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Dirty Harry
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  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 42 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Released: September 9, 2008
  • Originally Released: 1971
  • Label: Warner Home Video

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Entertainment Reviews:

Certified Fresh91%

Total Count: 44


User Ratings: 76,696
Rating: 3/5 -- What makes Dirty Harry worth watching no matter how dumb the story, is Siegel's superb sense of the city, not as a place of moods but as a theater for action. Full Review
New York Times
May 21, 2003
Rating: 3/5 -- '70s rebel-cop classic is way too edgy for kids. Full Review
Common Sense Media
Sep 14, 2010
Rating: B+ -- A significant film ideologically, this right-wing revenge crimer catapulted Clint Eastwood to major stardom and launched a whole cycle of films about taking the law into your hands. Full Review
Apr 17, 2011
A crisp, beautifully paced film, full of Siegel's wonderful coups of cutting and framing. Full Review
Chicago Reader
Mar 1, 2007
No less than Siegel's Invasion of the Body Snatchers, it offers a fabulous, multifarious political metaphor. (And, as with Body Snatchers, Siegel's own liberal interpretation was trumped by a more forceful hard-right reading.
Village Voice
Apr 4, 2006
Seminal law-and-order cinema. Full Review
Time Out
Jan 26, 2006
Don Siegel's action thriller hasn't aged a single day since its release... Full Review
Cinema Crazed
Jul 6, 2010

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DVD Features:

  • Keep Case
  • Widescreen
  • Audio:

Dolby Digital - English, French, Spanish, Japanese, Portuguese
Subtitles - English, French, Spanish, Japanese, Portuguese
  • Additional Release Material:

Interview Gallery
Audio Commentary: Richard Schickel - Clint Eastwood's Biographer
1. Dirty Harry's Way
2. Dirty Harry: The Original

Entertainment Reviews:

Premiere - 12/01/2003

"[I]mpactful for how it cold-cocked the movies' good-guy cop persona."

Total Film - 04/01/2004

"Andrew Robinson gives an indelible performance..."

Entertainment Weekly - 06/13/2008

"Tautly directed by Don Siegel, it's a terrific, politically polarizing thriller."

Product Description:

A tremendously controversial film, both decried as an apologia for fascism and hailed as the solution to a decade of rising crime, DIRTY HARRY propelled Clint Eastwood's career into the stratosphere while adding another archetype to join his Man with No Name in film iconography. Clint stars as Harry Callahan, a truculent San Francisco police detective well known for his vicious take-no-prisoners attitude toward criminals. With the city of San Francisco being terrorized by the psychotic killer known only as Scorpio (Andrew Robinson), Harry is assigned by the mayor (John Vernon) and Lt. Bressler (Harry Guardino) to try to stop him, pairing him with reluctantly accepted new partner Chico (Reni Santoni). Scorpio kidnaps a 14-year-old girl and buries her alive, demanding a $200,000 ransom for her return. Harry is to bring him the money--alone. What follows is one of the most exciting ransom deliveries in film history. The prototype for most of the action films through the rest of the century, DIRTY HARRY rises far above most of them due mostly to an excellent script and Eastwood's gripping acting. That said, the main character's contemptuous attitude toward the Miranda law seems far more damning now that it did in the early 970s.

Description by Warner Home Video:

In a signature role, Clint Eastwood plays a streetwise San Francisco police detective who gets the job done. A rooftop sniper (Andy Robinson) named Scorpio has killed twice. Harry Callahan will nail the perp... one way or the other... no matter what "the system" prescribes. Filming on location, director Don Siegel made the city by the Bay a vital part of one of the best police thrillers ever made.

Plot Synopsis:

Clint Eastwood stars in one of his most popular roles, as Harry Callahan, a determined cop hunting down the psychotic Scorpio. But just when he thinks the case is closed, the chase begins again. This violent and controversial hit paved the way for several sequels and a slew of urban cop movies.

Plot Keywords:

Action |Classic |Cops |Detectives |Essential Cinema |Justice |Killer |Psychos |Recommended |Theatrical Release |Thieves


"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 kind of lost track myself. But being 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 a question. 'Do I feel lucky?' Well, do ya, punk? -- Dirty Harry (Clint Eastwood) to Scorpio (Andrew Robinson)

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Action | Thieves | Detectives | Classic | Psychos | Justice | Killer | Cops | Recommended | Theatrical Release | Essential Cinema

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