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Dirty Harry
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by Chef ADogg

"Brutal, sensational filmmaking."
4 stars

Don Siegel packs this bitch with lots of early-seventies attitude (cheesy blaxploitation music floats and whirls over the action sequences; the main character shoots a man while finishing up his lunch), but it really is a powerful piece of work, especially viewed now, in the age of overkill. Quiet and intense, much like its main character, “Dirty Harry” gets the job done with a minimum of noise and corn. EXTREMELY refreshing.

This is a cult classic for obvious reasons—-vigilante cop talks back to his superiors and operates on a shoot-first, no-questions-whatsoever policy. Right there you have your main bases covered. Teenage boys, frustrated businessman, and aging old schoolers who ache to pull the switch on every offender, no matter what the offense, should all be able to respond to this film in a big way. These are the people who have made it a classic, and power to them.

But the discerning film fan should also find much of interest. You want action sequences? Siegel’s got ‘em in large, pleasing numbers. A nimble director, he finds just the right star in Clint Eastwood, who walks through the dry San Francisco landscapes with a loping gait, a look equal parts grimace and smirk perpetually plastered on his face. He plays Dirty Harry Callahan, a one man army who takes out most of this big city’s trash.

“Now you know why they call me Dirty Harry,” he says at one point to his rookie partner. “Any dirty job that comes along. . .” Indeed—this guy does everything, be it talking down jumpers or chasing down snipers.

“Dirty Harry,” the first film in a popular series, concentrates on the latter activity. A madman is dodging across the rooftops of sunny SF, picking off vulnerable targets. One of the smartest things about this movie is the killer, and his motives—when he promises to kill a priest or a Negro next, it’s obvious he does it not because he’s smart but because he enjoys watching the good guys get flustered. He’s a gleeful troublemaker, and his final act of malice is the film’s high point.

Going back to the wants and desires of the discerning film fan, this flick also offers up plenty of hardboiled dialogue and wise performances from an excellent cast. Look closely for John Vernon’s few scenes as the mayor, and the big black guy who gets paid to pummel the villain (one of the funniest scenes I have ever scene, in my entire life).

“Dirty Harry” delivers, period. Smart action, lots of quotable lines, and more sheer asskickin’ than you can shake a .44 Magnum at. If the idea of Clint Eastwood stepping on his victim’s freshly shot leg in order to extract a confession doesn’t get your motor going, congratulations—you’re a compassionate human being.

For the rest of us, there’s “Dirty Harry.”

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originally posted: 11/30/99 17:47:01
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1/23/18 Jill Great 70s actioner w/ the sickest villain since Tommy Udo 5 stars
9/13/17 morris campbell a iconic exciting film 4 stars
3/04/15 stanley welles corny, poorly-paced and flatly acted 2 stars
6/21/11 Silkworm Gripping, atmospheric, eye for an eye, fuck off movie 5 stars
7/14/10 MP Bartley An iconic film, character and performance that oozes cool. 5 stars
11/30/09 action movie fan a great classic terrific action drama 5 stars
10/12/08 Shaun Wallner One of my favorite all time films. 5 stars
8/05/08 Screwball I love Dirty Harry !!! 5 stars
3/23/08 Bonkey the Cow America could use more cops like Dirty Harry!!! Shoot first...ask questions later! 5 stars
11/08/07 jukalooka can't stop watching, the psycho is great 5 stars
9/27/07 mr.mike history is made 5 stars
6/12/07 al smith wow clint is amazing.one of the best screen characters of all time 5 stars
5/12/07 Quigley Aside from the odious nudity this movie is totally awesome. Classic lines and great action 4 stars
1/15/07 David Pollastrini brilliant, great action 5 stars
12/07/06 R.W.Welch You gotta love the intensity. Clint's top characterization. 5 stars
6/07/06 Peggy Doty GOOD MOVIE IN ITS DAY 4 stars
1/11/06 JM Synth That there is currently no rating lower than "Worth a Look" says it all 5 stars
3/21/05 indrid cold It's too bad; so many cliches started with DH that it loses all impact. 4 stars
1/04/05 fuck im a goooooooooooooooodsf u idiot ARCHANIST 101 clint's genres r completely different 2 their's 5 stars
12/09/04 MOVIE GUY WAT A MOVIE..............FUCK!!! 5 stars
8/27/04 Archanist 101 Before Seagal... Before Stallone... Before Chow-Yun Fat... There was Clint Eastwood!!!!!!!! 5 stars
7/02/04 oparz best.movee/eva 5 stars
5/28/04 jesse when he shoots scorpio accross the football oval 5 stars
5/09/04 john bale Classic Serial Killer v/s relentless Cop, often later imitated, but never bettered 5 stars
3/23/04 KGB Without a doubt, an instant classic 5 stars
2/19/04 LIAM JACKSON We need more cops who are allowed to use callahan's methods without superior persecution. 5 stars
2/16/04 john the best of the series - great urban western! 5 stars
12/25/03 Sugarfoot Wonderful....Great move to see alongside Death Wish. 4 stars
10/20/03 Keneth Frequency Great movie. 5 stars
10/19/03 Lesterwink23 A badass action landmark with many imitators and few equals. 5 stars
9/30/03 Shane Myers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ONE OF MY TOP FAVOURITE FILMS OF ALL TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 5 stars
7/04/03 Sam Moszynski The greatest police action-thriller ever made! 5 stars
7/01/03 AD clints orignal and best 5 stars
6/17/03 Andrew Callaway Clever dialogue. Incredible action sequences. Realism at it's best. 5 stars
1/13/03 Paul Coleman Timeless Eastwood masterpiece! Great Lalo Schifrin music score! 5 stars
9/27/02 Tom Fleeman Do you feel lucky? You fucking PUNK! Great Flick! 5 stars
9/16/02 Charles Tatum Wow, an action film with a brain 4 stars
5/25/02 chris wright they don't make like this anymore. 5 stars
5/18/02 john waite offensive..sexist,so politicly uncorrect it hurts!!...a true classic!! 5 stars
1/25/02 Andrew Carden Overrated, but Still Worth Watching For A Memorable Performance By Eastwood. 4 stars
1/21/02 Michael Flynn "Ah, ah, I know what you're thinking..." you know the rest. 5 stars
9/23/01 Larry Smith "Did I fire 5 shots or 6?" "I got's to know!" Yeah, Eastwood! 5 stars
7/21/01 viking A landmark action film 5 stars
6/08/01 Shams Huque Great film. One of Eastwood's best. Classic dialogue! 5 stars
5/25/01 Padraic Coffey Stylish, gripping and violent, this is one of Eastwood's best. 5 stars
5/21/01 Monster W. Kung It's a good movie, but I can't see why this gained such a cult following. 4 stars
5/07/01 Monday Morning Klassik Kop flick. Gotta luvvit. 5 stars
3/16/01 matt perry the original crazed action hero !5 stars 5 stars
2/02/01 Evan Jones Titanic performance by Robinson as Scorpio! 5 stars
11/27/00 Cristopher Revilla the best in the series, 5 stars
5/19/00 tank A great film. Harry's not fascist. Critic Pauline Kael should look up the word. 5 stars
4/22/00 Scott Unfried Don Siegel directed a great modern classic, accomodated by superbly acted roles,great music 5 stars
11/30/99 JonnyAngel Too ill. 5 stars
7/07/99 Ben Leostein Rating: *** (out of ****) Category: "Good" 4 stars
7/03/99 J-Dogg This is truly a great, fast-paced, never boring, bubble gum popcorn flick. Luv it. 4 stars
6/14/99 Dylan Fucking A- what the fuck happened to Clint after the 70's were over with???? 5 stars
5/12/99 ras_jose@yahoo.com best "cop-as-anti-hero" movie ever made. 5 stars
4/26/99 Lucas jackson Dirty Harry is one the best movies ever made,you a facist cop with one hell of a big gun, 5 stars
3/02/99 little jerry Why doesn't Harry quit moaning & live like The Man With No Name if society sucks so bad. 4 stars
11/27/98 Mr.Pink One of Clint's best! 4 stars
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