan is soon at odds with his bosses over whether to pay off the killer.

Cast and crew

Cast

Harry Callahan
Clint Eastwood
Lieutenant Bressler
Harry Guardino
Chico
Reni Santoni
Mayor
John Vernon
Killer
Andrew Robinson
Chief
John Larch
DeGeorgio
John Mitchum
Mrs Russell
Mae Mercer
Norma
Lyn Edgington
Bus driver
Ruth Kobart
Mr Jaffe
Woodrow Parfrey
Rothko
Josef Sommer
Bannerman
William Paterson
Liquor store proprietor
James Nolan
Sid Kleinman
Maurice S Argent
Miss Willis
Jo DeWinter
Sergeant Reineke
Craig Kelly (1)

Crew

Director
Don Siegel

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Columbia-Warner Dists
Guidance: 
Violence, swearing and nudity.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Certificate 18
Categories
Drama

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