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Dirty Harry (1971)


Written by Tim Dirks

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Dirty Harry (1971)

In Don Siegel's action-crime film - the first of many films featuring the "Dirty Harry" character:

  • the character of renegade San Francisco cop "Dirty Harry" Callahan (Clint Eastwood) with a powerful .44 Magnum
Opening Bank Robbery Sequence
  • the spectacular opening bank robbery sequence that began when Harry spoke to greasy spoon counter-server Jaffe (Woodrow Parfrey) of the Burger Den, who asked what he wanted to order: "The usual? The usual lunch or the usual dinner?" - Harry flippantly responded: "Well, what difference does it make?"; his jumbo hot-dog lunch was interrupted - a signature piece in cop films - when he called in a 211 because of a suspicious tan vehicle nearby, and then heard the sound of the bank's alarm system and a gunshot, and had to put down his lunch after one bite: "Aw, s--t!"
  • in the next celebrated sequence, while still chewing, he calmly walked outside with his monstrous, long-barreled, heavyweight Smith and Wesson .44 Magnum ready for action against the three black men; after firing his weapon multiple times, he spoke to one of the cornered and wounded black men (Albert Popwell) who was reaching for his shotgun on the sidewalk; the thief heard the famous full lines of dialogue as a dare to go after his gun again: "I know what you're thinking. Did he fire six shots or only five? Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement, I've kinda lost track myself. But being as this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, and would blow your head clean off, you've got to ask yourself one question: Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya punk?" - this was followed by the criminal's surrender and implied question as Harry walked away: "I gots to know" - Harry obliged by pulling the trigger with the gun aimed at the man's head - it clicked on an empty barrel
  • the flood-lit Kezar stadium scene on the 50 yard-line when 'Dirty Harry' questioned psychotic, roof-top sniper and serial killer Scorpio (Andy Robinson): ("The girl? Where is she?...Where's the girl?"); Callahan also tortured and arrested Scorpio after wounding him, as the killer was pleading: ("I have the right for a lawyer") - ending with the lengthy pull-back helicopter shot into the darkness
  • the final hi-jacked school bus scene (with Harry riding on the top of the bus)
The Demise of Scorpio
  • the quarry gun battle that ended when the wounded killer heard another challenge with the same famous threatening lines of dialogue - and wound up shot dead
  • Harry's final gesture - discarding his police badge (Inspector 2211, SF Police) into the stagnant pond with the body of Scorpio

Sniper Scorpio
(Andy Robinson)

Kezar Stadium Confrontation Between Incensed Harry and Scorpio

Hi-Jacked School Bus

'Dirty' Harry Discarding His SFPD Badge


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