Dirty Harry (1971)


DirtyHarry-1“Yeah, well, when an adult male is chasing a female with intent to commit rape, I shoot the bastard – that’s my policy. ” – Harry Callahan

Number of Times Seen – at least 2 (cable in the 90’s and 16 Mar 2016)

Brief Synopsis – An opinionated Police Inspector tries to handle the case of a madman who is randomly killing people in the city and will only stop if he is paid a large sum of money.

My Take on it – The last time I saw this film was over twenty years ago and I really didn’t remember much about it besides the famous Dirty Harry quote (which everyone apparently misquotes).

The story itself is done quite well as far as procedurals go and we really get to know and understand the main character’s motivation and beliefs about justice and the justice system in general.

Clint Eastwood is perfect as the main character and I doubt many other actors would have been able to make the character as iconic as he was able to do.

Callahan is a very atypical cop and he is very opinionated and unafraid to speak his mind when things aren’t being done the right way.

He was one of the first Hollywood characters who was very apolitical and did what he felt was right, not necessarily what the politics of the situation required.

I have always been a huge fan of The Naked Gun: From The Files of Police Squad! (1988) and only now understood the joke about the Shakespeare in the Park actors because of this movie.

The character of Dirty Harry and his attitude has had such a strong effect on popular culture in the 45 years since this movie came out and it is very deserving of such an honor.

Bottom Line – Very intriguing police procedural that works well because it is led by a very untypical police detective who has no qualms stating his opinions on how crime should be fought.  Eastwood is great as the no-nonsense cop and we a very good perception of how crime fighting should take place instead of how is really is when things get too political.  Love how this movie has been referenced so much over the years in other films. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – In 1972, a copycat crime took place in the state of Victoria in Australia, in which two men kidnapped a teacher and six pupils at gunpoint and demanded a $1 million ransom. The state government agreed to pay but the children managed to escape and the kidnappers were subsequently jailed. One of them was called Eastwood. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy

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