Dirty Harry

Dirty Harry

Don Siegel (1971)

X Certificate


Our Score
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.


Maverick San Francisco detective `Dirty' Harry Callahan sets out to capture a deranged sniper picking off victims at random. Although his own tactics barely stay within the confines of the law, he is determined the killer will face his particular brand of justice, regardless of his superiors' disapproval. Don Siegel's thriller, starring Clint Eastwood, Harry Guardino and Andy Robinson.

Cast & Crew

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)
Director Don Siegel
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Columbia-Warner DistsGuidance: Violence, swearing and nudity.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray