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Dirty Harry (1971)

When a mad man calling himself 'the Scorpio Killer' menaces the city, tough as nails San Francisco Police Inspector Harry Callahan is assigned to track down and ferret out the crazed psychopath.

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Killer (as Andy Robinson)
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Sid Kleinman (as Maurice S. Argent)
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In the year 1971, San Francisco faces the terror of a maniac known as Scorpio- who snipes at innocent victims and demands ransom through notes left at the scene of the crime. Inspector Harry Callahan (known as Dirty Harry by his peers through his reputation handling of homicidal cases) is assigned to the case along with his newest partner Inspector Chico Gonzalez to track down Scorpio and stop him. Using humiliation and cat and mouse type of games against Callahan, Scorpio is put to the test with the cop with a dirty attitude. Written by commanderblue

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Action | Crime | Thriller

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23 December 1971 (USA)  »

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Dead Right  »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$28,153,434, 31 December 1972
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Scorpio's sniper rifle is a 7.7 Arisaka type 2 Takedown rifle fitted with a Maxim & Hiram suppressor. See more »

Goofs

Near the end of the movie, Scorpio directs the mayor to provide an airplane for his escape at Santa Rosa airport. When he hijacks the bus, he directs the bus driver to exit the 101 northbound at Sir Francis Drake Blvd - which makes no sense, as Santa Rosa Airport is some 50 miles north of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard. See more »

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The Killer: Drop the gun, freeze! I'll blow his brains out! DROP THE FUCKING GUN!
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Spoofed in The Critic: Sherman of Arabia (1995) See more »

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One of the defining film of the 1970s
18 October 2003 | by See all my reviews

Released on Christmas Day 1971, "Dirty Harry" transformed Clint Eastwood from cult figure to superstar. Another maverick cop thriller, "The French Connection," was released a few months earlier, and it may have won the Oscars and garnered the critical acclaim, but "Dirty Harry" is the true classic of the two, and the most influential. Great action magnificently directed by Don Siegel, the master of the genre, great dialogue, and relentless tension make this the ultimate detective thriller and one of the defining films of the 1970s.


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